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Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ

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On September 30 through October 2, the Pacific Paddle Games, presented by Salt Life, will return to Doheny State Beach for a race and festival spectacle that is not to be missed. $60,000 prize purse. The best racers in the world. Divisions for all paddlers. The biggest board demo of the year. Live webcast. Still have questions? We answer them, below.

Where do I sign up?
Registration coming soon.

PRO PADDLERS MUST REGISTER BEFORE 3 P.M. ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH, FOR #PPG2016. THERE WILL BE NO RACE DAY CHECK IN FOR PRO RACERS!!!

Where do I park?
Parking is available at Doheny State Beach Park, but it’s limited. Get there early for the spots close to the action. There will be overflow parking at nearby Dana Hills High School and shuttles from there.

What board should I bring?
SUP Pro Men will be on 14′ and under and Women will be racing 12’6” throughout the weekend. Open Divisions can choose between 14’ or 12’6”. Prone racers will paddle 12’ for Distance, 10’6” for Technical. Youth, 10 and Under are required to race 11’ and shorter. Please see REGISTRATION for more Class information.

How many people will be racing in the Technical heats?
There will be a maximum of 16 racers per Technical heat. This is for safety as well as cleaner racing for participants.

What if I don’t want to race?

Check out the West Marine Demo Zone to try all the new boards and gear from the best manufacturers in the business. And be sure to check out our exclusive clinics! Just bring your ID and credit card to keep on file for free demos all weekend. Or stick around and watch high-action racing all day.

What race should I do? 
This depends on your skill level. If you’ve never paddled in the surf before, the Technical races might not be for you as they feature paddling in and out through the surf zone; the Distance race (which only goes in through the surf) would be a better fit. That said, Doheny is one of the best surf race venues on the planet offering relatively gentle waves as long as it isn’t too big.

What board classes are there?
Please see REGISTRATION.

What kind of conditions should I expect?
October is generally hot and sunny in Dana Point. Calm winds in the morning usually lead to a minor sea breeze in the afternoons. The waves could range anywhere from one-foot to overhead and beyond. But, as is always the case with the weather and the waves, be prepared for anything. Races may be change based on conditions.

What about safety?
Safety is our number one priority. The State Parks are providing their veteran crew of lifeguards and support personnel to make sure all racers are safe. All final safety decisions will be based on the weekend’s conditions, determined by the CA State Parks assessment. See more under SAFETY.

 Do I have to wear a helmet?

Safety Helmets may be required, based on conditions. All final safety decisions will be based on the weekend’s conditions, determined by the CA State Parks assessment. Bring one just in case.

Do I have to wear a leash?

All Youth racers will be required to wear leashes. Leashes are strongly recommended and encouraged for all racers. Leashes may be required for some races, depending on conditions.

Why is the prize purse gender equal?

The PPG wants to set a precedent in the sport of SUP, along with the other events that are making the same commitment: women work just as hard as the men and are competing on a stage that’s just as big. We want them to be rewarded equally.

Is there a discount if I sign up for both the Distance and the Technical races?

Yes! Please see REGISTRATION for more information.

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