April 5, rx 2013
by Hannah Greenstreet
Standup Paddling is not only an adult sport. Thanks to Ocean Minded’s top athletes, Candice Appleby and Anthony Vela, youth are taking the spotlight this year at the first annual Youth SUP Fiesta on May 5. Moms and Dads will have to be cheerleaders from the shoreline because this event is strictly reserved to celebrate young paddlers and all their talent on the water. In this week’s podcast with Dreu Murin, Anthony Vela explains the myriad of benefits his service-based company, Performance Paddling, offers to SUPers. Not only do Appleby and Vela provide personal coaching and corporate team-building events, their main focus is working with youth. Performance Paddling organizes three kid’s camps to underprivileged young people around the world each year. It is where service meets SUP.
Beyond the glam of being a top athlete, Appleby and Vela have committed to giving kids the unique chance to explore the fun of standup paddling. They also are striving to highlight the young people who have joined the top rankings in the SUP world. The SUP Fiesta event in Huntington Beach, CA includes youth-only, ages 17 and under, SUP races and the first ever Junior-Pro (invite-only) race. It is the moment where youth get to shine and unveil the potential in the future generation of SUP. In addition to the festivities, the Fiesta SUP event is in partnership with Standup for the Cure in support of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. And even more, there’s $5,000 in cash prizes, making this event a top-hit to all ages. Check out the event Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/performancepaddling.
With this sport growing faster than the kiddos themselves, Vela explains in the podcast how they want to provide special opportunities to recognize young paddlers. This year’s Race the Lake of the Sky event on June 29-30 in South Lake Tahoe, CA will also provide a chance for youth to make their stroke seen in the water. Register for both events today!