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Gallery | #PPG2016 Men’s Pro Distance Race
October 21, 2016 | by Mike Misselwitz
  • A motley crew at the PPG Men's Pro Distance start line. Photo: Aaron Black-Schmidt
  • Pro Distance champ Michael Booth and Kai Lenny bust each other's chops before the hooter. Photo: Greg Panas
  • Danny Ching and his trademark torque lead the pack into the opening sprint. Photo: Greg Panas
  • These guys are in it for the long haul. Six miles to be exact. Photo: Greg Panas
  • Digging and stabbing and stroking and slicing...just imagine how the water must feel. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • Michael Booth separated from the pack early for an unrivaled lead to the finish. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • One of few scenarios where an epic battle among titans takes place in a single-file line. Photo: Aaron Black-Schmidt
  • Hammer time with the world's fastest paddlers. Photo: Greg Panas
  • A mob of Pro Juniors round the PPG buoy with a Dana Point backdrop. Photo: Greg Panas
  • Danny Ching pivots with certified turn-style behind __. Photo: Greg Panas
  • Connor Baxter, Travis Grant and Lincoln Dews round the crescent buoy with high intensity. Photo: Greg Panas
  • The Pro standup racers at #PPG2016 are masters on their feet. Can you tell? Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • Michael Booth celebrates an undisputed victory in the Men's Pro Distance race. Photo: Aaron Black-Schmidt
  • A tight race to the finish with Ching narrowly hedging out Arthur Arutkin in the final steps. Photo: Aaron Black-Schmidt
  • That triumphant feeling of finishing, and finishing strong. Photo: Lorenzo Menedez
  • Connor Baxter closes in for a champion's signature finish. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • NSP teammates and resounding SUP badasses Travis Grant and Tituon Puyo holding hands across the finish line. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • Michael Booth, silly with victory. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez

#PPG2016 Men’s Pro Distance Race

It could have been anyone’s race. Well, anyone who registered who registered for the Men’s Pro Distance event at the 2016 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life. More specifically, anyone fast enough to best the lot of earth’s fastest paddlers, converged from all corners of the globe for the biggest SUP competition in history. Anyone good enough to smoke the likes of Connor Baxter, Kai Lenny and the rest of the Standup World Series elites. Yeah, sure, it could have been anyone’s race. But instead it was Michael Booth’s.

Enjoy this exclusive photo compilation from the Men’s Pro Distance race.

Full results from the Men’s Pro Distance Race

Women’s Pro Distance Race Photo Gallery