The world’s top young standup paddle athletes are coming to Huntington Beach, California for the sport’s most prestigious youth event. With seven divisions of age group surf racing, seven divisions of age group sup surfing, and the Junior Pro Invitation sup surfing contest, it is going to be an action packed day of competition.
In the world’s only “Junior Pro” contest, 8 male and 8 female athletes will be vying for not only for a $5000 equal gender prize purse, but also “El Sombrero Grande”, the coveted award for the 1st place male and 1st place female winners. Past winners of “El Sombrero” include: 2013 champions Noah Yap (Maui) and Vanina Walsh (Oahu), 2014 champions Mo Freitas (Oahu) and Fiona Wylde (Oregon). Some of the events alumni include rising stars such as: Yuri Daberkow (Brazil), Natalia Smith (Kauai), Fisher Grant (Florida), Giorgio Gomez (Florida), Ridge Lenny (Maui), Bernd Roediger (Maui), Kristi Paige (Australia), Riggs Napoleon (Oahu).
“I had a fantastic time competing in the SupFiesta,” says Natalia Smith who flew from Kauai for last year’s event. “It is an awesome event that showcases a wide variety of youth talent.”
Watching the skill of these amazing sup athletes is simply incredible. Not only are the “Youth Inspiring Youth,” but they are also inspiring most of the adults in the crowd. Adult Sup Pro Jeramie Vaine explains, “This event showed us what the sport of SUP is all about. The groms were rockstars and are an inspiration to all of us!” If you live anywhere near Orange County come and watch the future of our sport.
If you can’t make it in person check out Performance Paddling’s social media pages and follow the action. The event hashtag is #SupFiesta15. There will be live updates posted regularly on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Be sure to follow and engage in the action.
The event has some fantastic support from some of the industries leading board manufactures like Infinity, Bark, Naish, SIC, and Focus SUP. Also a few out of industry sponsors are supporting this one of a kind event like Purps, Maui Jim, Daphne’s, Cobian and Mamma Chia.
The SupFiesta crew would like to give special thanks to companies who have supported the event for each of its three years of existence: Sweet Watewear, Maui Jim, Infinity, SuptheMag, Onit Pro, Quickblade, Victory Koredry, and Bark.
Big thanks to all of our event sponsors: Maui Jim, Sweet Waterwear, Purps, Cobian, Daphne’s California Greek, Infinity, Bark, SIC, SuptheMag, South Tahoe Standup Paddle, Onit Pro, Victory, Mamma Chia, Humu Surf Co., Focus SUP, Quickblade, Anchorfish Screenprinting, Naish, Isle Surf & Sup, Pualani Hawaii, Hurley, FCS, Clif Bar, and Vita Coco.
Check out a few shots from 2014
3rd Annual Junior Pro & Youth SupFiesta
“Youth Inspiring Youth”
Sunday, May 3 2015
In its 3rd year, the “Supfiesta” has become the most prestigious youth event of the year. The top youth SUP athletes in the world will compete in Huntington Beach, California on Sunday, May 3, 2015. The 3rd annual event offers seven divisions of age group SUP Surfing and Racing as well as a Junior Pro Invitational SUP Surfing contest with $5,000 in equal gender prize money. Last year’s event attracted over 80 participants from 7 different states, including Hawaii, Florida, Arizona, Utah, North Carolina, Oregon, Florida and 3 competitors from Brazil.
The Junior Pro SUP Surfing Invitational brings together 16 of the top juniors from all over the world (8 Male and 8 Female). Check out the stacked list of Junior Pro Invites:
Lara Claydon, 15, Maui
Mason Schremmer, 14, Oahu
Sasha Ka’uhane, 12, Oahu
Lola Schremmer, 13, Oahu
Christine Shoemaker, 15, California
Kali’a Alexiou, 14, California
Anna Blackburn, 15, North Carolina
Alleanna Clark, 16, California
Mo Freitas, 17, Oahu
Felippe Gaspar, 15, Brazil
Kainoa Teixeira, 16 Brazil
Keola Auwae, 14, Oahu
Chris Rockwood, 17, Florida
Noa Hopper, 16, California
Kai McPhillips, 12, California
Jeffrey Spencer, 14, Maui
Chris Rockwood was stoked to receive his invite, “I can not wait to travel from the east coast of Florida to compete in the 2015 SupFiesta. I am honored to be one of the 16 Junior Pro Invitees!”
But, it’s not just about the sup surfing. The quick, through the surf, sprint races offer plenty of excitement. Some of the top sup racers will be on hand such as, Shae Foudy, Erika Benitez, Tyler Bashor, Lexi Alston, Josiah Brackett, and Brazilian Guilherme Cunha, just to name a few.
Board length restrictions will be used to promote safety and proper skill development within the youth of our sport. The SupFiesta will once again be implementing the standards outlined below:
As always, some of the sports top pros will be on hand to cheer on the groms, and to help with water safety.
“I’ve always loved to surf with the groms, and to see the future’s talent. The SupFiesta is an awesome event with some of the world’s best junior SUP surfers & racers. I’m stoked to be a part of the event again this year, keeping an eye on the Keiki making sure the younger ones are safe, and having fun. See you there!” – Zane Schweitzer
Thanks to our event Sponsors:
Onit Pro, Victory, Mamma Chia, Humu Surf Co., Focus SUP, Quickblade, Anchorfish Screenprinting, Naish, Isle Surf & Sup, Pualani Hawaii, Hurley, FCS, Clif Bar, and Vita Coco
Thanks to our photographers: Shutter Pat, Harry Weiwel, Greg Mendonca, Jerry Jarramillo, Brooke Staples