It was an absolutely perfect weekend at the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection. The contest was two days of athleticism, expos, competition, and smiles. Over 600 paddlers from across the globe came to compete in front thousands cheering on the beach including Quiksilver’s Robby Naish and Jamie Mitchell. It was Danny Ching from Redondo Beach though that swept both the 10 mile Downwinder and the 50 mile Elite Race. On the beach, Hawaiian music filled the air and people mingled among the sponsor booths, relaxed in the shade, and tried their skills on SUP boards. It was apparent (and anyone attending this contest would agree) that this fairly new sport is here to stay.
Danny Ching running towards the finish