June 13, 2017
by Christopher Parker (@wheresbossman)

Slater Trout Edges out Toby Cracknell and Danny Ching to Win the Pier Paddle; Candice Appleby Women’s Champ

Toby Cracknell and Slater Trout

Toby Cracknell and Slater Trout sprint to the line in the Pier Paddle ‘Beach Race’ (photo credit: OnIt Pro)

In brief: Original young gun Slater Trout has continued his quest to return to the top of the sport, narrowly edging out his highly under-rated Infinity team mate Toby Cracknell and defending champion/former world number one Danny Ching to claim the 2017 Santa Monica Pier Paddle overall event title.

Slater and Toby split the wins between the long distance and beach race disciplines, with Slater taking the former before the Aussie out-sprinted him up the beach to claim the latter. With points tied, Slater got the nod on the tie-breaker (which weighted the result of the distance race) to take the biggest chunk of the $15,000 prize purse and go one better than his runner-up effort from 12 months ago.

Following their respective stints on the EuroTour, both Slater and Tobes looked in supremely sharp form ahead of the small but highly competitive field, while Danny was only ever about 15-20 seconds behind and showed he can still go toe-to-toe with the next generation.

Candice Appleby was the women’s champion after holding off a surge from the young guns–Lexi Alston was the runner-up after claiming the surf race, while half of the top 10 was filled with women under 18.

Full results below/full recap coming soon. As always, the crew from OnIt Pro have hundreds of great shots over on Facebook (gallery 1 | gallery 2).



2017 Pier Paddle: Men’s Overall Results

1Slater TroutElite10:55:1620:04:24324.00
2Toby CracknellElite20:55:3610:04:24318.00
3Danny ChingElite30:55:3930:04:39614.40
4Ryan FunkElite40:55:4860:04:561012.00
5Bullet ObraElite50:56:3650:04:521010.20
6Giorgio GomezElite60:57:0040:04:50108.40
7Garrett FletcherElite70:59:1970:04:57147.20
8Noa HopperElite101:02:0390:05:08196.00
9Rodney EllisElite91:01:55130:06:13225.40
10Keaton RoseOpen111:02:47110:05:27224.80
11Tyler BashorElite121:02:59100:05:21224.32
12Greg ClosierOpen--80:05:01-3.84
13Nick ScheelOpen--120:05:41-3.60
14Vincent SultanaElite81:00:59---3.36
15Braly JoyOpen131:04:32---3.12
16Elijah SchoenigOpen141:04:45---2.88
17Gavin MencinskyOpen151:05:06---2.64
18John GabrielOpen161:06:25---2.40
19Thomas NilsenOpen171:07:16---2.16
20Jonas GrahamOpen181:07:16---1.92
21Scotter OgilvieOpen191:08:00---1.80
22Jonas LetieriOpen201:08:56---1.68
23Byron KurtOpen211:09:34---1.56
24Johnathan La PointeOpen221:10:18---1.44
25Jeremy Godo KissOpen231:10:19---1.32
26Greg WelchMasters241:10:22---1.25
27Bill McgrathMasters251:10:39---1.17
28Michael Torsten RasbornMasters261:13:53---1.10
29Chungyeon KangOpen271:14:28---1.03
30Dwayne BoraMasters281:16:09---0.96
31Walker GrahamOpen291:18:50---0.91
32Erik ToppenbergOpen301:19:13---0.87
33Tj MunksOpen321:26:06---0.88
34Eric SinOpen331:28:43---0.81
35Eric ChuOpen341:36:28---0.72
36Michael OrwitzOpen351:38:00---0.67
37Justin AkersOpen361:53:36---0.63
38John NeelyOpen371:58:36---0.57
39Barklie GriggsMasters382:06:45---0.53


2017 Pier Paddle: Women’s Overall Results

1Candice ApplebyElite11:01:4830:06:19433.00
2Lexi AlstonElite41:04:5310:05:48524.75
3April ZilgElite21:02:2640:06:32619.80
4Penelope StricklandElite51:06:1350:06:351016.50
5Jade HowsonElite31:02:3890:07:131214.03
6Erika BenitezElite61:06:5670:06:471311.55
7Kali'a AlexiouElite71:06:5960:06:45139.90
8Hannah HillElite101:11:16110:08:10218.25
9Alejandra BritoElite131:14:45100:07:57237.43
10Sarah MessinaOpen151:17:2380:07:10236.60
11Shae FoudyElite--20:05:50-5.94
12Mel WygalOpen--120:08:29-5.28
13Stephanie ShidelerElite81:08:07---4.95
14Jennie SandvigElite91:11:10---4.62
15Abby BakerOpen111:13:23---4.29
16Kristin ThomasElite121:13:31---3.96
17Maggie AdamsMasters141:16:49---3.63
18Kathy LynchMasters161:26:01---3.30
19Jessica DavisOpen171:30:18---2.97
20Amy EhrenkranzMasters181:45:58---2.64
21Andrea ConradOpen191:53:33---2.48