Annabel Anderson, Danny Ching Dominate Carolina Cup

Danny Ching and Annabel Anderson dominated this weekend in Wrightsville Beach, N.C., taking wins home from the annual spring event, the Carolina Cup. The two champs faced heavy fields of competition that included hundreds of competitors racing for World Paddle Association (WPA) points at the first WPA event of the year.

California’s Danny Ching proved his abilities once again in the elite 12.5-mile Graveyard Race as he opened a large gap on the field of paddlers and won the event for the second year in a row. Ching took the win with exactly four minutes between himself and the second place male and European SUP Champion, Eric Terrien of France. Elite paddlers Jamie Mitchell, Chase Kosterlitz, Ryan Helm and Matt Becker had great races as well, rounding out the top six places on the men’s side.

Annabel Anderson of New Zealand also proved her winning streak isn’t over yet as she out-paddled her competitors with more than a seven-minute lead on second place finisher and strong competitor, Jenny Kalmbach. Top paddlers Brandi Baksic, Krisztina Zur, Bailey Rosen and Olivia Piana finished in top spots as well, taking third through sixth, respectively.

Graveyard Elite Race Results
Men:
1: Danny Ching (2:14:40)

2: Eric Terrien (2:18:40)

3: Jamie Mitchell (2:19:42)

4: Chase Kosterlitz (2:21:32)

5: Ryan Helm (2:23:59)

6: Matt Becker (2:24:17)

7: Nick Leason (2:29:23)

8: Thomas Maximus (2:30:28)

9: Larry Cain (2:30:51)

10: Jeramie Vaine (2:31:05)

11: Jim Terrell (2:31:30)

12: Belar Diaz (2:32:02)

13: Tyson Poppler (2:32:13)

14: Matthew McDonald (2:32:25)

15: Charlie Howden (2:34:04)

16: Brandon Rambo (2:37:30)

17: Rami Zur (2:38:50)

18: Billy Miller (2:40:51)

19: Rand Perkins (2:42:15)

20: Brian Szymanski (2:43:15)

Women:
1: Annabel Anderson (2:32:32)

2: Jenny Kalmbach (2:39:58)

3: Brandi Baksic (2:41:24)

4: Krisztina Zur (2:43:42)

Heather & Savannah Baus [tandem] (2:44:06)

5: Bailey Rosen (2:57:19)

6: Olivia Piana (2:59:08)

7: Mary Miller (2:59:34)

8: Alison Riddle (3:01:55)

9: Mary Anne Boyer (3:09:07)

10: Kimberley Sutton (3:09:10)

11: Karen Millenbrink (3:15:17)

12: Dani Schmidt (3:17:36)

13: Terri Plunkett (3:23:02)

14: Kacie Wallace (3:26:52)

15: Kerstin Ouellet (3:28:03)

16: Kate Lewis (3:28:20)

17: Bernadette Leach (3:30:49)

18: Jenny ALderan (3:42:42)

19: Trish Miller (3:44:43)

20: Danielle LIcari (3:48:03)

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