The Battle Of The Paddle Shore Break: It’s Kinda Gnarly
17 days and counting… 17 days and counting until Danny Ching and Annabel Anderson will defend their Battle of the Paddle Elite Race crowns against the likes of Connor Baxter, Travis Grant, Kai Lenny, Candice Appleby and Jenny Kalmbach. 17 days and counting until the world of Stand Up Paddling turns their attention to Doheny State Beach at Dana Point, California for the world’s biggest and most competitive SUP race.
There are also 17 days and counting until we get to see more of this: Battle of the Paddle shore break carnage.
While the Hammer Buoy provides the carnage out on the course, the shore break throws up plenty of epic photos of its own. While Dana Point usually has pretty mellow surf, the shorey is, due to the steep incline of the beach, kinda gnarly. Even when it’s half a foot out the back the shore break can throw up 3 ft of serious board-breaking, fin snapping, legrope tangling power that knocks even some of the most seasoned of paddlers off their boards.
Case in point:
Or this one…
Or my favourite: “The Look Of Horror In The Moment Before Impact”