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Challengers of Distance Race
Hot, sunny conditions with nary a breath of wind made the Distance race a grueling challenge for competitors on Sunday morning.

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Connar vs. Noa
#PPG2015 Overall Champion Connor Baxter (rear) shares a wave with young gun Noa Hopper.

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Women of SUP
The fastest women on earth met the weekend’s surf with the skill, grace and competitive prowess.

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Jack Bark
Prone competitor Jack Bark gets the best kind of warm-up a paddler can.

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Open Racers
The Open racers—many of whom had never faced waves of the caliber and size at hand—rose to the challenge time and time again.

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Solid Sets
The waves worked like a machine the entire weekend, line after line after line.

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Danny Ching
Danny Ching, who finished fourth overall, communes with the ocean before battling it.

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2 groms
“That’s where you DON’T want to be.” Groms prep for their time in the shot at a #PPG2015 title.

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SUP Invasion
What it looks like when the entire SUP industry comes to Doheny.

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Women's final stretch
Candice Appleby left no doubt that she’s currently the world’s most dominant female paddler, winning both the Distance race (pictured) and the Technical Final to take the overall Women’s Pacific Paddle Games crown ahead of Annabel Anderson (2nd) and Fiona Wylde (3rd).

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Groms Charging it
What youth? Junior paddlers take on one of the weekend’s biggest sets during the start of their Technical race.

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Casper Steinfath
Casper Steinfath proved again that he belongs among the ranks of paddling’s elite racers by coming within a beard’s whisker of beating Connor Baxter for the overall crown. He finished a strong second.

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technical racers
All weekend long, the surf was no joke. Men’s Pro Technical racers take on an overhead wave at Doho’s outside reef.

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Another trophy for Appleby
Appleby earned hers the hard way: with sinew, sweat and a lifetime’s worth of ocean knowledge.

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Mo Frietas
Mo Freitas put on the performance of his career, beating all of the world’s best male paddlers by more than a minute-and-a-half to win the Technical Pro final. He finished third overall.

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Tired Baxter
Face of a champion: Baxter didn’t dominate the weekend, coming from behind to take the Distance race in the final leg and playing catch-up to take fourth in the Technical final. But his sheer will, race knowledge and physical conditioning perched him atop yet another prestigious podium.

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#PPG2015
Please go to PacificPaddleGames.com to see full results, video recaps and more photos from the inaugural Pacific Paddle Games, presented by Salt Life. Big thanks to all our sponsors—Salt Life, Olukai, GoPro, West Marine, Maui Jim, Milagro Tequila, Dos Equis and California State Parks—for making this groundbreaking event possible.

Photo: Menendez