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• Tim Ritter chairman of the Hennessey’s Races talks about the history of these races and the upcoming season for their SUP Races.  Visit for more information.
• Elite Racer from Puerto Rico Heather Baus talks about growing up in Missouri and how she found her way to the water to be one of the world’s best SUP Racers.  Check her out on

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…but Team Surftech wasn’t there to enjoy the sights. Well, maybe a lit­tle bit, but mainly to push a bunch of water in the 2011 Car­olina Cup!

The mood was light and the level of com­pe­ti­tion high as we saw elite SUPers con­verge upon Wrightsville Beach, North Car­olina on the 3oth of April. In one of the largest Surftech show­ings so far this sea­son, team rid­ers flew, drove and pad­dled from all over to in effort to usher in the sum­mer SUP sea­son as one Ohana.

From Canada, we saw Larry Cain arrive in top shape and ready to charge. Hon­olulu native Can­dice Appleby, fresh from stops in Cal­i­for­nia and Texas, dropped in to NC. From Puerto Rico, Heather Baus and her up-and-coming SUPer grom Savan­nah landed with smiles and stoke. Surftech West Coast Familia deliv­ered the likes of The Man Him­self Joe Bark, Jim Ter­rell of Quick­blade, and Matt and John Becker. Utah and the Car­oli­nas brought spir­ited com­peti­tors in Betsy May-Risner, Chris Hill and Kim James.

Need­less to say, it was a party.

Surf ses­sions and a big din­ner on Fri­day fos­tered new friend­ships, and come Sat­ur­day, they went out ready to race.

Chaos on the start­ing line was present, but it was Anthony Vela, Chase Koster­litz, Jim Ter­rell and Larry Cain that pulled ahead early and pre­vailed in the end for the Elite Men. The Elite Women saw Karen Wrenn, Heather Baus, Can­dice Appleby and Mary Anne Boyer-Willis on the podium.

John Becker and Betsy May-Risner took home wins in the 50+ divi­sion, out­pac­ing much of the field in a for­mi­da­ble show­ing. Head over to for com­plete results.

14′ Men Elite 12’6 Women Elite
1st — Anthony Vela 1st — Karen Wrenn 1st (MEN 14′) — John Becker 2nd — Chase Kosterlitz 2nd — Heather Baus 1st (WOMEN 12’6) — Betsy May-Risner 3rd — Jim Terrell 3rd — Can­dice Appleby 4th — Larry Cain 4th — Mary Anne Boyer-Willis Couldn’t make it out to North Car­olina? We can take you there!

Check out this video Heather Baus cre­ated using her GoPro, doc­u­ment­ing her entire trip from take­off in Puerto Rico all the way to board-mounted race cam, and all the way to some good times at the after party…

[Show as slideshow] [View with PicLens] 12 Thanks to Mette Mos­quera for all the killer pics!

What’s Next? The Jay Race!

On June 25, Santa Cruz will again host it’s longest run­ning pad­dle race, the
Surftech Jay Mori­ar­ity Memo­r­ial Pad­dle­board Race. This will be the 10th year, and we are work­ing on get­ting all of the past win­ners back for this momen­tous occa­sion. Reign­ing cham­pion Anthony Vela will be back to defend his title…will you be the one to dethrone him?

What’s the Jay Race all about?

We gather to remem­ber Jay Mori­ar­ity and pad­dle our hearts out in his honor! All pro­ceeds will go to Santa Cruz County Junior Life­guard Pro­grams to pur­chase pad­dle­boards and to pro­vide schol­ar­ships in Jay’s name. Par­tic­i­pants get a goodie bag, t-shirt, fresh Peet’s cof­fee, Waterman’s sun­screen, Clif Bars and other snacks. And…you get a Hawai­ian plate lunch from Aloha Island Grill. Of course there is the chal­leng­ing course, family-friendly atmos­phere, and great hand made tro­phies and raf­fle fea­tur­ing Pad­dle­boards, Wet­suits and more! Head to the Face­book page, add your voice, and get all the updates!

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