Performance Paddling Announces 2014 Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta
The 2nd Annual Performance Paddling Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta will bring together some of the top youth SUP athletes in the world to compete in Huntington Beach, Calif. on Sunday, May 4, 2014. The second annual event offers seven divisions of age group SUP Surfing and Racing as well as a Junior Pro Invitational SUP Surfing contest with $5,000 in equal gender prize money.
This year, Junior Pro invitees will be coming to compete in Southern California from Brazil, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Florida, Oregon, North Carolina, Utah, and California.
The event will feature a Live-HD webcast with professional hosts, instant replays, and video bios of competing athletes. There will also be an expression session filled with some of SUP's top professionals!
Board length restrictions will be used to promote safety and proper stoke development within the youth of our sport. The World Paddle Association (WPA) and other sanctioning bodies have adopted specific 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 implementing the same standards outlined below:
Race Boards must be 11' in length or shorter for the 8 and under as well as 9-11 boys and girls age groups.
Race Boards must be 12'6" in length or shorter for the 12-14 boys and girls, as well as 15-17 boys and girls age groups.
Once again,the Junior Pro Invitational will offer over $5,000 in equal gender prize money with first places taking home $1,000, second place finishers winning $750, third place finishers wining $500 and fourth place paddlers taking home $350.
"We are proud to be one of the forward-thinking events that rewards both genders equally," says Performance Paddling's Anthony Vela. "Airlines tickets cost the same, board costs are the same, [so] the women should be able to help offset their costs equally. This is just one of many other reasons Candice [Appleby] and I feel strongly about offering the only equal gender prize purse for ANY SUP surfing event!"
Fiona Wylde from Hood River, Ore. 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 2014 Surftech Shootout at Steamer Lane, Wylde is ready to come back for the win at this year's event. "Candice Appleby and Anthony Vela are fueling the fire of stoke for young standup paddlers with the Junior Pro & Youth SUP Fiesta," Wylde said.
Pro paddle surfer Dave Boehne will be on-site as one of the hosts on the live-HD webcast and is enthusiastic about the event: "It's the premier junior SUP event in the world—the perfect platform for the next generation."
There are NO beach entries and divisions will be limited to 12 competitors.
Stay tuned as we release the 2014 Junior Pro Invite List next week!
Don't forget to tune in LIVE and comment on Twitter with: #SUPFiesta14.