Surf, Sand & Sun: 2013 Surftech Shootout Delivers the Goods

 
Surftech Shoototut at the Lane 2013

Surf, Sand & Sun: 2013 Surftech Shootout Delivers the Goods

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Surftech Shootout 2013 SUP surf montageOne word could be used to describe the 2013 Surftech Shootout and Surf&Sand DUEL SUP race presented by SUPtheMag: epic.

All elements that make for an exciting and unique weekend of competition were present. Pumping swell, bluebird skies, fierce competition from top level athletes and several days of fraternal fun all add up to a good time. And thanks to SUPconnect, the entire competition was broadcast to over 23,000 viewers online across the globe!

The Shootout saw three days of solid waves that tested athletes skill and endurance under clear skies and balmy low-seventies weather. The largest field in Shootout history showcased 32 male SUP surfers, and, new for 2013, a division of eight female surfers who proved that they had what it took to compete in the well over-head conditions. Event announcer Ken “Hobie” Hoeve announced,

“This ain’t golf, there are no ladies tees. These girls have to deal with the same challenging waves as the men.”

The ladies did more than deal with the waves at Steamer Lane, they ripped them apart! The field of eight female competitors included Candice Appleby (San Clemente, CA), Morgan Hoesterey (Honolulu, HI), Brit Oliphant (Bend, OR), Diane Wenzel (San Clemente, CA), Kimberly Gomez (Santa Cruz, CA), Terri Plunkett (San Clemente, CA), Alison Riddle (Hermosa Beach, CA) and Marlies Tallman (Pacifica, CA). With Appleby being the only female competitor with competition experience at “The Lane” (she competed with the men the past two years), it was clear that she had a distinct advantage over her fellow competitors in the ever changing conditions. Candice stayed busy in each of her heats throughout the weekend, consistently picking off high-scoring set waves off the Point and opening up her vast bag of tricks on every wave. Appleby’s wave selection and critical maneuvers earned her the win in the inaugural Shootout Women’s Division!

Women’s Division runner-up Diane Wenzel said that Candice “sets the bar for SUP surfing and is such an accomplished water woman.” She went on to say her “fluid and powerful style is impressive and I’m always trying to incorporate her techniques to improve my own surfing.  Steamer Lane was a fabulous venue to showcase women’s SUP surfing and it was an honor to surf with Candice in the first ever women’s division of the Surftech Shootout.”

CA-victory-2013

Candice was elated upon receiving her award, commenting that“It feels really good to win here in Santa Cruz in front of my Surftech family and the community. Steamer Lane is an incredibly fun wave and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to surf there with only three other women in the line-up… Huge thanks to Surftech for taking our sport to the next level by creating a Women’s Division and for pairing me up with my awesome shapers Joe Bark and Ward Coffey, who help make my race and SUP surf wins happen.”

Dave Boehne (Dana Point, CA) made the trek up to Santa Cruz from Dana Point last year and had to settle for a 13th place result in the Shootout. This year Boehne was focused on improving upon that result. With his repertoire of backhand snaps, round-house cutbacks, tube rides and vertical re-entries Boehne would dramatically improve upon his 2012 finish!

With the surf in the 4′-6′ range and sets consistently rolling through the Point at Steamer Lane, Boehne and fellow Dana Point local, Tommy Lloy, Brandon Rambo (San Clemente, CA) and Chuck Glynn (Carlsbad, CA) put on an impressive show of surfing in front of hundreds of enthusiastic spectators lining the cliffs overlooking “The Lane” along with the more than 23,000 viewers watching the live web cast. When the final horn sounded signalling the end of the 2013 Surftech Shootout, it was Dave Boehne taking home the coveted Shootout men’s crown followed by Tommy Lloy in second, Brandon Rambo in third and Chuck Glynn finishing in fourth.

After the final Boehne had this to say about the conditions: “Super stoked to win the Shootout, definitely one of my competition highlights as a professional. Thanks for the continued support from my friends and family and thank you Surftech for pushing the SUP Surf movement. I had so much fun and can’t wait to defend my title next year!”
As the contest drew to a close at 4pm on Sunday, Surftech’s Candice Appleby (San Clemente, CA) earned the win in the inaugural women’s division, and Dave Boehne (Dana Point, CA) took the 2013 men’s title after three days of surfing the Lane with three other guys. There were thrills and spills aplenty, such as when Terri Plunkett (San Clemente, CA) got tossed over the falls on a wave in the semi-finals, receiving a gash from her board which required over 80 stitches! Even though she returned to the Lane full of enthusiasm, Terri graciously gave up her Finals spot to a local woman and watched the remainder of the event from the sidelines. She’ll be telling that one for a while… (Special thanks to Michael Baker for quickly coming to Terri’s aid in the water.)

In addition to the women’s division, another highly anticipated change to the 2013 Shootout was the Cowells SUP Classic. This amateur SUP surf event ran just a short walk from the Lane on Saturday and Sunday at world famous Cowells Beach surf spot. 24 surfers enjoyed perfect 3′-4′ waves as they competed in heats of four, and locals Mark Pastick and young Kali’a Alexiou were crowned top male and female surfers. Congrats!

One of the most unique aspects of the Surftech Shootout and Surf & Sand Duel presented by SUP Magazine is that it combines both a race and a surf contest. The Surf & Sand Duel SUP Race takes place down the point from Steamer Lane in the beautiful Cowells Cove next to the historical Santa Cruz Wharf. With the sun shining and the surf in the cove calm, the 75 competitors were excited to get out on the water and experience one of the most beautiful race courses on the world. As Kristin Thomas (Exec Dir. Stand Up Pad­dle Indus­try Asso­ci­a­tion) so eloquently stated in an inter­view on the SUPradioShow:

“I was kind of intimidated by the Shootout, they have had some tough weather…and this was kind of billed as this character building race with big waves and cold weather…but Santa Cruz is absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful weekend. The race course was almost distractingly pretty.”

With top competitors from around the nation on the start line the stage was set for one of the most competitive Surf & Sand Duel races to date. Thousands of spectators viewed the action from the beach and online as Slater Trout (Maui, HI), Matt Becker (Santa Barbara, CA), Anthony Vela (San Clemente, CA) and Chuck Glynn led the way out and around the Santa Cruz Wharf.

The picturesque course took the racers past the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to the Santa Cruz Harbor then back to the beach for a short beach run where Glynn hit the beach with a short lead ahead of Trout. The second leg of the race sent the athletes back out on the water, out to the kelp beds off of Steamer Lane, back to the Santa Cruz Harbor and to the beach for the final beach run to the finish. After 6.2 miles of battling it out, Slater Trout (Maui, HI) sprinted the final beach lap under the Santa Cruz Wharf and past the picturesque Beach Boardwalk to a mens division win, over Chuck Glynn (Carlsbad, CA) and Surftech’s Matt Becker (Santa Barbara, CA). The women of Team Surftech had a strong showing in the race, taking the top four spots. First was Candice Appleby, followed by Brit Oliphant (Bend, OR), Morgan Hoesterey (Honolulu, HI) and rounded out by Alison Riddle (Hermosa Beach, CA). It was a race for all ages, with groms as young as 9-year old Matix Springer (Malibu, CA) competing and paddling against other up-and-comers such as Trent Carter (Lake Tahoe, CA) and Kali’a Alexiou (Santa Cruz, CA). Look out world!

Surftech Shootout 2013 DUEL SUP Race Boardwalk

With the Shootout and Surf & Sand Duel presented by SUP Magazine in the books, the only unfinished business was determining the over-all event winners. Event directors combined the athlete’s scores from the Shootout with their scores from the Surf & Sand Duel to crown the male and female “Lone Ranger” award winners and hand over the $2,000 in prize money donated by our friends at SUP Magazine.

Congrats to Candice Appleby and Chuck Glynn on winning the 2013 Lone Ranger over-all top performance award! These individuals showcased the highest level of SUP skill between surf and race disciplines. And for the first time in Surftech Shootout and Surf & Sand Duel SUP Race history, Candice Appleby became the first ever competitor, male or female, that has won both surf and race events in a single year.

We are so proud of all of our athletes, and all who competed in this unique season-opening race and surf contest in sunny Santa Cruz, CA. Many thanks to all involved, including our incredible volunteers, Andre and the folks at SUPconnect, Joe Carberry and SUPtheMag, Dennis Judson and the SCPF, and all of our great sponsors. Three cheers for another incredible year!


VIDEO ON DEMAND:Watch all the footage from both the Shootout (SURF) and Surf&Sand DUEL SUP Race

FULL PHOTO ALBUM: See the all of the incredible pictures your friends are sharing right now!


02 Apr 2013