Day Two | Distance Race Photos and Results
The pro distance races on day two of the Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life gave spectators some of the most exhilarating finishes we’ve seen yet this season.
On the Men’s side, Danny Ching dominated in traditional form, leading the draft train for the majority of the three-lap, six-mile race. But in the closing legs of the final lap, Connor Baxter, who was in seventh coming into the final turn buoy, cranked up the cadence and steadily slinked his way toward the head of the pack, where he joined Ching for a neck-and-neck paddle battle in the race’s final stretch. The duo stroked into the same incoming wave side-by-side meters before reaching the beach, but Baxter managed to pull slightly ahead in the surf before dismounting to sprint across the finish line and take the Pro Distance Race title less than two seconds ahead of Ching. Denmark’s Casper Steinfath came in at Ching’s heals to settle the top three, followed by Jake Jensen in fourth and Travis Grant in fifth. Meanwhile, a few of the sport’s biggest names saw some serious shocker results, with Slater Trout finishing 16th, Kai Lenny 17th, Kelly Margetts 20th, Lincoln Dews 33rd.
A drama laden, carnage infused finale brought an end to the Women’s Pro Distance Race, where a train of five elite front-runners--Candice Appleby, Angie Jackson, Annabel Anderson, Fiona Wylde and Shae Foudy--warded off the pack with a commanding lead throughout the six-mile race. A sizeable set rolled into the surf zone just as the quintet zeroed in on the finish line, and all five of the pack leaders picked off the same shoulder-high wave as they closed in on the sand. From there, chaos broke out for Anderson and Wylde, who fell in the whitewash and lost position while Appleby, Jackson and Foudy managed to keep their footing to the beach. Appleby’s superhuman athleticism kicked into overdrive as she charged up the beach to claim first-place, out-sprinting Jackson (2nd) and Foudy (3rd), with Anderson and Wylde recovering to claim fourth and fifth respectively.
Stay glued to the LIVE webcast on PacificPaddleGames.com to watch the final races unfold and see your #PPG2015 champions crowned today!
Full Results: Men’s Distance Pro
Women’s Pro Distance Race