Fresh off her Molokai2Oahu championship, Talia Gangini hopped on a plane and headed out to the mainland for some more competition and thrills. Her first stop: Lake Tahoe, for the Ta-Hoe Nalu Paddle Festival, where the heat was blazing and the competition was on fire. Talia paddled to a top 5 position, then made her way up to Hood River, Ore. for another race, the Naish Gorge Paddle Challenge. Here’s turbo Talia, in her element. – SC

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