Looks like my new OC1 is on it’s way from Hawaii.
NICK NAME: Sammers
SPORT: Standup Paddle Surfing and racing
HOME TOWN: Honolulu, HI
SURFING FOR: 15 years
SPONSORS: Liquid Militia, Blueline Paddle Surf, Paddle Surf Hawaii, Isurus Wetsuits, and Kialoa Paddles
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This past Sunday was the Wavechaser Alameda to San Leandro downwind race in the San Francisco bay (about 12 miles). I get a text from my brothers Daran and Joe asking if we were going to do the race. I was debating on doing it because I was kinda tired. The race was scheduled to start at 2:30 P.M. just in time for the winds to pick up. Daran was going to take his 13 year old daughter Naiele on his OC2 (2 man outrigger canoe) and do the race with her. After much convincing from the boys I said that I was in. There’s no way I was going to back out now.
So, I load up my OC1 on my truck and meet Joe up at Coyote Point to leave my truck there. Then we load my OC1 onto Joe’s truck and head over to Daran’s house across the San Mateo bridge in Hayward. Once we get to Daran’s house we unload the 2 OC1′s and load them onto Daran’s van. I know the logistics were crazy.
We get to the race site and we meet up with Joe’s brother. He was going to give this race a go, even though he has never did a downwind run before in his life on an OC1. Like true Hawaiians we didn’t pre-register and had to wait in line. While waiting in line. The winds started to pick up really good. Like I said, I’ve never did this run/race before. This is totally on the other side of the bay and I don’t know the way the water is on this side.
I ask one of the guys what the course was going to be. Then the harsh reality and the true laziness of my personality came out LoL!! He told me that we had to paddle upwind for about 2 miles and then turn left and paddle straight out side wind about and the mile then turn straight downwind. Joe’s brother was not into that and honestly, I wasn’t either. He was going to take the easier way and go just straight out 2 miles from the other side of the jetty (protected from the wind) then turn downwind. Being the nice guy that I am I decided that I’ll go with him and partner up. While everyone was registering and getting ready to paddle upwind 2 miles, then side wind about another mile, We were getting ready to go ROGUE and start our won little race.
When the registered competitors started, we started too. So we paddle 2 miles straight out in the middle of the bay (not fun at all) then turn downwind. As I turned downwind I was thinking to myself how different this part of the bay is and was having a hard time catching bumps. Plus I was also scared of going into the security buoys near the Oakland airport runway. The guys were telling me it’s a 500 dollar fine if you’re caught inside of those buoys.
I slowly started to get into the rythm of the ocean and began catching bumps. You go way faster and cover a lot of ground if you catch a bump compared to just paddling. Catching bumps and surfing my OC1 is what I love to do. You can surf your canoe and rest as long as you’re on that bump. Then you connect to another one and surf again. I’ve just started learning how to connect the bumps. My friends can connect 3 sometimes 5 in a row and just gap me by 100 yards.
Because of going rogue we shortened the course by about 3 miles. So I was ahead of the lead pack by a lot. Then it started happening. The waveski racers stared to pass me! They must have been flying downwind. They are know to be faster than the Outrigger canoes and these guys were flying past me. I finished that run in about an hour and 45 minutes. I pull into the harbor and Daran’s wife and kids were cheering me in saying that I was in second place for the OC1 division. I had to laugh and turn around and tell them the truth. That I went rogue and that’s why I was ahead of Daran, Naiele, and Joe LoL!! It was fun just to be on the water on a Sunday afternoon and drinking beer and meeting new people in the paddling community up here. Good vibes and good people = good times
Sam Lucas attended and competed in the 2013 SurfTech Jay Race . Sam took 7th overall and 4th in his age division in the 14ft prone division. He was only 18 seconds from getting a medal for 3rd place…. I had a great time with all my friends, Its about getting in the water and doing the best I can. I feel great a little sore today lol But it was all worth it thanks, Sam.
Thanks to my sponsors: Liquid Militia, Isurus wetsuits,Joe Bark for making me am awesome prone board Kialoa paddles for the best outrigger paddles.
The Jay Moriarty race 2012
Well I did this time. This year I was contemplating doing this race. I really haven’t trained for paddling 12 miles. But, when I heard that my friend John Goodman was out due to an injury and he wanted to give his spot up. I decided to give him a shout to go in his place. Plus all my Santa Cruz friends were doing it. I really wanted to do it though. It’s one of the biggest paddling events up here in Northern California and a really fun all day event. All the big name paddlers showed up for it. Prone paddling champ Jamie Mitchell (12 time Molokai to Oahu winner) showed up to do it on a 14 ft standup. Oh by the way, he ended up smashing the course record…
Me and my best friend Dana Schreiber stayed over our really close friends house (Andy and Nancy Gere) in Santa Cruz the night before. I was a little sketched out because of the lack of training. That night we had a nice dinner with the Gere’s and went to bed. We got up in the morning and rushed down to Capitola to secure parking. Parking down there is not so good later in the morning and we didn’t want to walk all the way down the hill with our stuff (race board, paddles, backpacks, etc..) we’re lazy like that.
We pulled into the parking lot and there I see my friend Chris Aguilar and Joe Bark. I roll in the lot screaming out their names. I was asked how many cups of coffee I had from Joe. Chris already knew that I was just on a natural high and am naturally hyper like that. Then we walked down to register for the race. I looked at the surf and it was pumping! I was already thinking like I was last year. Bail the event and go surfing! But I thought about the promise I made to the boys to go and paddle. Plus Dana and I were going to just finish the race and not stress out about what place we were going to be. We were going to be battling for the last place position after all.
They started us in the water again this year because of the south swell that was bringing waves into the Capitola area. Surf was good…When the horn blew, everyone took off. The top paddlers set a blistering pace. Dana, Gary, and I stayed behind to get away from the craziness. We took a steady race pace and not pushing ourselves that much in the beginning. We wanted to make sure that we had enough energy to make it to the end.
In the beginning it was pretty good paddling. We talked and goofed off with trying to draft each other to help go the distance. Then the winds came….It was a brutal 6 mile right side paddle to the Cowells buoy through chop and weird jumpy water. Gary ditched us when we were close to the Harbor. Dana and I were trying to keep from not falling that far behind the group. I yelled and him and asked that we take a rest. He wanted to paddle to the Cowells buoy and take a rest there out of the wind and chop. So we paddled onward. That was such a brutal paddle. We got the Cowells buoy and took a little breather there.
Then there came the 1 mile left side paddle to the mile buoy. That was my goal. Just to make it to the mile buoy. Once you get there. The fun part of the race begins! The downwind part. The wind at your back and the waves pushing you along. Now that’s what I like, but we had to get there first. The wind was pretty bad getting there. It was just blowing and we were having a hard time trying to keep a good line to the mile buoy. It was so bad that we ended up going on our knees for a little bit to get there. Once we got there I started cramping up. My hand just started to tweak, so Dana and I rested there for a bit. There was one of the escort boats there asking if I wanted to quit and take a ride back in with them. I was like hell no…I didn’t make it this far not to finish. Plus this was the part of the race that I was looking forward to.
So Dana and I stood up and started our way back to Capitola. This leg of the race was so much fun! Riding little bumps and gliding as far as they would take us. Then once we got past Pleasure Point the wind had stopped and we had to start paddling again. I was so beat and sore from cramping up by this time. But I had it stuck in my head that we only had a couple of minutes left to the finish. Once we took that last turn into Capitola I was relieved. Our little 12 mile stroll was going to be over soon. We got to the beach and jumped off of our boards for the finish line. Dana and I stopped and both stomped the finish line. We both got last place in our division, but who cares. We sure as heck didn’t. All we wanted to do was finish and have fun. I think that we accomplished that. Next year we’ll all be back.
Thanks to Kyla, Ryan, Shawn, and Pablo (Liquid Militia) for always supporting this token Hawaiian in whatever I do all these years. Thanks to Meg and Dave Chun of Kialoa paddles for my awesome Toro paddle that pulled me through the race. Thanks to Blueline and Paddle Surf Hawaii for my awesome surf SUP’s, Hydroturf for my awesome deck pads, Isurus Wetsuits (Jim Brateris) for supporting my efforts and keeping this Hawaiian kid h2o tight and warm, and thanks to Joe Bark for building me an awesome 14ft SUP raceboard!
Special thanks to all my friends that were at the event and making it a good fun deal even with the pain: John Alexiou, Andy and Nancy Gere, Gary Niblock, Ryan Brown, Scott Ruble, Joel Comer, The Ghostryder Watermans Club Santa Cruz, Chris Aguilar, Allison Riddle, the Bark’s Gemma, Jack, Sam, and Joe, Steve Shlens, Stephen Caldwell aka Reno, and anyone that I may have missed.
Sams Final Time was 3:02:52 SUP‐Unlimited
Well I got some time to try and tell you about my little 12 mile adventure this past weekend at the 10th annual Jay Moriarty paddle board event in Capitola. You know me. I’m always looking for an excuse to get out on the water whether it being surfing, fishing, or paddling I’m game. Last year I did the 2 miler and was planning on doing it again because it was such a fun event. Little did I know that I was going to be ragged on by all my friends about not doing the 12 miler. Got it the worse from my fiancée though. Who would of thought? So I made the commitment and registered for the 12 mile event a couple of weeks before the event. I’m getting ready for the event by paddling with my Santa Cruz paddle buddies and my best friend Dana in the open ocean on the weekends, and the canals during the week by my house. Then I’m also tracking a south swell that hit Hawaii days before the Jay race (It takes about 2 days for a south hitting Hawaii to reach us). All my friends back home are telling me that I’m missing it and it’s probably the best south swell to hit Hawaii in a long time. Of course I’m getting a little ansy to surf and thinking in the back of my head to bail out on the Jay race J I watch for the rest of the week for the swell to come in. I finally gave it a rest the Friday night of the race because nothing was showing up on the buoys.
I get up early and get ready to head down to Capitola. Parking is scarce and expensive. I wanted to get a space as close to the event site as possible. I roll into the parking lot in the dark and I hear waves crashing. Being the prepared guy that I am. I also packed my surf SUP in the rig J I ran out and checked out if there was any wave action worth suiting up for. Yep there it was. The south swell with waves up to head high on the sets. I was thinking again in my head (I might bail this event and surf all day). My other friends roll into the parking lot and say let’s get some waves before the race. I was like race you to the beach! So, I’m standing there in the lineup and having a blast surfing. My buddies Andy and Dana say we should go in and rest up for the race. So, we all turn around and go in. While taking off my wetsuit, I’m thinking again (I’m gonna bail this event and go surf my brains out somewhere else). Then all my paddle friends from Southern California (Matt Becker, John Becker, Aunty Martha, Joe and Jack Bark, and John Goodman) show up and egg me on into doing the race. I’m thinking again…12 miles of pain and torture, or fun in the sun surfing all day! Of course I fell into peer pressure and reluctantly got ready for the 12 mile run up and down the coast.
The racers are all getting ready in the ready area. Some of them really getting psyched on the sand just before they paddle into position near the starting buoy. I’m just there thinking to myself I just want to finish. This year they started us in the water because of the south swell in the water that was creating a nice shore pound that could cause some issues. So I paddle into position at the starting line and start relaxing getting my head ready for the long haul. The horn blows and all the competitors take off. I start paddling and trying to keep a steady pace so I can make it to the end. I aim for the first buoy a mile off from shore. I see all the top guys getting there quick and making the right hand turn to the next buoy at Pleasure Point. I’m chugging along thinking in my head (Didn’t I tell Shawn that I wasn’t going to do something like this again at the Santa Barbara 9 mile race?).
I hit that buoy and now aim straight for the Pleasure Point buoy. I look ahead and see the pack starting to string out. I have my iPod blasting tunes in my head and I keep a nice rhythm. I start to tell myself that the buoy isn’t that far away and I can get there. I make it to the Pleasure Point buoy and start my way to the Steamer Lane buoy. I’m chugging along looking at the buoy about 3 miles away and saying it’s not that far and I can make it there. I’m already getting tired and thirsty. I pop a GU and drink water from my camel back to keep me from feeling too tired. I come across a paddler sitting on his board. I stop and ask him if he was alright. I introduced myself and he did the same. His name was Chris and he did this 12 miler last year. This year he had his son join in the fun. He was waiting for his son to catch up. So, I sat there and kept him company till his son made it to us. As soon as his son caught up to us, I got back on my board and paddled toward that Steamer Lane buoy.
Once I rounded that Steamer Lane buoy I took aim to the 1 mile buoy (it’s actually about 1 mile off the Santa Cruz board walk. Which is half a mile long!). The water in the stretch was jumpy and made me balancing on my board challenging. To top it off while paddling out to the 1 mile buoy I see what looks like to me a baby shark breaching the water and catching full body air like on Discovery Channel! I almost took a crap in my shorts! I’m telling myself to relax and DON’T fall in this area and hurry to the mile buoy!
I hit that mile buoy and it was a huge relief to get there. I take that thing on my left shoulder and point straight towards the Rio Grande drive on the mountains (Used that as me landmark to get me back to Capitola) Now the fun part of the race begins because the wind is now at my back and can catch some bumps and rest for a little while during this leg. I pop another GU and drink water. Then I start paddling with a little quicker pace to keep me gliding along with the wind and waves. I see in the distance the Pleasure Point buoy and again I say to myself that it’s not that far. As I’m paddling downwind I see other paddlers in the water that were ahead if me the whole race and I’m catching up to them! I’m feeling all stoked in my head. I never thought that I would actually catch people. During this leg I was just having a blast. I was catching people and eventually passing them! Dude, I got super psyched and started to pick up my paddle cadence.
That feeling of fun and games all came to an abrupt end as soon as I rounded Pleasure Pont. As soon as I hit that corner the point blocked the wind at my back and I was back to paddling to make it to the finish again. I set that feeling aside and start to look for the last buoy to round in front of Capitola. I see it in the distance and tell myself again, that’s not too far. I can get there. By this time I’m really tired and have been bucked off my board about 4 times into the ocean. Falling off, then climbing back on the board, and getting it moving again take a lot out of me. I’m getting closer to the Capitola buoy and pass a couple more people. I hit that final buoy and take on my left. I now point myself to the finish line.
Now I’m pointed to the finish line. I know that all my friends already finished and are having beers (You know what I mean Ryan bud J ). I start to look at the finish line and for the first time during this whole adventure. I said to myself…Man that’s a long way to go! I try to shake that thought out of my head as fast as I can. I started to think about the beers at the end that I could par take in as soon as I get there. I start paddling with a quicker cadence again. I the finish line is getting closer and closer with every stroke I take. I’m getting closer and closer to my goal of just finishing this knarly 12 mile adventure. Then I stop for a little bit. I totally forgot about the swell that’s in the water! I see the shore break pounding the shore from back of the waves. There’s no way I was going to get pounded and get my board all busted up from the cobble stones on the sand. So I pause and time the sets to make my escape to shore. Hopefully it would be a clean escape, and it was!
My friends are on the shore cheering me on and Andy grabbed my board. I ran to the finish line and crossed it in 3 hours and 4 minutes! That was with waiting with Chris for his son to catch up earlier. I was stoked!
Everyone gave me high fives and congratulated me for finishing. Of course I was really tired, but was looking for the beer that I could finally have and I did have a few after J Well that’s my little 10th annual Jay Moriarty paddle race adventure for 2011. I’m looking forward to doing it all again next year! Thanks Kyla, Ryan, Shawn, and Pablo for always supporting me! I am Liquid Militia 4 Life! Thanks also to Blueline/Paddle Surf Hawaii (Jim Brewer, Blane, and Austin) for my killer surf SUP’s, Isurus Wetsuits (Jim Brateris) for making some really great wetsuits that keep this token Hawaiian dry and warm, Kialoa (Dave and Meg Chen, Pam, and Lisa) for the awesome paddles, and Joe Bark for making me an awesome race board!
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My first 6.5 mile open ocean race. Came in last, but was well worth the experience. I met a lot of really great watermen and they were all super cool to hang out with after the event. I’m definitely doing any events that they have in the future. Hopefully next time I’ll trim time off of my last place result next time. That’s the goal anyway! Gotta get a bigger board and a bigger paddle for these long distance events!
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So….I did this Naish race thing in San Francisco because there was no waves this weekend up here. Since this was my first “real” race. I was thinking that I was going to maybe finish in the middle. NOT! I came in second to last! Ahead of my cousin! Ha ha ha! That’s what I get for thinking I would do better.