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#PPG2017 Open Racer Portrait Gallery
October 05, 2017 | by Jack Haworth
  • 70-year-old John Bland is a self-proclaimed “SUP addict” and has competed in every PPG and Battle of the Paddle. That experience payed off for the Encinitas-local with an impressive time of 1:04 in the six-mile distance race.
  • Jake Ward, 28, came all the way from Tahoe City for his second SUP race ever. He would overcome a tough start in shallow water to finish strong in his first-ever surf race.
  • Veronica Wold, 52, survived stage-4 ovarian cancer at the age of 22. Since then, she has gone on to an adventurous life that now includes SUP racing at #PPG2017.
  • Shuri Araki, 11, crossed an ocean to get to #PPG2017. The kid from Okinawa, Japan made the most of his trip by winning the 6-mile Youth Distance Race in 1:07.
  • Jennie Sandvig, 37, said she trained harder than ever for this year’s Women’s Open Technical race. The San Clemente paddler’s efforts paid off with hard-fought victory.
  • Brian Meyer, 30, is the owner of Capitol SUP and came out to PPG all the way from Annapolis, Maryland. The trip was a big success as he won the Men’s Open Technical race.
  • Two years ago, San Juan Capistrano’s David Hansch managed to compete in the Pacific Paddle Games after suffering a stroke one month prior. Clearly, the 64-year-old is still going strong after competing in his seventh PPG/BOP in 2017.
  • Audrey Lee, 36, got into standup paddling by teaching SUP yoga in Park City, Utah. Used to being the only one on the water back home, she was inspired by the supportive SUP community at #PPG2017.
  • Jim Baumann, 68, has been paddling in one form or another since 1985. He put that experience to work in the #PPG2017 Open Distance race.
  • Tamara Lentz, 42, is a single mother who works full-time, yet still finds time to paddle. Her dream vacation would be to paddle in the Mentawais.
  • Kaden Cotner, 12 and Kolbi Cotner, 10
  • Eiji Suzuki, 50
  • Dennis Buchanan, 49, Long Beach
  • Kristy Morris, 40, Hermosa Beach
  • Zibi Wadzynski, 44, San Diego
  • Lily Ridge Schryer, 14
  • Scott Shoemaker, San Diego.
  • Kathy Lynch
  • Soryn Preston, 8
  • Lisa Carulli, 52, San Diego
  • Yves Vacheresse, 60, Santa Monica
  • Malaya Ring, 11
  • Tomoe Yasu
  • Belah Ellis, 14
  • Jeramie Vaine, 38, Boston
  • Trace Ostrowski, 10
  • Dan Gavere, 47
  • Ava Cawrse, 12
  • Zeke Rose, 13
  • Mackie Samubio
  • Jaidynn Watson, 9
  • Rai Taguchi, 13
  • William McGrath
  • Alex Ostrowski, 12

#PPG2017 is a time for paddlers of all ages and abilities to come together and compete on paddling’s biggest stage. While everyone knows stars such as #PPG2017 winners Connor Baxter and Annabel Anderson, it is the everyday paddlers that comprise the backbone of our sport.

The men and women who participate not for sponsors or prize money, but for the passion that burns inside them. They come from different backgrounds, countries and even generations. Photographer Christian Jung captured these post-race portraits of the Open racers–complete with sand, sweat, and tears–to give everyone a sense of just how varied and inclusive our SUP community truly is.


Gallery: Day Two at #PPG2017

Gallery: #PPG2017 Open Technical race