The Velzy-Stevens Paddleboard Championship race is SBBC’s open Ocean 2 mile paddleboard race for Watermen of all ages. This event is sponsored by the South Bay Boardriders Club and is part of the International Surf Festival. Named after pioneer Hermosa Beach surfboard and paddleboard builder Dale Velzy and surfer and Catalina Classic Paddleboard winner Terry Stevens the race is one of the most popular International Surf Festival events. The race traditionally starts at the end of the Manhattan Beach pier, runs south, parallel along the coast for 2 miles, finishing on the sand south of the Hermosa Beach pier.
This race is particularly popular with the Junior Guards as they test skills learned through their JG instructors throughout the summer. Awards are given for all age groups in a variety of Prone and SUP Board classes. Paddleboard racing has been one of the fastest growing ocean sports of late as the field of racers have continued to grow in recent years. While many Paddlers have their own paddleboards, as a courtesy, the L.A. County Lifeguards provide JGs with soft top boards prior to the race and Oceans Prone Paddleboards have boards to rent for the race and throughout the year (https://oceansprone.org/). Ed McKeegan and Jim Sepanek have run the Velzy-Stevens Paddleboard Championship since 2011 and invite you to be part of this traditionally fun/family event.