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 blastpaddlers.com 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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