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Doheny State Beach was packed over the weekend with SUP fans and competitors alike for the fourth annual Battle of the Paddle September 24th & 25th.
The morning started with a 9am Elite Race and the newest addition to the Battle of the Paddle this year. This elite course is a multiple lap circuit that includes paddling through the surf and beaching equipment for a short, flagged sand run.
Only the top ten women advance, and Roxy’s Stand Up Paddle team did not disappoint. Advancing to the finals in the afternoon was Roxy’s very own Talia Gangini, one of the youngest riders out there, who came in with a 3rd place finish, while fellow Roxy’s Gillian Gilbree was right behind her.
Both girls moved on to the afternoon finals and Gillian overtook the 5th position from Talia who took 6th in the last round.
Roxy’s stand up Paddler Vanina Walsh also participated in the 2011 Baddle of the Paddle over the weekend. Vanina took two 1st places in the 13-14 girls and a 4th in the 18 and under girls stock board race.
Vanina was also given a special award for being the most inspirational female paddler!
A huge congrats to the entire Roxy SUP team!