Taking place on a summer day in March, the popular SUP race defies its bad weather reputation 

By Geoff James

Unseasonably warm weather, calm waters with some small but ripping waves were the theme of the entire weekend at the 29th Annual Santa Cruz Paddlefest. The Santa Cruz Paddlefest is made up of three main events, the kayak and SUP surf contest at Steamer Lane, the Cowells Classic Surf Contest and the Covewater Surf City Paddleboard Race. This race report focuses on the Covewater SUP Surf City Paddleboard Race that took place on Saturday at Cowells Beach. The Surf City Paddleboard Race (previously know as the Surftech Shootout) defied its bad weather reputation with warm temps, calm waters and summer like beach conditions.  As some remember the Surftech Shootout has had some struggles with nasty weather, who remembers the Surftech Shootout SUP Race in 2011 when we had crazy …