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#PPG2017 Pro Men Technical Final Gallery
October 09, 2017 | by Jack Haworth
  • There's a whole lot of nerves on that start line. Photo: Aaron Black-Schmidt
  • Casper Steinfath and company leap to their feet off the start. Photo: Aaron Black-Schmidt
  • Danny Ching and his neon green hat are staples in the lead pack off the start line at PPG. Photo: Aaron Black-Schmidt
  • Hammering off into the distance. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • SUP racing becomes a full contact sport in the first turn. Photo: JP Van Swae
  • Aussie James Casey whips around a buoy with the Tahitian contingent hot on his heels. Photo: JP Van Swae
  • Don't look behind you, they're coming. Photo: JP Van Swae
  • Noa Hopper (near) and Slater Trout (far) take their gun show to Doheny State Beach. Photo: Aaron Black-Schmidt
  • Lincoln Dews leads the field...that was a common theme throughout the weekend. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • The waves were a little easier to get over than in past years. Photo: Aaron Black-Schmidt
  • Sometimes you just gotta take a seat. Photo: JP Van Swae
  • The many styles of Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life. Photo: Aaron Black-Schmidt
  • Ryan Funk getting funky around the buoy turn on his way to a PPG title in the Pro Junior Men Technical Race. Photo: JP Van Swae
  • Proof that Connor Baxter is a freak of the pivot turn. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • Lincoln Dews and Connor Baxter battled side-by-side until the bitter end. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez
  • While Baxter (left) would edge out Dews (right) for the victory, both men put on one helluva show. Photo: Lorenzo Menendez

While big waves may have supplied more wipeouts in the Pro Men Technical race at last year’s Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life, smaller waves meant this year’s race took on a different look. Where luck and surfing ability were critical last year, this year’s conditions favored the most powerful paddlers. In the end, it all came down to an epic battle between Connor Baxter and Lincoln Dews in the finals. Check out the best shots from that race in this exclusive gallery.


Full gallery from finals day at #PPG2017.

Photos from Day One at #PPG2017.