If you live in the area, or are one of the many people who actively participates in paddle surfing sports like kayaking, wave skiing or stand up paddle boarding (SUP), you are probably familiar with the renowned surf spot found just up the road in Davenport. What you may not be aware of is that the famous break, located a mere 20 minutes north of Santa Cruz, also plays host to the annual Davenport Paddle Surf Classic, which is set to take place on November 15th & 16th. This competition offers a truly unique opportunity to experince some of the best kayakers, waveskiiers, and stand up paddle boarders (SUP) around to show off their incredible skill. The competition has been around for many years and includes numerous categories for both men’s and women’s SUP, kayak and waveski. The event even has its own feature competition, called King of the Waves.
King Of The Waves Paddle Surf Competition
Many argue it is the King of the Waves category that sets this California paddle surf competition apart from the rest. The competition is a multiple surf craft event that pits the best kayak, stand up paddle board and waveski competitors against each other, in what is referred to by the Davenport Paddle Surf Classic as a “head to head battle royale”! Despite what you may think, no craft has a distinct advantage and each year features intense competition amongst the participants. In fact, at least one representative from each surf craft category has made the finals every year. This is a fun event that bridges the gap between the different paddle surf sports and is a real treat for spectators.
Junior Kayak & Junior SUP Competition
In addition to the adult competitions, Davenport Paddle Surf Classic also has junior kayak and junior SUP events. If your child has a taste for paddle surf, they can strut their stuff against other junior surf craft competitors in a fun and safe environment. This is also a great opportunity for young competitors to meet some of the more experienced athletes and possibly learn some new skills.
Premier Paddle Surf Competition
The Davenport Paddle Surf Classic is a premier paddle surf competition, and is known around North America. This is a rare opportunity to experience elite level athletes compete, without having to travel for hours. If you are interested in attending a truly awesome event, that is fun for the whole family, you definitely want to consider checking out the 2014 Davenport Paddle Surf Classic. These competitors will leave you in awe and may inspire you to get and join in the fun, if you haven't already.
Registering and Prizes
If you would like to register for any of the categories, make sure you check out the event website, as spots are filling up fast. Entry fee includes a dinner and party Saturday night, as well as an event T-shirt. All competitors will be entered in a raffle for tons of great prizes. A special prize will be awarded to the highest ranked first time competitor in each category. Meaning, if this is your first Paddle surf contest, then you qualify for a chance at a special prize.
November 15th & 16th, 2014
Davenport Landing, CA
For more information, or to register for an event, check out www.davenportpaddlesurf.com/
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