2014 Surftech Shootout At Steamer’s Lane
With the surf and weather forecast looking favorable for the Surftech Shootout and Duel SUP/Prone Race presented by SUP Magazine, registered competitors are gearing up for one of the most anticipated events of the year.
Due to its unique venue and the high caliber athletes that annually compete in the Surftech Shootout, SUP Magazine has generously offered a $2,000 cash prize purse to the top three male and female over-all athletes in the Shootout surf event AND the Duel SUP/Prone Race combined.
“The Surftech Shootout is such an awesome event in a great town that really epitomizes the watermen culture,” says SUP magazine’s Joe Carberry. “And to win the combined event at the Shootout–at such a killer venue– is a legitimate accomplishment. Paddlers need to be able to race and surf at a high level. It really highlights well-rounded paddling and we’re honored to be involved.”
With the growing popularity of the Surftech Shootout, the Surf Event sold out quickly when online registration opened. The list of registered competitors reads like a “who’s who” of SUP surfing including; Matt Becker (Santa Barbara, Calif.), Slater Trout (Maui, Hawaii), Dave Boehne (Dana Point, Calif.) and Anthony Vela (San Clemente, Calif.) among others.
On the women’s side the competition will be equally fierce with many highly accomplished ladies rounding out the women’s division including; Morgan Hoesterey (Honolulu, Hawaii), Fiona Wylde (Hood River, Ore.), Terri Plunkett (San Clemente, Calif.), Leane Darling (Haleiwa, Hawaii) and Diane Wenzel (San Clemente, Calif.). Reining Shootout and Duel SUP/Prone Race champ Candice Appleby will not be defending her title this year, as she will be in Brazil competing in the Standup World Tour’s Alagoas Pro Grand Slam. With Candice in Brazil, we will be crowning a new Women’s Shootout and Duel SUP/Prone champ this year!
DUEL SUP/PRONE RACE ONLINE REGISTRATION STILL OPEN!
While the Shootout surf event is no longer taking registrations, the Duel SUP/Prone Race is still open for online registration, which closes today, March 27.
This premier international SUP surf event has included many U.S. and International Professional Athletes including two-time Shootout Champion, Chuck Patterson, 2011 Shootout champ, Zane Schweitzer, female sensation Candice Appleby, 2012 Shootout champion Matt Becker, and 2013 Shootout champ Dave Boehne, along with many other international SUP stand-outs and local contenders. We expect the Elite Field will be the deepest and most competitive to-date, drawing SUP surfers from around the globe.
DUEL SUP/PRONE RACE – NEW RACE DIVISIONS ADDED
This is a great race to kick off your 2014 race season. The Duel SUP/Prone Race will feature a 2.7-mile (single lap) short course and a 6.2-mile (two lap) long course race. Once again, event organizers have added a prone paddle division in both the long and short course. The Men’s and Women’s “Elite” divisions are the 12’6″ classes in the long course. There is also a short beach run at the end of the short course and between laps of the long course.
NEW KIDS DIVISIONS
With the ever-growing popularity of SUP racing, event organizers are including four new race divisions for competitors under 18 years old!
Rough Riders Long Course – 12 & Under boys and girls
Bronco Buster Long Course – 13-17 boys and girls
Gauchos Short Course – 12 & under boys and girls
Wranglers Short Course – 13-17 boys and girls
COWELL’S SUP CLASSIC
Introduced in 2013, the Cowell’s SUP Classic is a SUP surfing contest held at Cowell’s Beach just down the point from Steamer Lane. The Cowell’s SUP Classic is the perfect opportunity for entry level to intermediate level SUP surfers to try their hand at competition. Cowell’s offers long lined up right handers (and some lefts) that break gently and peel for up to a half mile along the cliffs below West Cliff Drive.
Opening Ceremonies, Adventure Sports Unlimited, BBQ, beer, live music
7:00am – 5:00pm: Shootout Round 1
TBD: Competitors Party
7:00am – 8:00am: Duel SUP/Prone Race check-in
9:00am: Duel SUP/Prone race start,
7:00am – 9:00am: Cowells SUP Classic check-in, Steamer Lane
10:00am – 4:00pm: Cowells SUP Classic Round 1,
6:00-10:00pm: Race Day After Party & Awards!!, – location TBD
8:00am – 3:00pm: Shootout Final Rounds,
10:00am – 3:00pm: Cowells SUP Classic Final Rounds
4:00pm: Shootout Awards Ceremony