“Divisions Multiply at Santa Cruz Paddlefest” via Santa Cruz Sentinel

The 30th annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest officially kicks off Friday with surfing heats for kayaks and stand up paddleboards at Cowell Beach and Steamer Lane. As far as conditions are concerned, the weekend will be perfect for spectators and surfers alike…

Conditions are so good that contestants aren’t waiting until the weekend to get in the water. Many have put in hours of practice leading up to the event and several received a few greatly appreciated tips at the two new women’s clinics affiliated with the contest…

“We’ve seen that giving women the opportunity to paddle alongside other women in a non-competitive environment helps them improve faster. There’s no ego or intimidation, so they actually charge harder…”

Read the full article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel by Haven Livingston here:

Divisions Multiply at Santa Cruz Paddlefest