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.
Started a many years ago 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.
One of the first paddleboard races of the year, the SCPF Paddleboard Race starts at Cowells beach, heads out along the Boardwalk, and to Santa Cruz harbor. After the first 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.