[PHOTOS] Check Out The Intense Action From Day 1 @ The Gorge Paddle Challenge
The Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge is happening all this weekend at Hood River, Oregon. Yesterday was the Course Race and today is the Downwinder.
As we’ve been saying all week this is one of the most competitive SUP races of the year, with a good chunk of the world’s top paddlers in town. Yesterday didn’t disappoint, with young gun Kai Lenny taking victory in the Course Race ahead of 10x World Champ Jamie Mitchell, Chase Kosterlitz, Slater Trout, Connor Baxter and another dozen very fast paddlers… Meanwhile Candice Appleby was too strong in the women’ race, beating home Jenny Kalmbach and Allison Riddle.
(check out the full Gorge Paddle Challenge SUP results for more)
So it’s safe to say it was one of this year’s biggest and best SUP races.
But if you weren’t lucky enough to be in Oregon to witness the action then don’t worry. Local SUP store Gorge Perforance was on hand and took some awesome shots of the action. Check out the highlights below or take a look at all 120 photos on Facebook.
(you can click each photos to get a larger version)