2nd Annual Youth SupFiesta A Huge Hit
May 2014 07

May 5, 2014 — Bolsa Chica State Beach, City of Huntington Beach

More than 75 kids from Brazil, Kauai, Maui, Oahu, Molokai, Oregon, Florida, Arizona, Utah, North Carolina, and all over California came to compete in the only event dedicated entirely to the future of our sport, our youth. The 2nd Annual Performance Paddling Junior Pro and Youth Sup Fiesta, was just that. A fiesta of fun inspired by the talented youngsters of our fast growing sport. With blue skies, seventy to eighty degree weather, and 2′-4′ consistent surf, the stage was set for a memorable, and for some, life changing day.

As the images start to emerge from the event, it is hard not to be inspired, shocked, amazed, flabbergasted, and absolutely blown away by the determination and skill of all who participated. As the consistent 2′-4′+ sets rolling in over the sank bank of Bolsa Chica’s low tide, dozens of young athletes prepared to race in conditions that would challenge, of not frighten most adult paddlers. There were several athletes to whom had never raced through the surf before, so it was definitely uncharted ground for many. With athletes from all over the United States, Hawaii and three from Brazil, each age group race on was stacked! Waves continued to pour in as these brave kids lined up for the start of their races. The waves were double, triple, even quadruple overhead, and that did not stop them. As the sets rolled in and the butterflies rolling around in the tummies of these pint sized paddlers, it was pure inspiration, as the crowd of spectators watched them brave what was shoulder to head high surf, for most of them. Given the challenging conditions, many of the younger age group paddlers were given one on one attention through the surf by the Sup Fiesta Water Patrol. An esteemed group of watermen appointed by Candice and Anthony, who’s first priority was keeping the children safe. Image being about 10 years old, and in one of your first races through the surf, with the likes of Zane Schweitzer, Chuck Patterson or Matt Becker personally escorting you, just to name a few. As each child hit the sand and started their run to the finish line there was a look of pride and confidence on EVERY child’s face. And this was just the start of the day. These challenging conditions surely set the stage for a day full of inspiring performances from our sports young. The SupFiesta slogan is “Youth inspiring Youth,” but in reality it should be, “Youth inspiring Youth, inspiring everyone!”

Following the seven heats of racing was the start of the Junior Pro Invitational. Nine boys and nine girls were invited to compete in the worlds only Junior Pro SUP Surfing contest, with an equal gender prize purse of over $5000. The level of surfing that was shown in the waves at Bolsa Chica was nothing short of incredible. From the first rounds through the finals every heat saw some of the most progressive maneuvers ever performed by groms in a contest. With the double elimination format, all Junior Pros were able to surf at least twice, allowing them to gain momentum throughout the day of competition. And that’s exactly what our event winners did. Big congrats to the young champions Mo Freitas and Fiona Wylde for their consistent performances that lead to their victories. The level of surfing that was displayed, was certainly eye opening and inspiring.

Beyond the newly crowned Junior Pro Champions Mo and Fiona, there were also some incredible stand out performances in the surf including the young Kai Mc Phillips who posted a 9.33 on one of his rides, and Brazil’s Felippe Gaspar who won the 12-14 age group for surfing and also placed second in the Boys Junior Pro division. One the girls side of things, the always impressive Izzi Gomez put on and incredible performance through out the entire event, posting the highest scores for the ladies, and laying down so serious rail turns. Young Hawaiian, Sasha Ka’uahane also put on quite an inspiring performance for the ladies, with aggressive top turns and serious commitment on every wave.

In last year’s inaugural event, there were no double winners. This year there were six! Congrats to Marvin Freitas, Kai McPhillips, Sasha Ka’uhane, Felippe Gaspar, Fiona Wylde, and Mo Freitas for winning both the race and surf events. What an accomplishment!

Special thanks to Kristin Thomas, Lynelle Ring, and Karl Ring for all of the help and being the first to arrive, and last to leave. You all went above and beyond.

Thanks to all of the water patrol for keeping the children safe: Zane Schweitzer, Chuck Patterson, Jack Bark, Matt Becker, Daniel Hughes, Karl Ring, Brennan Rose, Brendan Light, Caleb Havens, Travis Braunwalder, Les Hopper, Jeramie Vaine, Thomas Maximus, Brian Haag, and Rob Rojas.

Thanks to La Familia for volunteering your time to help run the SupFiesta: Mama C, Brandi Baksic, Morgan Hoesterey, Mike Mauri, Ron House, Mike Downey, Jericho Poppler, Brent Pascoe, Andre Niemeyer, Chris Brackett, Barry Blackburn and Pat Higginson.

Sponsors: Surftech, Daphne’s California Greek, Supconnect, Sweet Waterwear, Maui Jim, Quickblade, Ultimate SUP Showdown, Bark, Infinity, Boga, SuptheMag, South Tahoe Standup Paddle, On it Pro, Victory Kore Dry, Surffur, Boardworks, Positive Existence, GoodOnYa Bar, Kicker Audio, FCS, and Humu Surf Co.

Product donations: Hurley, Vita Coco, Stance, Ocean Minded, Clif Bar.

2nd Annual Jr Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta SUP Surf Results

8 & Under Mixed

1. Chargin Marvin Freitas
2. Malaya Ring
3. Scarlett Schremmer
4. Isabella Carreno
5. Jacob Brackett

9-11 Boys

1. Kai McPhillips
2. Chance Hendricks
3. Dax McPhillips
4. Alex Mawae
5. Guilherme Cunha
6. Dane Hillis

9-11 Girls

1. Sasha Ka’uhane
2. Leilani Lapointe
3. Alexandria Higginson
4. Delaney Kuepper
5. Jessica Brackett
5. Zoe Carter
5. Belah Ellis

12-14 Boys

1. Felipe Gaspar
2. Blue Engelking
3. Trent Carter
4. Haakon Hoyer-Nielsen
5. Josiah Brackett
6. Joshua Brackett

12-14 Girls

1. Mason Schremmer
2. Lola Schremmer
3. Christine Shoemaker
4. Anna Blackburn
5. Kali’a Alexiou
6. Josie Mawae

15-17 Boys

1. Sam Bark
2. Ryan Maloney
3. Myles Blazer
4. Trevor Bashor
5. Peter Shoemaker
6. Nick Scheel

Junior Pro Girls

1. Fiona Wylde $1000
2. Izzi Gomez $750
3. Vanina Walsh $500
4. Natalia Smith $350

Junior Pro Boys

1. Mo Freitas $1000
2. Felippe Gaspar $750
3. Ridge Lenny $500
4. Bernd Roediger $350

2nd Annual Jr Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta Race Results (Top 3 Awarded)

8 & Under Mixed

1. Chargin Marvin Freitas
2. Malay Ring
3. Jacob Brackett
4. Walker Graham
5. Trevor Mencinsky
6. Kaile Nemeth

Boys 9-11

1. Kai McPhillips
2. Alex Mawae
3. Dax McPhillips
4. Rhys Staples
5. Dane Hillis
6. Guilhuerme Cunha
7. Conrad Rojas
8. Matix Springer
9. Phoeniz Sanchez
10. Chance Hendricks
11. Michael Cuda
12. Gavin Mencinsky
13. Jonas Graham

Girls 9-11

1. Sasha Ka’uhane
2. Alexandria Higginson
3. Jade Howson
4. Jessica Brackett
5. Zoe Carter
6. Elika Nemeth
7. Delila Quinn
8. Belah Ellis
9. Lyla Clark

Boys 12-14

1. Felipe Gaspar
2. Josiah Brackett
3. Haakon Hoyer-Nielson
4. Blue Engelking
5. Trent Carter
6. Joshua Brackett
7. Jonathan Lapointe
8. Ryan Funk
9. Tyler Bashor

Girls 12-14

1. Izzi Gomez
2. Christine Shoemaker
3. Jane Staples
4. Lara Claydon
5. Erika Benitez
6. Lexi Alston
7. Kali’a Alexiou
8. Anna Blackburn
9. Josie Mawae
10. Elan Lindsey
11. Sofia Sanchez

Boys 15-17

1. Mo Freitas
2. Noa Hopper
3. Max Fleming
4. Bernd Roediger
5. Myles Blazer
6. Nick Scheel
7. Ryan Maloney
8. Peter Shoemaker
9. Trevor Bashor

Girls 15-17

1. Fiona Wylde
2. Natalia Smith
3. Emily Bark
4. Alleanna Clark

Special Awards:

Ocean Minded, Sportsmanship (girls): Alleanna Clark
Ocean Minded, Sportsmanship (boys): Yuri Daberkow

Indo Board, Report Card Improvement: Max Fleming
FCS, Academic Excellence: Haakon Hoyer-Nielson

Kicker Audio, Best Maneuver: Mo Freitas

Click here to see photo gallery

#SupFiesta14 Jr Pro Invite List Revealed
Apr 2014 25

 

SAN CLEMENTE, California – On May 25th, 2014 Performance Paddling is proud to introduce the 2014 Junior Pro line-up, for the world’s premier ALL YOUTH standup paddle event.

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Bernd Roediger takes flight during his last visit to Huntington Beach

This unique event features not only talented young “veterans”, but also many enthusiastic sup groms, who for some, will be competing in their very first surfing competition. Many of the young competitors already have names that are easily recognized while others will be new to the sup scene, but this is a chance for unknowns to become well knowns!

Below is a list of the current Junior Pro Invites:

Boys                                                            Girls

Yuri Daberkow, 17, Brazil                    Alleanna Clark, 15, California

Max Fleming, 15, California                Lara Claydon, 14, Maui

Mo Freitas, 16, Oahu                           Izzi Gomez, 14, Florida

Felipe Gaspar, 14, Brazil                       Sasha Ka’uhane, 11, Oahu

Noa Hopper, 15, California                  Mason Schremmer, 13, Oahu

Ridge Lenny, 17, Maui                          Natalia Smith, 17 Kauai

Kai McPhillips, 11, California                Vanina Walsh, 17, Oahu

Riggs Napoleon, 16, Oahu                    Fiona Wylde, 17, Oregon 

Bernd Roediger, 17, Maui                       Kali’a Alexiou, 13, California 

 

Returning champion Vanina air dropping to victory

Returning champion Vanina air dropping to victory

Although the $5000 prize purse is only for the Junior Pro SUP Surfing contest, many of the invites will be competing in their Age Group in sup racing as well. There is going to be plenty of action all day!  SUPFIESTA-Party-fundraiser-daphnes

Come meet the Junior Pros, and get their autograph, at our event Pre-Party which will be held Friday Night at Daphne’s California Greek restaurant in San Clemente. After the autograph signing, there will be a special concert by our very own Junior Pro Invite & Performance Paddling Competition Team member Izzi Gomez. 20% of food sales will also be donated by Daphne’s, to the Performance Paddling Competition Team. Come hungry and enjoy a fun night supporting the Sup Stars of the future.

Friday May 2

 

Pre-Party at Daphne’s California Greek, San Clemente

6:30-7:15 Junior Pro Autograph Signing

Photo: IzziGomez.com

Photo: IzziGomez.com

7:30-8:15 Izzi Gomez Concert

Fundraiser Hours 4pm-Close

Daphne’s California Greek

Saturday May 3

Stand Up for the Cure

Junior Pro Invites will be helping Zane Schweitzer with his clinics

Sunday May 4, 2014

2nd Annual Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta

Registration: 6:45-7:30

Athlete Briefing: 7:30

Blessing & National Anthem: 7:40

Race Heats Begin: 8:00

Surf Heats Begin: 9:30

Awards: 6:30 

 

• “Socially” interact with the SUP Fiesta using with the hashtag #supfiesta14

• Spread the word to family and friends to watch the event live at performancepaddling.com

There are NO beach entries. Divisions will be limited to 12 competitors. Click Here to register today!

The Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta would like to our sponsors:

Surftech   Daphne’s  Supconnect

Sweet Waterwear  Quickblade  Maui Jim  Ultimate SUP Showdown 

Bark   Infinity   SuptheMag  South Tahoe Stand Up Paddle  Boga

FCS   OnitPro   Victory   Surf Fur   Boardworks  GoodOnYa Bar  Kicker Audio  Humu Surf Co Positive Existence Printing

Follow Performance Paddling on Instagram @performancepaddling and Twitter @PerformPaddling

AS of Friday April 25 the following divisions of Age Group SUP Surfing are close to capacity:

9-11 Boys – 3 spots remaining

9-11 Girls – 5 spots remaining

12-14 Boys – 5 spots remaining

12-14 Girls – 5 spots remaining

2nd Annual Jr Pro and Youth SUP Fiesta
Apr 2014 17

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.

Follow Performance Paddling on Instagram @performancepaddling and Twitter @PerformPaddling

2-Day SUP Racing Clinic
Jan 2014 07

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.

  • Price: $450 per person
  • Only 16 spots available
  • Previous paddling experience required paddlers
  • Must have race board & paddle
  • Ages 16 & up
  • Participants receive goodie bag, t-shirt, and are entered into a raffle to win:  FCS Racing Fin, FCS Racing Leash, FCS hat, and Quickblade gear.

Questions: email anthony@performancepaddling.com

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.

Eventbrite - Performance Paddling 2-Day SUP Racing Clinic

1st Annual Youth SUP Fiesta A Huge Hit
Jun 2013 07

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!

Performance Paddling SUP Fiesta 2013 from Quickblade Paddles on Vimeo.

For complete results and amazing images check out Performance Paddling’s Website and Facebook Page

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:

Ocean Minded

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

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