Written by David Wells
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The Second Annual Mongoose Cup hosted by surf legend Mickey Munoz went off this past March 12th and despite the threat of a possible Tsunami 123 paddlers were up for the challenge.(photos courtesy Candy Apple)
While the paddlers were all a bit heavy of heart and holding their thoughts for all those who were in peril in Japan the racing went on as a healthy distraction to the disaster on the other side of the ocean we both share.
The Mongoose Cup is a special event that focuses on creating a fun atmosphere and features a unique “luck of the draw” relay race. The relay race format sees local paddlers mixing it up with the sports top athletes in teams as they battle for top honors on the race course with the teams being decided by, you guessed it, the luck of the draw. Each SUP (4) person relay team is required to have one female paddler, one senior paddler (50 & over) and either one junior paddler (16 & under) or a beginner/intermediate paddler on their respective teams. The start and finish for the flat-water race was at Baby Beach at Dana Point, California. To be eligible for the Mongoose Cup teams must race 12′6″ & under SUP boards. (pictured below the course)
The event starts with a “fun paddle” around the Dana Point Harbor before the racing action gets underway and the·focus is on Safety.·
“With the explosion of stand-up paddle boarding there are a lot more people paddling in the harbor. Safety and etiquette have become much more critical. Since Dana Point has become a Mecca for paddle sports, we wanted to have an event that’s message is about the importance of water safety and paddling etiquette. We also want to take the opportunity to demonstrate stewardship towards one of our favorite places to paddle, Dana Point Harbor, and keep it clean”, says surf legend Mickey Munoz. The Mongoose Cup also featured a Waterman Expo that included surf & paddling vendors, SUP sport activities & competitions (kid’s racing), clinics on board repair, training techniques and demonstrations. Event proceeds to benefit local organizations such as the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association DSBIA and DLSA Doheny Longboard Surfing Association. (pictured Mickey and Peggy Munoz)
When the racing action kicked off it was more about fun tan beating anyone but of course a race is a race is race and it was the team of Dane Deboer, Norman Scheel, Dave Boehne, and Chris Bishow taking top honors. RESULTS AT THE BOTTOM.
Check out this interview with Mickey to get to know more about him.
About Mickey Munoz – Mickey Munoz, born in New York City in 1937, is an early pioneer of surfing and well-known surfboard shaper. Once described as the “surfer’s surfer”, Mickey has been riding waves since the 1950s and has been featured in many popular surfing films and documentaries. Winning the first professional surf contest and pioneering big wave surfing at Waimea Bay are a few of Mickey’s surfing accomplishments. Munoz was the stunt double for Sandra Dee in the 1959 teen film Gidget and he developed an iconic surf stance that became known as the “quasimoto”. Mickey currently lives in Capistrano Beach, CA with his wife Peggy and is an avid stand-up paddler (SUP).
1stPlace: Team # 18 Dane Deboer, Norman Scheel, Dave Boehne, Chris Bishow
2nd Place: Team # 22 Tommy Loy, Josh Call, Wally Emory, Spencer Brod
3rdPlace: Team # 14 Brandon Rambo, Mark Pighini Alan McCorkle, Brendan Light
4thPlace: Team # 21 Dick Deboer, Larry Froley, Kevin Nerison, Tom Holbrook
5thPlace: Team # 13 Mark Johnson, Denis Pordy, Heather Fenske, Betsy Risner
6thPlace: Team #10 Jim Terrell, Mike Riley, Jill Vickery, Jayson Campbell
7thPlace: Team # 4 Diane Wenzel, Paul Zacharias, Raymond Call, Matthew Elias-Calles
8thPlace: Team # 11 Thomas Maximus, Kaikea Wilinski, Mike Vaughan, Jr., Barklie·Griggs
Special thanks to Barrett Tester for the results and all the work supporting the event