May 4, 2014- Bolsa Chica State Beach. Huntington Beach, California
The 2nd Annual Performance Paddling Junior Pro and Youth SUP Fiesta will bring together some of the top youth sup athletes in the world. Seven divisions of Age Group SUP Surfing & Racing and a Junior Pro Invitational SUP Surfing contest with $5000 equal gender prize money. We have Junior Pro invites coming from Brazil, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Florida, Oregon, North Carolina, Utah and California.
The event features a Live-HD webcast with professional hosts, Instant Replays, and athlete video bios. There will also be an expression session filled with some of the SUP’s top Pro’s!
Board length restrictions will be used to promote safety and proper stoke development within the youth of our sport. The WPA and other sanctioning bodies have adopted these age/board size classifications as an industry standard, and as the premier youth sup event, the 2nd Annual Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta will be adopting these board standards:
11’ in length or shorter for the 8 & under and 9-11 boys & girls
12’6” in length or shorter for the 12-14 boys & girls, and 15-17 boys & girls
Once again the Junior Pro Invitational will offer over $5000 equal gender prize money (1st-$1000, 2nd-$750, 3rd-$500, 4th-350). “We are proud to be one of the forward thinking events that rewards both genders equally,” says Anthony Vela, “Airlines tickets cost the same, board costs are the same, the women should be able to help offset their costs equally. This is just one of many other reasons Candice and I feel strongly about offering the only equal gender prize purse for ANY sup surfing event!”
Fiona Wylde from Hood River Oregon was the winner of last year’s 15-17 girls SUP Surf Race. She just missed out on making the final in the Junior Pro Invitational, but with her win in the recent Surftech Shootout at Steamer Lane she is ready for this years event. “Candice Appleby and Anthony Vela are fueling the fire of stoke for young stand up paddlers with the Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta,” explains Fiona.
Infinity’s Dave Boehne had this to say about the event, “It’s the premier junior sup event in the world. The perfect platform for the next generation.” Dave will be one of the hosts on the Live-HD Webcast.
We will be releasing the 2014 Junior Pro Invite List next week!
Tune in Live and comment on twitter with the hashtag #SUPFiesta14.
There are NO beach entries. Divisions will be limited to 12 competitors. Click Here to register today!
Thanks to our sponsors: Surftech, Sweet Waterwear, Daphne’s, Quickblade, Ultimate SUP Showdown, Bark, Infinity, SuptheMag, South Tahoe Stand Up Paddle, FCS, Boga, OnitPro, Victory, Surf Fur, Boardworks.
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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.