I paddled the 12' prototype race board and was first SUP in. The 6ish mile course took me 1:14 to complete. I was 104th out of 158 paddle craft. Jeff Underwood paddling a Starboard Pin was next in and Heather Nelson was nipping at his heals on a C4 Vortice.
I need to also point out that two guys on prone Bark paddle boards beat me by about 5 minutes. Kudos to those guys.
The trickiest part of the course for me was navigating a fast line through the kelp beds. At one point I made a navigational mistake and got high-centered on a pile of kelp. I had to get on my knees and "hop" my 10" fin over the road block. Ugh. Then I stopped to take off my gloves and later I stopped to paddle backwards 10 feet to get some weeds off my fin. Ugh again.
Ex-Olympic kayaker Greg Barton easily was the overall winner on his Epic V12 surf ski.
Pictures and full results will be posted here soon.