Performance Paddling is excited to announce the Catalina Ocean Experience. Guided by elite paddlers Anthony Vela and Morgan Hoesterey, this 3 day, 2-night ocean adventure will take place in the pristine blue water of Catalina Island’s Two Harbors, from Friday, March 31 to Sunday, April 2. Open to both standup and prone paddlers looking to be more comfortable in, on, and around the ocean; the weekend will be spent paddling, freediving, camping, and learning about the ocean.
After arriving in Two Harbors Friday morning, participants will be treated to a brief history of the area from Two Harbors local paddler Natalie Foote, followed by a lesson in paddle adventure basics such as strategy, planning, packing and safety. Participants will then put that knowledge to use as they paddle to a remote campsite where they will spend two nights sleeping under the stars.
In addition to the fundamentals of adventure paddling, participants will be exposed to activities geared toward becoming better overall ocean athletes. Anthony Vela will use his years of experience as an elite paddler and coach to help participants become more efficient paddlers. Footwork, drills, and stroke technique will all be a part of the curriculum, and as an added bonus, Morgan Hoesterey will utilize the area’s pristine blue water to cover breath holding and freediving.
“Of all the ways you can have fun paddling,” says Morgan Hoesterey, “adventure paddling is definitely my favorite. I love being out in the ocean, under my own power, and ending up in remote locations. Each opportunity I have had to do these things has really been empowering, and that empowered feeling always stays with me, even off of the water. Over the past few years, I have been lucky to have participated in various paddling adventures; and now, I am so excited to team up with Anthony Vela to share some of the tips and lessons that we both have learned along the way.”
Together Anthony and Morgan have over 40 years of experience paddling, training, racing, freediving, adventuring, and having fun. Join the adventure!
The Arizona Yacht Club proudly presents its Leukemia Cup & Birthday Regatta, a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the beautiful Lake Pleasant in Peoria, Arizona February 17-19. This annual sailing event will introduce paddle sports (SUP, prone, surf ski, and outrigger) into the weekend. The AYC Leukemia Cup is the largest sailing event in Arizona, and the first Leukemia Cup of the year held in the United States. Now, SUP Paddlers of all levels are invited to enjoy Arizona’s warm winter weather and the beauty of this desert oasis, while SUPporting cancer research and treatment.
Saturday February 18th SUP and Spinnakers share the limelight in this all ages, all levels of experience, event. Participants can choose between the 10K course and the 3K course. If you have always wanted to try the fastest growing water sport in the world, come down to the lake and enjoy FREE SUP demos and instruction. Spectators and participants will also be able to take part in a SUP yoga class courtesy of Element Yoga.
Registration: $35 before Thursday, February 16 5:00pm. Includes bagels & coffee in the morning, commemorative t-shirt, raffle ticket, complimentary entrance to Lake Pleasant (usually $6), demos, SUP Yoga, and more. All proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. $40 after 5:00pm 2/16/17. Registration after this date does not include the $6 Lake Pleasant entry, and does not guarantee a t-shirt. RACE DAY ENTRY IS CASH ONLY.
Then on Sunday, February 18th Performance Paddling will be hosting a SUP Racing Clinic with esteemed coach Anthony Vela. Participants will be treated to a 4-hour, in-depth, clinic covering a wide variety of topics, drills, skills, and training tips. Cost is $150 per person which includes a goodie bag, snacks and world-class sup instruction from Anthony.
Thanks to our current sponsors: Arizona Yacht Club, Riverbound Sports Paddle Company, Baja Arizona SUP, Infinity SUP, Imagine Paddle Surf Co., Cactus Wake and Element Yoga.