An iconic pier, hard-working paddlers and a gray sky: a recipe of the 2017 Clif Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival. Photo: Santa Monica Pier Corporation

A Big Weekend of Racing In Santa Monica

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.

Trout on his way to his biggest win in recent memory. Photo: Santa Monica Pier Corporation

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 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.

Appleby is always a threat in Southern California surf races. Photo: Santa Monica Pier Corporation

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).

Check out the full results.