Pro SUP Shop presents a Performance Paddling Weekend. Hosted at the Jamaica Bay Inn: Candice Appleby, Anthony Vela, and Matt Becker in a 2-Day SUP Racing Clinic.
Starting with a Friday night social at Jamaica Bay Inn, Jan 17th Anthony, Matt, and Candice will be on hand for the Del Rey Yacht Club’s Sundown Race with a Friday night social at the Jamaica Bay Inn to follow.
This one of a kind clinic will include two 4-hour sessions from 8am-12pm on Saturday and Sunday (1/18-1/19). Plus a special “Talk Story” with Candice, Anthony, and Matt on Saturday afternoon.
Highlights include: Video stroke analysis, Indo Board drills, and sponsor giveaways. Other topics to be covered include: Race strategy, Stroke Technique, Nutrition & Hydration, SUP Drills, Buoy Turns, Interval Training, and Cross Training. Space is limited.
Questions: email firstname.lastname@example.org
To book a room at the Jamaica Bay Inn call: (310) 823-5333
Or use the code “SUP” in the white promo code box at jamaicabayinn.com to get special room rates available for clinic participants.
52 kids, 8 states + Australia, 7 divisions, and the 1st ever sup surfing Junior Pro
History was made at the Inaugural Performance Paddling Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta presented by Ocean Minded. For the first time, a venue was created for the youth, only, to display their advanced skills. With the numerous flat-water races, event founders Candice Appleby and Anthony Vela wanted to showcase the surf side of our sport. And that is exactly what happened.
On May 5, over fifty youth sup athletes congregating on Bolsa Chica State Beach, in the city of Huntington Beach. It was a little cold and windy, but the surf picked up to a fun size, which meant it was going to be a day to remember.
Anthony Vela explains, “Candice and I used a simple formula, Kids + Waves = FUN. The fact that it was cold, and we had south wind all day didn’t prevent anyone from having an amazing day!”
Noah Yap was the first in the water, and it’s worth mentioning he was the last to leave the nigh before as well. You could see his youthful exuberance as he made his way through the 2’-3’ waves, and it definitely showed in his surfing. Other paddlers began to warm up. Eventually the water was cleared, a circle was formed, and the blessing began by Candice Appleby, followed by the singing of our National Anthem by Junior Pro Invite Izzi Gomez.
The event ran much smoother than the surface of the wind-blown waves. Seven divisions of racing, seven divisions of age group sup surfing all completed on schedule. Finishing the day with the two Junior Pro Finals. After the last age group heat finished, the 8 finalists were introduced to the crowd, then, the remaining 40+ competitors joined them for an epic group photo. First final to hit the water included Riggs Napoleon (Oahu), Giorgio Gomez (Florida), Noah Yap (Maui), and Fisher Grant (Florida). First wave of the final, Noah Yap does the best turn of the entire day, and never looked back. Fisher, Riggs, and Giorgio finished 2nd-4th respectively.
Next the girls paddled out in the tricky conditions and quickly showed their skills. In a very close scoring heat Vanina Walsh (Oahu) took the win, earning $1000 followed by Izzi Gomez (Florida)$750, Sofia DeWolfe (Idaho) $500, and Lara Claydon (Maui) $350. Equal prize purse for male and female.
Save the date: May 4, 2014 will be the 2nd Annual Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta!
Thanks SUPtheMag for the previously released Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta Recap
Special thanks to all of the parents and athletes who helped make this day possible.
Performance Paddling would also like to thank everyone who helped make this day run like a glassy summer day:
Water Safety: Matt Becker, Jack Back, Slader Bark
La Familia: Kristen Thomas, Karl & Lynelle Ring, Diane Wenzel, Ron House, Dave Boehne, Caleb Roberts, Michelle & Bob Goosen, Mel Wygal, Mike Mauri
Martha & Mark Becker, Amy & Joe Bark, Judie & Robin Vivian, Shawneen & Matt Schweitzer, Micky Munoz, Byron Kurt, Dave Boehne, Duke Brouwer, Dreu Murin
Adre, Eric, Alex, Martha, and Erin from Supconnect
Photographers: Harry Wiewel and Jeff Berting
Special thanks to the WPA for supporting this event from the beginning stages.
And of course all of our amazing sponsors:
Del Taco, Surftech, Boardworks
Sweeet Waterwear, Maui Jim, Quickblade, Indo Board
Infinity Surfboards, SUPtheMag, Bark, Daphne’s, Candice Appleby
Onit Pro, Victory Kore Dry, WPA, FCS, Supconnect, Puka Patch, Sol Cabana
$5000 Prize Money, Australia, Maui, Oahu, Oregon, Idaho, Florida, and California all represented in the Junior Pro. 7 Divisions for Age Group sup surfing & racing! Live HD Webcast!
HUNTINGTON BEACH, California – Anticipation is building for the Inaugural Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta presented by Ocean Minded. ·Many of the Junior Pro’s are arriving to Southern California and have been spotted at Bolsa Chica Beach practicing on location.·
With the Junior Pro only 2 days away, the local community is beginning to buzz with excitement and while some Junior Pro’s have already competed in dozens of competitions, others are preparing for their first ever sup surf competition, which is one aspect of the competition.
“The reason that Candice and I chose Bolsa Chica State Beach, in Huntington Beach, was because of the forgiving way in which the wave brakes. ·During this time of the year the bottom slopes nicely making it a great wave for beginners, and a high performance wave at the same time,” says event organizer Anthony Vela. ·For 80% of the kids, it will be their first sup surf contest ever·which will definitely provide both highlights and memories.
For many of the groms (kids) this weekend will also create impressionable moments based on who they will meet. The Junior Pro will have such an incredible list of volunteers and sponsors who will surprise the young riders with their presence. Noa Hopper (13) for example, is one of the youngest Junior Pro Invites. He will be riding a custum Mike Mauri 7’0”, and racing a 12’6” Ron House. He doesn’t know it yet, but both Ron and Mike are two of the volunteers assembled for this groundbreaking event and Noa will have a chance to meet the men who made his gear of choice possible. Many other sup personalities will also be around sharing the stoke and passing the wisdom.
Be sure to tune in and engage with the HD Webcast which will be broadcast LIVE on www.supconnect.com/live. You can also tweet and follow along using the hashtag # The day will begin promptly at 8:00am with a blessing, briefing, and singing of the national anthem by Junior Pro invite, Izzi Gomez.
8:15am – Seven divions of sup surf racing
10:00am – SUP surfing heats begin
Remember, Boardworks Surf and Surftech SUP have both donated 2 boards (4 total) as special awards so come and be sure to find out who gets them. You can also check the Performance Paddling facebook page for updates and photos.
Registration closes May 3. TODAY at 11:00pm PST NO BEACH ENTRIES
The Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta would like to thanks Ocean Minded, Boardworks, Surftech, Del Taco, Maui Jim, Quickblade, Sweetwater Wear, Indo Board Infinity, SuptheMag, Bark, Onit Pro, Victory KoreDry, Suplove and Daphne’s California Greek, WPA, Surfing America, Positive Existence Printing, Supconnect, FCS, Puka Patch,and Candice Appleby.
The two, separately organized, events will pull together some of the greatest aspects of our sport: sharing, caring, competition, health, and fun. There will also be an amazing gathering of talent from across the globe including athletes from California, Oahu, Maui, Florida, Idaho, Oregon, and Australia. These groms will be competing for $5000 in prize money on Sunday, but they will also being helping with the Clinics at the Standup for the Cure event on Saturday.
Ocean Minded is excited about the event as well. ”We are extremely proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Performance Paddling Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta”, stated Ocean Minded’s Marketing Director, Bob Tanner. ”Performance Paddling has shown a continual commitment to stand-up paddling, with an emphasis on the sport’s youth, and we think it’s phenomenal that they have put together a world class event for these elite junior athletes. Ocean Minded looks forward to being on-hand for this one-of-a-kind authentic event and continuing to support the stand-up community, which Performance Paddling plays such a large role in,” finished Tanner.
Just as Bolsa Chica was the location of Candice Appleby’s first surfing contest, the SUP Fiesta will be the site of many young sup athletes first sup surfing contest as well. This will also be the first sup race through waves for many young competitors. The finest crew of SUP enthusiasts will be assembled to help every child succeed, and most importantly have fun.
Celebrity Sup judges, announcers, and volunteers will be on hand to encourage the youngsters and to celebrate their performances throughout the day. A Pro Expression Session will feature: Brennan Rose, Dave Boehne, Colin McPhillips, Chuck Patterson, Kody Kerbox, Candice Appleby, and a few other surprises.
Confirmed Junior Pro SUP Surfing Invitees Include:
Guys:Riggs Napoleon (Oahu), Tucker Ingalls (California), Ridge Lenny (Maui),Noah Yap (Maui), Giorgio Gomez (Florida), Fisher Grant (Florida), Kai McPhillips(California), Jack Warner (California), and a few more to be confirmed.
Girls:Kristi Page (Australia), Vanina Walsh (Oahu), Izzi Gomez (Florida), ShelbySchweitzer (Maui), Lara Clayton (Maui), Fiona Wylde (Oregon), Alleanna Clark(California)
“We are really stoked to have Kristi Page coming out all the way from Australia,” explains Performance Paddling’s Anthony Vela. “As well as all the kids comingfrom Hawaii and Florida”, he continues, “There are some really excited locals as well.” ·Tucker Ingalls, Naish Team Rider, considers himself lucky. ·He said, “I’m lucky, I live in Santa Barbara, so I consider So-Cal and this event, to be in my backyard”,says Tucker.
Live HD Webcast:
The Performance Paddling Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta presented by Ocean Minded will feature a live HD Webcast brought to you by Supconnect. With multiple-camera angles, instant replays, slow motion replays, and Live interviews; the crew from Supconnect have taken SUP Webcasts to the next level. With supconnect on board, the world will also get to see just how these kids are taking their SUP skills to the next level. ·When asked about having his heats streamed Live in HD, Tucker Ingallsresponded, “Having the event online is a great opportunity to share with other family members and friends what I am doing and how much fun I am having.”·That’s what this event is all about; kid’s having fun competing, watching and enjoying a fun day of Stand Up Paddling. ·
Check out the Junior Pro SUP Fiesta Event Page and learn more about this exciting day. Beyond the competition in the water, there are a few special features including; the “OceanMinded” Essay contest, Report card improvement contest, Overall Performance awards, raffles, beach clean-ups and a sportsmanship award.
All proceeds of this event go to Standup for the Cure who will donate the funds to the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G Komen for the Cure of Breast Cancer.
Don’t forget to bring your sombreros, because this Sup Fiesta is the Cinco de Mayo celebration not to be missed.
There will be no beach entries
Thank you to all the sponsors: