$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:
ProSup Shop once again hosted the first Performance Paddling SUP Racing Clinic of the year, in Marina Del Rey. With beautiful Southern California weather Candice and Anthony spent the day working with enthusiastic, dedicated SUP racers. Every participant used a race board during the clinic, which made it one of the most technical SUP Racing Clinics to date.
There were several highlights during the first Performance Paddling SUP Racing Clinic of 2013. One highlight was the paddler who travelled from Utah to participate in the clinic. She flew to LA Friday night, participated in the clinic Saturday, and flew home Saturday Night. Thanks to Jamaica Bay Inn for offering discounted rooms to our participants.
Mike Vaughn Jr., and Mike Vaughn Sr., operate ProSup Shop at Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey. Performance Paddling is honored to offer services to the dedicated stand up paddlers in the area. Coming soon to ProSup Shop will be Performance Paddling Training Camps, and a Weekend SUP Racing Clinic. Details will be available soon.
Performance Paddling Competition Team Training has started off strong for 2013. For our first SUP Surfing practice, the Performance Paddling Competition Team was treated to a special guest, Ian Cairns. Team Members Alleanna Clark, and Nick Scheel were joined by Dax McPhillips, Ryan Maloney, and Malaya Ring for a one of a kind sup surfing experience.
Surfing America’s Head Coach, the legendary Ian Cairns, was on hand to lend his competitive and coaching experience to these young sup surfers. The main focus was on competitive surfing, with Ian giving insight on heat strategy, wave selection, functional maneuvars and overall ocean knowledge.
After the on land discussion and warm-up, the group headed out for a fun practice session at Dogpatch Beach. The grand finale of the practice was a twenty minute heat between all the four older kids. Karl Ring, Ian Cairns, and Candice Appleby were the official judges with Anthony Vela as the spotter/head judge.
Results of the 1st Annual Ian Cairns SUP Surf Challenge @ Dogpatch Beach presented by Performance Paddling:
1. Dax McPhillips
2. Alleanna Clark
3. Ryan Maloney
4. Nick Scheel