More 2nd Annual Battle of the Paddle Pics

The youth brigade was in full force…

Here’s 10 year old Riggs Napoleon fully soul surfing…I saw guys who were supposed to be “surfers”…5 times older than this kid, running from waves like this…;-)

Slater Trout…what a kewl kid…
I paddlesurfed with him and his dad on Maui 3 years ago…he was still sponsored by our friend, and world class shaper, Bill Foote…I gave him a coiled leash because his was getting in the way of his cross-stepping…and he still remembered it…this 14 year old has really stepped it up…finishing 2nd overall in the Elite race after waterman extraordinaire, Jamie Mitchell…coincidentally, the kid has a business card with his title as “Waterman”…this is actually very doable as a 14 year old on Maui…

Thomas Gallagher cleared by flight control…

Rob Rojas…super nice guy…humble…hard working Fish & Game warden…makes time to train every morning at the crack of dawn…here he is finishing 2nd in the distance race…

Danny Ching…SUP distance Men’s winner…cross-stepping back…his board was oscillating something fierce…

The wahines catching up with the men at the southern buoy turn…

SUPsports team rider, Rich Schroeder (54), trying to thread the needle…one of the only guys in this group to execute a proper kick turn…a move that Rich has worked on the last couple of months…

MY WAVE!!! I GOT IT!!! COMING DOWN!!!
What a cluster f*ck…just as Sparky planned…;-)

Aloha surf riding seven decades ago…wave etiquette is wave etiquette…some wave riders get it…others do not…

These guys totally get the “aloha” thang…the song remains the same…

One of the sweetest buoy turns of the contest…a SUP wave contest surfed on race boards…;-)

We saw lots of guys make this turn on their knees…some took as many as 15 strokes on their knees…so much for the “5 stroke rule”…;-)

Obligatory group shot…

to be continued…

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