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Paddlers ready to race at last year’s Mongoose Cup. Photo courtesy of Mongoose Cup Facebook.

7th Annual Mickey Munoz Mongoose Cup Preview

Looking for something to do this weekend? Well, if meeting a surfing legend, spending the day paddling and supporting a great cause sounds like a good time, then we have the perfect event for you.

The seventh annual Mickey Munoz Mongoose Cup will be held this Saturday, April 9, at Dana Cove Park–commonly known as Baby Beach–in Dana Point, CA. Hosted by legendary surfing pioneer Mickey “The Mongoose” Munoz, the event will bring the standup paddling community together to compete, learn new skills, and raise money for the Sport of the Kings Foundation–a non-profit organization that provides care and support for those in the surfboard manufacturing industry facing a life-threatening illness.

The kid's race is always a highlight of the Mongoose Cup. Photo courtesy of Mongoose Cup Facebook.

The kid’s race is always a highlight of the Mongoose Cup. Photo courtesy of Mongoose Cup Facebook.

"The Mongoose Cup provides a great opportunity to immerse in paddleboard sports revelry, competition, culture and community," Munoz said.  "Come out with the whole family to learn new paddling skills & techniques, checkout the latest in paddling & surfing products and enjoy the camaraderie of racing with friends and pros alike."

For more experienced paddlers, there will be several different competitions including time trials, the Sport of Kings race, kid’s SUP races, paddleboard sprints and more. Last year, competition was stout as several pros took part including Brennan Rose, Brandon Rambo, Candice Appleby and Shae Foudy.

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Paddlers charge through Dana Point Harbor during a race at the 2015 Mongoose Cup. Photo Courtesy of Mongoose Cup Facebook.

However, you don’t have to be an experienced paddler to find enjoyment at this all-encompassing event. For those just looking to–pardon the pun–just get their feet wet with paddleboarding, there will be plenty of opportunities for that as well.  Attendees will have the chance to demo boards, practice SUP yoga, see new products at the Waterman’s Expo, and even learn SUP techniques and skills from the pros.

The event has continued to grow over the years and organizers expect this year to be the biggest one yet. So whether you want to race against the best, brush-up on your skills or go for your first paddle, the Mongoose Cup will give everyone a chance to have fun and paddle.

For more information or to register for the Mongoose Cup.