The 4th Annual Quickblade Jr Pro & Youth SupFiesta presented by Infinity SUP announces the list of invitees for the Junior Pro division. Top sup athletes from around the world will battle through highly competitive heats until a champion is awarded the coveted, “El Sombrero.”
Annie Reickert (Maui/USA)
Skylar Lickle (Maui/USA)
Shae Foudy (CA/USA)
Lexi Alston (CA/USA)
Kali’a Alexiou (CA/USA)
Mason Schremmer (Oahu/USA)
Yuuka Horijoshi (Japan)
Sasha Ka’uhane (Oahu/USA)
Noa Hopper (CA/USA)
Max Fleming (CA/USA)
Harry Maskell (AUS)
Jeffrey Spencer (Maui/USA)
Haakon Hoyer-Neilson (CA/USA)
Ethan Mudge (CA/USA)
Nic Walker (AUS)
Felippe Gaspar (Brazil)
Dave De Armas (Puerto Rico)
Dax McPhillips (CA/USA)
Finn Spencer (Maui/USA)
Past Jr Pro Invitational Champions
2013 Noah Yap (Maui) Vanina Walsh (Oahu)
2014 Mo Freitas (Oahu) Fiona Wylde (Oregon)
2015 Mo Freitas (Ohau) Lara Claydon (Maui)
For the first time the SupFiesta will feature an overall champion for each age group (must have at least 3 competitors that compete in both disciplines per division). Non-Jr Pro competitors will earn points from their placings in the age group sup surf contest, and the grand prix. The competitors with the lowest combined placings in each of the eligible age groups will be recognized.
Just like we have done in years past, we will be giving out some special awards. We like to celebrate education and the importance of hard work in school. With that, we will give out special prizes for our Report Card Improvement Award, as well as Academic Excellence Award. Both winners will receive a FCS prize pack.
Let’s Celebrate our Mothers!!!
Since May 8th is Mother’s Day, we want to take the opportunity to celebrate our Moms! We will be having a Mother’s Day Essay contest.
We would like to give a special thanks to the following sponsors who have been part of the SupFiesta for each of the 4 years. Without companies supporting this event financially, it would not be possible. Thank you for the 4 years of support!
4 Year SupFiesta Sponsors
Daphne’s California Greek
Get ready for the 4th Annual Quickblade Jr Pro & Youth SupFiesta presented by Infinity SUP. In it’s fourth year, #SupFiesta16 has outgrown a one-day event. The new format will allow competitors to focus on one discipline each day. On Saturday we will hold the SupFiesta Grand Prix. The Grand Prix will feature two races: the Flyin Mile, and the Sup Scramble. Competitors will compete in both races with each race counting towards their final placing.
With the events starting in the afternoon, there is plenty of time for athletes, spectators, and sponsors to attend the Standup for the Cure event in the morning, then make the short drive across the bay to NAC.
The Flyin Mile will test each athlete’s sheer paddling speed and endurance over this short 1-mile course. The Sup Scramble will feature six turns which will showcase each athlete’s technical abilities and strategy. Courses will be posted the night before the race.
Newport Aquatic Center is a perfect venue for the SupFiesta Grand Prix. Home of many past & future Olympians, NAC has graciously allowed us to hold our races. The fast and furious racing will be spectator friendly so make sure to bring your cameras.
“Candice and I are very excited to have the SupFiesta Grand Prix at NAC. It is rich in tradition and will be the perfect location to host the worlds most prestigious youth only sup event,” explains Race Director Anthony Vela.
We will have a taco cart, awards, and introduce this year’s Junior Pro Invitees on Saturday as well. Competitors will receive complimentary dinner, while spectators will be able to purchase tickets for $10.
Then on Sunday the focus will switch to Sup Surfing at Bolsa Chica State Beach. The world’s top juniors will compete for over $5,000 equal gender prize purse in the Junior Pro Invitational. There are also 7 age-group divisions of sup surfing that will compete for fantastic prizes donated by our generous supporters.
There are NO BEACH ENTRIES. Registration closes Friday night May 6 at 9:00pm. Heats for Saturday and Sunday will be posted. Check in for the Sup Fiesta Grand Prix will begin at 2:30 pm, and races will start at 4pm sharp, beginning with the Flyin Mile, and followed by multiple Sup Scramble heats.
We are honored to have Infinity SUP as our presenting sponsor. Infinity is one of the brands that were in the industry before there was an industry. Originally founded in 1970 by Shaping Hall of Famer Steve Boehne and his wife Barrie Boehne, their first shop was on PCH in Huntington Beach just one mile from the competition site. They moved shop in 1981 to Dana Point and have been there ever since. Steve and Barrie were 3x world champion tandem surfers with Steve shaping the boards. Once Stand Up Paddling began he was used to making bigger boards for tandem, and it was a natural progression. Now Infinity SUP makes the most progressive sup surf and race boards in the industry. A family run business with Dave Boehne heading up marketing and design, brother Dan helping with the shortboards and on the shaping side, while Steve continues to shape everyday and Barrie holds everything together. Infinity SUP has been a sponsor of the SupFiesta from day 1. This year they have stepped up their involvement. When asked why, Dave had this to say, “the SupFiesta has quickly become THE premiere JR’s event in the world. Past JR Pro champions have gone off to be some of the best in the sport. How cool is that! We are honored to support the youth movement!”
So far, we have competitors registered from Finland, Peru, Australia, Japan, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and all over the US! You will not want to miss this one of a kind event.