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Paddling headlines from around the world

SUP racing

Sonni Hönscheid demonstrated once again why she is one of the world’s best standup paddle racer in long and adverse conditions by winning the Air France Paddle Festival. On the men’s side, Marcus Hansen edged out Michael Booth to claim victory. Booth had a few things to say afterwards about competitors riding boat wakes towards the end of the course. His remarks earned him a sharp rebuke from the Paddle League’s face man. The public attack on Booth was a bit odd considering one of the Paddle League’s stated objectives is to unify the sport.

Heading over to the O-zone

Danny Ching and Ryland Hart were all class in their win at the Wild Buffalo Relay last weekend. The 41 mile outrigger/surfski relay race from Two Harbors, Catalina Island to the Newport Aquatics Center drew an international field of competitors. Although it was a long and grueling race, April Zilg and Jennifer Frazke, the women’s division winners, managed to inject a bit of fun all the way towards the finish when they wore plush buffalo hats on the final leg and for post race photos!

Jennifer Fratzke, Ryland Hard, Puakea Designs, OC-1, Wild Buffalo relay, PaddleXaminer, April Zilg, Kahele

SoCal Toyota expands relationship with paddle sports

SoCal Toyota is currently featuring Danny Ching and Ryland Hart SUP surfing in a commercial advertising the Toyota Rave 4 on television channels across Southern California. The airing caught many in the SUP community by surprise, but is just the latest chapter in SoCal Toyota’s engagement with the paddle sports industry. SoCal Toyota has been sponsoring a canoe at the Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club in Redondo Beach, California for the past year. The automaker also played a role in supporting the California Junior’s Outrigger Team on their successful trip to compete in Tahiti last summer and has been actively partnering with Lanakila at a number of community events.

Performance Paddling announces 2018 Catalina Ocean Experience dates

Performance Paddling has announced the Catalina Ocean Experience 2018.  Guided by ocean athletes Morgan Hoesterey and Anthony Vela; this 4-day, 3-night ocean adventure will take place in the pristine blue waters of Catalina Island. Open to standup and prone paddlers looking to be more comfortable in, on, and around the ocean, the weekend will be spent paddling, free diving, camping, and learning about the ocean.

Where will they be? The 2018 schedule offers two different adventures to choose from:

Little Harbor (June 28 – Sunday July 1) –  Rated “One of the Best Campgrounds in the West” by Sunset Magazine, this beautiful campground is the only one on the remote “backside” of Catalina.  Located about seven miles east of Two Harbors, Little Harbor is a sandy, beachfront campground with extraordinary sunsets.

Parsons Landing (September 6 – September 9) – A secluded beach camping site located seven miles west of Two Harbors by land.   This primitive campground is accessible only via a moderately difficult hike or by paddling. There is no running water at Parsons Landing, and very little cell phone service.  Participants for this trip must be willing to make the 5-mile paddle to the campsite with their gear.  This is guaranteed to be a trip to remember.

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NSP’s CocoMat Technology: Green and Good Lookin’ – Super excited to announce NSP as the presenting sponsor for Keep it Green!

Danny Ching – Ryland Hart and the Wild Buffalo Relay – Two guys I have the pleasure of paddling with on a weekly basis.

Events on the horizon

Last look

Are you curious to learn more about the Performance Paddling Catalina Ocean Experience? Take a look at this incredible video shot during an excursion last year. Prepare to be inspired!



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Matt Chebatoris
About Matt Chebatoris 228 Articles
Matt is a former national security professional and lifelong adventurer. He has published material on a variety of topics in the foreign policy arena and created PaddleXaminer™ as a platform to share his enjoyment of paddling with others. When not on the water, Matt can be found hiking along rugged mountain trails in the California wilderness. Matt resides in Los Angeles and is a member of the Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club in Redondo Beach, California.