It’s no secret: Doheny State Beach—home to the Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life and the site of #PPG2017 coming up Sept. 30 through 1—is a world-class SUP venue. Its broad beach offers the ideal space for brands and fans to congregate, and its trademark surf zone spans a vast area of gently breaking waves prime for standup paddle competition. But as with any body of water, competing at Doheny calls for careful strategy and awareness, and a bit of local knowledge can mean the difference between a dropping out early and getting a good result. To help carry you safely and successfully to the finish line at #PPG2017, here are some tips from Dana Point local and #PPG2017 race director Anthony Vela on navigating the water at Doheny State Beach.

See also:

Introduction to Surf Racing

Ten Fast Facts About Doheny State Beach