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Day One Gallery | Pro Technical Prelims and Prone Races at #PPG2016
October 01, 2016 | by Pacific Paddle Games
  • Sunshine and a pumping south swell greeted paddlers at the 2016 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life. Photo: Greg Panas
  • Between two buoys: the start of the Pro Prone Distance race. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • Traditional paddleboarders Matt Poole, Jack Bark and Nick Malcolm battled it out all day during Friday's lay-down extravaganza. Photo: Greg Panas
  • Better known as the world's best female SUP surfer, Izzi Gomez left the paddle behind today to compete in both Prone races for a third-place overall finish. Photo: Greg Panas
  • Ironman, M2O winner and paddleboarder extraordinaire Matt Poole won both the Distance and Technical races to sweep Day One's Prone division of #PPG2016. Photo: Greg Panas
  • "Charger" Carter Graves lived up to her name and put down a stranglehold performance at #PPG2016, taking both the Distance and Technical races. Photo: Panas
  • The ears of all the best paddlers in the world: Anthony Vela gives the race briefing for the Men's qualifying Technical SUP races. Photo: Aaron Black-Schmidt
  • Los Angeles South Bay stalwart Jack Bark smiles his way to a third-place finish in the Pro Prone Distance race. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • Clean waves, offshore wind and five of your best friends. Welcome to SUP racing at the Pacific Paddle Games. Photo: JP Van Swae
  • Don't worry everyone, the Hammer Buoy is alive and well and doling out the licks. Photo: JP Van Swae
  • Kody Kerbox is back from a racing hiatus and looking strong. He took a solid Technical Heat win today. Photo: JP Van Swae
  • Casper Steinfath soul arches around an inside buoy on his way to the final heat win of the day. Photo: JP Van Swae
  • Have you heard the news? Kai Lenny likes to spend time in the ocean. He advanced to the quarterfinals tomorrow. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • Like a fish out of salt water: river paddler Mike Tavares prepares to take on the waves of Doheny State Beach. He missed advancing by one spot. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • The best standup paddlers in the world, on their marks. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • Style to burn. Old-school moves during a warm up at #PPG2016. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • Connor Baxter led for the majority of heat one before getting chased down by the pack when they caught a bomb set wave. He'd still easily advance. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • Up, down and all around. You never know what Doho is going to throw at you. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • Team members Danny Ching and Noa Hopper ready to advance to Day 2 of #PPG2016. No surprise there. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • Freesurfers swarmed the waves around the contest site all day. Some were more successful than others. Photo: JP Van Swae
  • Getting a good start is key a strong Technical race finish. Actually accomplishing that can be a blur. Photo: Aaron Black-Schmidt
  • Superman Ching heading out for a warm up. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • Between the Hammer Buoy and a hard place. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • Deciding between a bottom-turn to top-turn combo or getting to the finish line faster, James Casey hangs on the high line. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • Izzi Gomez is competing in Distance and Technical races for both Prone and SUP divisions this year. She took overall-third in the Prone sector today, a good omen for her SUP performance to come. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • Graves takes a well-earned victory lap after the Technical Prone race at #PPG2016. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • The top-three male Prone paddlers at #PPG2016, left to right: No. 2 Jack Bark, No. 1 Matt Poole and No. 3 Nick Malcolm. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • Prone overall champions Graves and Poole, soaking in the victory (and the beer). Photo: Lorenzo Menendez

Day 1 Gallery from #PPG2016: Pro Technical Prelims and Prone Races

Sun, surf and the best in standup paddling and prone racing made for a idyllic opening day at #PPG2016 presented by Salt Life. In the prone sector, seasoned maven “Charger” Carter Graves and Aussie lay-down locomotive Matt Poole took the first-awarded overall titles of #PPG2016 with clean sweeps in both the Distance and Technical races. The standup show kicked off with a hungry crop of the world’s elite paddlers battling it out over the course of eight 16-man heats for the first round of qualifiers. It was everything we hoped for and more, and you can relive the action here in this exclusive gallery.

Catch the full written recap from Day 1 at #PPG2016