Covewater Surf City SUP Race

2015 Santa Cruz Paddlefest

March 13-15

Steamer Lane

website info at the lane

The main event at the Lane has paddle surfers flocking to Santa Cruz from all over the globe to take advantage of one of Santa Cruz's most fabled breaks. The Lane breaks along West Cliff Drive and can hold waves of double overhead+. The Santa Cruz Paddlefest has Steamer Lane as host to an elite surfing competition of Surf Kayaks, Stand Up Paddle Boards, and Waveskis. Each class competes separately doing dynamic maneuvers to earn points. Competitors will surf through several 4 man heats eventually leading up to the Finals Sunday afternoon.

Cowells Classic

surf statue

Started a few years back as part of the SCPF the Cowells Classic is a friendly surfing competition. Located at the tail end of The Lane paddle surfers are able to score long waves without the intense competition scene. We promote this category within our event as an intermediate class of paddlers.

Covewater Surf City PaddleBoard Race

sup race boardwalk

One of the first paddleboard races of the year, the Covewater Surf City SUP Race starts at Cowells beach, heads out along the Boardwalk, and to Santa Cruz harbor.  After the lap there is a short run followed by the finish line, for the short course. In the long course, racers will pound out a second longer lap out to the Lane, to the harbor, and back to Cowells.

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March 13-15th: Surfing Events at the Lane
7am-4pm all three days

March 14th: Covewater Surf City SUP Race
early am Saturday morning -more details coming soon!

March 14-15: Cowells Classic Surf Event
low tide Saturday and Sunday -more details coming soon!

Event Entries Click on an event to see who entered.

Jessica Neafsey2SUP 12'6"OpenGirl
Hunter Gallacher7Prone (All)OpenGuy
Dave Boyd10SUP 12'6"OpenGuy
Jacqueline Besse14SUP 12'6"OpenGirl
Bunny Frost15SUP 14'OpenGuy
Tim Haywood21SUP 12'6"OpenGuy
Chris Brackett24SUP 14'OpenGuy
Charlie Banfield25Prone (All)OpenGuy
Joshua Brackett27SUP 12'6"OpenGuy
Adrianna Baca28SUP 14'OpenGirl
Gloria Riola32SUP SurfboardOpenGirl
Joy Brahmst34SUP SurfboardOpenGirl
Lynn Christensen35SUP SurfboardOpenGirl
Matt Muirhead36Prone (All)OpenGuy
Sabine Dukes39SUP 14'OpenGirl
Jeff Giannone42SUP 12'6"OpenGuy
Janine Baltar43SUP SurfboardOpenGirl
Shanna Upton48SUP 12'6"OpenGirl
Bruce Walters1SUP 12'6"OpenGuy
Kristin Thomas3SUP 12'6"OpenGirl
Tucker Ingalls4SUP 14'OpenGuy
Kevin Campbell5Prone (All)OpenGuy
Alex Groswird6SUP 14'OpenGuy
Michael Tavares8SUP 14'OpenGuy
Jamie Willin9SUP 14'OpenGuy
Tai Boutell11SUP 14'OpenGuy
Michael Irete12SUP 14'OpenGuy
Seth Besse13SUP 14'OpenGuy
Marlayna Mcneil16SUP 14'OpenGirl
Doug Penny17SUP 14'OpenGuy
Lincoln West18SUP 14'OpenGuy
Greg Heath19SUP 14'OpenGuy
Bojan Bernard20SUP 14'OpenGuy
Gary Leong22SUP 12'6"OpenGuy
Kyle Wade23SUP 14'OpenGuy
Josiah Brackett26SUP 12'6"OpenGuy
Shae Foudy29SUP 12'6"OpenGirl
Dan Ackerstein30Prone (All)OpenGuy
Pete Gauvin31SUP 14'OpenGuy
James Robison33SUP 14'OpenGuy
Guy Dickson37SUP 14'OpenGuy
Brett Friel38Prone (All)OpenGuy
Craig Stiff40SUP 12'6"OpenGuy
David Waynar41SUP 12'6"OpenGuy
Keith Mcconnaughay44SUP 14'OpenGuy
Robi Rousset45SUP 14'OpenGuy
Grant Mcfadyen46SUP 14'OpenGuy
Sarah Dondelinger47SUP 12'6"OpenGirl
Natalie Fon49SUP 12'6"OpenGirl

Results Select an event to view results.

Note: All live times are unadjusted and unofficial.

Paddleboard Race Rules and Safety

1. Race Rules

a) A competitor must be standing while paddling once a race has started (prone paddlers excluded) until crossing over the finish line. A competitor is allowed to sit, lay or kneel to rest without making forward progress. If a competitor takes more than five strokes while sitting, laying or kneeling once a race has started the competitor may be disqualified (DNF). The exception with this would be for safety reasons where a competitor needs to avoid or may be put into a potentially dangerous situation that would put them or others at risk of injury and or property damage.

b) A competitor shall only use the paddle, waves and wind to propel the board forward during a race. No outside assistance drafting a vessel not in the race, form of a sail, clothing designed to catch wind, or any other speed device not considered the norm to SUP or paddleboard racing is allowed. Boat wakes are considered natural conditions unless a competitor is deemed as getting an unfair advantage over other competitors as with drafting (see drafting rule).

c) The safety of all participants and competitions is the number one priority of the event committee and Seven Seas Industries. Participants shall attend all competitor meetings and race postings to keep themselves informed with the typical conditions for the race and also the day of conditions to be expected. Race Directors will warn competitors of any dangers that could occur and where all safety personal will be located on the course during the pre-race competitors meeting. Competitors shall be mindful of the hand signals to be used if someone is injured, danger (paddle in the air, waiving or erect) or in need of help but not injured (hand in the air). All competitors should be mindful with any persons that may be in danger during the course of the race and should assist or help get safety staff attention. The United States Coast Guard recommends wearing lifejackets while operating personal watercraft (PWC) such as a Stand Up Paddle board.

d) A racer may only draft off another competitor in the same board class, gender and number of competitors per board. In other words, if you are racing on a SUP 12’6” board and a female competitor you may only draft off another female competitor on a SUP 12’6” board. A racer may NOT draft off any other board class, vessel or opposite gender. A competitor is allowed time to pass another competitor without a rules infraction however a competitor must make a effort to pass or move out away from the draft of the other craft to not incur a penalty or disqualification. The maximum time allowed without making progress to pass another craft is one minute. Penalty will be one minute added for each infraction or disqualification for a rules breech of drafting as determined by the race committee. 

e) Drafting distance: a competitor is declared drafting when they are inside 3 meters (10 feet) behind another racer and 2 meters (6.5 feet) on the side of another competitor without making an effort to pass. A competitor does have 500 meter (546 yards) from the start of the race to let competitors to get sorted out. After 500 meters it is up to the racers and the race committee to police drafting. Please see rule 9a to help eliminate drafting out of class.

2. Violations

a) It is the competitor’s responsibility to act in a sportsman like fashion, avoid a collision at all times and obey the listed rules on the event web site and announced by the race director. If there is contact or unsportsmanlike conduct during the time of a race that effects the outcome for any racer and they feel they have been penalized or interfered with that has caused the racer to lose position and or time, the competitor that was deemed penalized must file a written protest within 15 minutes of the last person to finish the race in question. In doing so the competitor must inform the other party(s) that they may have fouled them during the course of the race and also bring in any witness’s to attest to their claim and or protest to the race committee. All protest decisions are final upon the committee’s review and the protest committee may rule in favor or overrule the protest. 

b) Violations of the rules and or unsportsmanlike conduct by a competitor that is listed on the event web site or that is posted by the race director but not limited to: purposely obstructing or interfering with another competitor, causing damage or bodily harm to another competitor, use of profane language toward any persons or competitor while at a race, not rounding a mark, competing on the proper course, over the start line early, avoiding a collision and adhering to the drafting rules. A witness(s) are mandatory to back one’s violation claim for all parties affected.


Mar 13 to Mar 15, 2015


Santa Cruz, CA