The race consisted of 2, 2.6 mile loops on Elk Lake at 5000' elevation. About 30 people lined up including one prone board and two OC1's. I knew in the first quarter mile that I was going to be affected by the elevation, as I couldn't recover from my too fast of a start. Bend local John Rollert was on my tail and not fading at all. I would pull away a little on each turn, but then he would reel me back in. In the end, I barely held him off by about 15 seconds and Sun River local Paul Willerton had a solid 3rd place.
In the women's race, Brit Oliphant out sprinted Kerri Stewart for first, and Maria Randle was third.
As usual it was fun seeing Bend local and surfing legend Gerry Lopez out on the water and co-sponsoring the event.
A huge thank you to Meg and Dave Chun of Kialoa Paddles who once again let us stay at their beautiful home in Bend.
Lori at Sparks Lake
Trying to finish strong at Elk Lake
Shade & margaritas
Our daughters monkey came along too...