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Santa Monica Pier Paddle

Gray skies didn’t deter hundreds of ocean-lovers from attending the Clif Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival at the Santa Monica Pier this weekend. SUP stars Candice Appleby and Slater Trout took big wins against a stacked field of hardcore local and international SUP athletes in a race that manages to draw big crowds but maintain its local feel. Over 400 racers were present across the disciplines.

SUP racers looking to lock down the overall title had to compete in the 5.2-mile distance paddle and the Paddle Cross event in out through the surf.
Appleby (pictured above) took second here last year in a tie-breaker to two-time consecutive champ Shae Foudy but after a dominating performance in the 5.2-mile paddle and a third place in the Paddle Cross, came away with the overall win.

A first-place overall finish against top racers such as Toby Cracknell and Danny Ching counts as one of Slater Trout’s biggest wins in recent memory (he had a win in Santa Cruz this year but the field wasn’t as stacked).
This photos were shot by Mike Muir. There are a lot more photos in his complete Santa Monica Pier Paddle Board Gallery.

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