Double wins for both Connor Baxter and Annabel Anderson at 2017 PPGs!

Annabel Anderson Connor Baxter Pacific Paddle Games 2017
Annabel Anderson Connor Baxter Pacific Paddle Games 2017
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In a weekend of thrills, chills and fiery finishes, the 2017 Pacific Paddle Games was non-stop entertainment.  Top athletes from ALL OVER THE GLOBE set the stage here at Doheny State Park for what turned out to be one of the greatest standup paddle racing events of all time.

The LIVE FEED from the PPG’s website allowed for viewer spectatorship from all over and the high octane stoke from paddlers on the water, coupled with blow-by-blow commentary from Dave Kalama and Chris “Boss Man” Parker of Supracer made this year’s PPGs one of the best on record.

Here is Standup Journal’s photographer, Glenn Dubock’s recap:

Annabel Anderson Pacific Paddle Games victory glance
Annabel owns her moment after a stunning victory that left no questions about who the top athlete in the world was for women today. Photo by: Glenn Dubock

Danny Ching Veers Off Course in Men’s Distance Race opens the door for Connor’s Win

In the long distance race, held in difficult south wind cross chop conditions, Conner was able to capitalize on a mental error by Danny Ching who was hot out of the gate.  Danny  commanded a good lead, but veered off course thinking he was in last year’s race.  This costly mistake put him wide of the pack and, although Danny was able to fight valiantly back into contention, he was never able to reassert his dominance and placed 3rd overall.

Connor Baxter Starboard Pacific Paddle Games 2017 winner
Connor Baxter had his work cut out for him in both the distance and men’s technical final, but the champ showed that he still has another level of competition underneath the hood, pulling off a fantastic win! Congrats, Connor! Photo by: Glenn Dubock

Annabel dominates PPG’s with fiery strength & athleticism

Annabel left zero doubt that she came back to Doheny Beach with nothing in mind but putting on her very best overall performance ever, in spite of challenges with sponsorship that could have easily sunk her whole campaign for the year. In the 2 lap, 6 mile race there was never a doubt she was going to put it away before the halfway mark. She even caught up to Pro Men that had left the line minutes before her group did!!

Connor Baxter Lincoln Dews Michael Booth Hammer Buoy Pacific Paddle Games 2017
In tight corners with Lincoln Dews and Michael Booth, Connor flawlessly works his way around the Hammer Buoy to make himself a world champion … again, here at Doheny. Photo by: Glenn Dubock

Lincoln Dews stroke-for-stroke with Connor in technical finals:  What a finish!

When it came time for the Technical Races, Conner had his hands full fighting off constant challenges by Lincoln Dews and others. In the end, his mastery of buoy turns and being able to remain an efficient paddler in choppy conditions served him well. The legendary Hammer Buoy, the scene of so much carnage over the years – even without measurable surf – took it’s toll and still Connor snuck through all the traffic jams.

Candice Appleby Jade Howson Infinity Sup Pacific Paddle Games 2017
Team Infinity rounds the buoy as Candice Appleby and Jade Howson chase down Annabel in the distance race. Photo by: Glenn Dubock

Annabel’s win in women’s technical final leaves no doubt who reigns as 2017 PPG champion

Annabel was in textbook form for the Women’s Technical Final. Candice Appleby and Terene Black gave her a few tests after a slow start, but it was only Shae Foudy that was close for the first 2 laps.  That’s when Anderson found a few long glides, turned on the afterburners and had nothing but open blue water in front and behind her.

Pacific Paddle Games Men's Distance start
Paddles UP! Contestants blast off the starting line for the Men’s Distance Race. Photo by: Glenn Dubock

Every race an opportunity to test the limits for Annabel

When I asked her if this was revenge or a way to avenge her uncharacteristic last lap mental error of 2016, she was very quick to say that it was neither. For Annabel, each and every race is a opportunity for her to push her own limits, prove to herself that she still has it in her, both mentally and physically to up her game-and enjoy it!

–By, Glenn Dubock

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Glenn Dubock, Assoc. Publisher/Photo Editor – Santa Barbara, CAnHis voicemail message at Santa Barbara’s Cottage Hospital says Dubock is the media services coordinator, but that’s just his day job. He is one of the preeminent watersports photographers on the scene today. Growing up in the West Coast surf culture and getting in on the ground floor of the windsurf and kitesurfing boom days, Dubock’s impactful coverage began even before he extensively photographed the ’84 Olympic Games. Glenn’s images depict a deep knowledge of the sport. In 1985 he shot the first cover for California Boardsailor, our mag that would eventually become Wind Tracks. “Dub” is about to celebrate his 30th wedding anniversary with Kathy.