A SUPfiesta Throwback Gallery

Four consecutive years of partying isn’t good for anyone, let alone children. Unless we’re talking SUPfiesta.

SUPfiesta, or officially, Quickblade Jr. Pro and Youth SUPfiesta presented by Infinity SUP, is Dana Point’s kids-only SUP surf and race competition put on by Performance Paddling. This weekend, it kicks off again for the fourth year straight and will take place over two days—with racing on Saturday and surfing on Sunday—a change-up from the event’s traditional one-day format. Started in 2013 by Anthony Vela and Candice Appleby—professional paddlers, community icons and operators of Performance Paddling surf team—SUPfiesta is all about the future of our sport, and the stewards of that future (the kids).

The competitive kids event showcases the up-and-coming SUP athletes leading the next generation in SUP, with past SUPfiesta contenders like Izzi Gomez, Fiona Wylde, Mo Freitas and Bernd Roediger moving on into careers as the world’s top paddlers. As we prepare for the 4th annual Quickblade Jr. Pro and Youth SUPfiesta presented by Infinity SUP, we can’t help but reminisce on the awesome memories of SUPfiestas passed. So, we spent an afternoon browsing Performance Paddling’s Facebook page and website, smiling and admiring our way through the many photos documenting the event’s growth. Above we share some of our favorites.

Check out our event preview for the 2016 SUPfiesta. We’ll see you this weekend!

See who’s competing at this year’s SUPfiesta.

More SUPfiesta.