The biggest week in standup paddling is officially upon us. And with only a few days until SUP racing action returns to the famed shoreline of Doheny State Beach, competitors and fans alike are making their final preparations, hopping on planes and getting psyched for a weekend that promises to deliver intense action and fun activities for the whole family.

While the on-water action is sure to be heated, it’s what’s happening after the races conclude that has the whole SUP community buzzing. For the first time in event history, the 2018 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life will feature an official After-Party. In case you haven’t heard about it or aren’t sure what this party is all about, here are six reasons to attend this blowout SUP celebration.

#PPG2018 Competitors Get Free Entry

If you are racing this weekend at #PPG2018, your ticket to the After-Party is already confirmed. That makes registration to this year’s big race the best value yet! But you better hurry, registration ends on Thursday, October 4.

Race at #PPG2018, get into the After-Party. Photo: Menendez


For those who won’t be racing at the PPGs, general admission tickets can be purchased for $25 pre-sale and $35 at the door. And considering that this party includes food, drinks, music and a chance to celebrate with the entire SUP community, we’d call that a screamin’ deal.

Live Music

Of course, this couldn’t possibly be the wildest After-Party in the sport without a live band. To get this party rocking, we’ve enlisted one of Orange County’s most popular local bands, Flock of 80s.

#supawards, anyone? Photo: Black-Schmidt

Yes, that is an 80’s cover band and we personally selected them after watching the group perform live a few months back. These guys (and girls) keep the energy pumping as they belt out all of your favorite 80’s hits. So poof up your hair and dig deep into the closet to pull out your finest 80’s attire — shoulder pads and all. Trust us, it’s gonna get wild.

Free Food and Drinks

Need we say more? The #PPG2018 After-Party is an all-inclusive affair that will provide guests with an open bar and complimentary food.

SUP Awards, where drinks flow like the water we paddle upon. Photo by Aaron Black-Schmidt

Thanks to our generous sponsors at 10 Barrel Brewing and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the SUP community will get a chance to cut loose without spending an extra dime.

Party with the Pros

How many sports can you name in which you can rub shoulders and dance the night away with its top athletes? Probably not too many. But that’s exactly what you’ll be able to do at the #PPG2018 After-Party.

After watching the world’s best paddlers duke it out in the surf at Doheny State Beach, you’ll be able to join them and celebrate a triumphant weekend of paddling. Not to mention, you won’t have to go anywhere as this party is going to be held under the stars at Doheny.

Everybody is going to have a good time. Photo by Lorenzo Menendez

SUP Awards Announcement

Not only will this party be a fun way to celebrate our great sport with like-minded individuals, the results of the 2018 SUP Awards will be announced live! Our fans have cast thousands of votes and the results are officially in, but the big winners won’t be revealed until the #PPG2018 After-Party. Be there live and feel the excitement and anticipation as the sport’s top paddlers get the results of the most prestigious award in standup paddling.

Make History

Not only is the #PPG2018 After-Party going to be a blast, but it’s also going to be historic. While traditionally we held the SUP Awards/PPG Pre-Party in the days leading up to the big weekend, an After-Party is something we’ve never done. But after paddlers requested that the PPGs have its own official After-Party, we listened.

This Sunday evening, that wish will be granted with the biggest and wildest party in sport. You won’t want to miss this.


Register now for #PPG2018

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