…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
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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