Incoming: 2013 Surftech SHOOTOUT & DUEL SUP Race
In the few short years since it’s inception, the Surftech SHOOTOUT at the Lane has become Northern California’s premier stand up paddle surf event. Located at the world famous Santa Cruz surf spot Steamer Lane, this weekend is sure to provide excitement for both competitors and spectators, whether present or tuning in online.
In 2012, the ocean remained the star of the show, as we saw powerful swell testing the skills of 28 elite male and female SUP surfers from up and down the West Coast and beyond. The multi-day battle saw fierce competition all the way to the final on Sunday, where surfers were greeted that morning with double overhead+ sets. Matt Becker put on a clinic as he rose to the top of the podium, claiming his first SHOOTOUT victory, neatly complementing his 2011 Surf & Sand DUEL SUP race win. This year Matt returns, challenged by other notable surfers Anthony Vela, Slater Trout, Dave Boehne, “founder of Mavericks” Jeff Clark, Chuck Glynn and more. Also, watch for the entire BARK clan on road trip from SoCal, and ready to have a good time!
We are introducing a few exciting new aspects to the 2013 SHOOTOUT. Due to the overwhelming talent and demand from the top female SUP surfers in the sport, we have added a Women’s heat to the SHOOTOUT! From Team Surftech, watch for Candice Appleby, Alison Riddle, Morgan Hoesterey, and Brit Oliphant, showing off their skills against a strong field which includes Talia Gangini, Brandi Baksic, Terri Plunkett, and Diane Wenzel. Candice Appleby has taken dominant back-2-back wins in the Surf & Sand DUEL SUP race (2011/2012) and placed high in the SHOOTOUT several times, landing in the semis in 2012.
Also new to the Surftech SHOOTOUT is a high quality live web feed provided by Andre and the folks at SUPconnect. More and more SUP events are now featuring live webcasts, but SUPconnect continues to push the envelope and raise the standard both of of what is possible and expected for high quality SUP event. Tune in this weekend and find out what all the buzz is about…
We added another event! For those wanting to test their skills and catch some waves, but aren’t quite ready for the high-performance action at the Lane, 2013 ushers in the Cowells SUP Classic. With the easier take off and long rides with just a few friends in jerseys out for the day, the Cowells SUP Classic is sure to provide some fun.
Surfline forecasts a 3-5ft NW swell coming in strong by Saturday, but what if the waves don’t show up? Have no fear, entertainment and competition will still abound! The Surf & Sand DUEL SUP race (previously known as the SURF&SAND Duel-athlon) is truly a showdown of epic proportions. Racers will complete a course by land and sea, no matter what conditions prevail. In previous years Mother Nature has done everything from releasing her full fury by storm force wind, rain and hail, and at others times played nice with bluebird skies, perfect for measuring your grit versus the opposition. With returning champions and bold new challengers on the roster, this year should be nothing short of memorable as SUP racers kick off the race season in Santa Cruz.
Check out the action from last year!