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Race Results – 2011 Battle of the Paddle Dana Point

Saturday, September 24th, 2011
Race Results For the 2011 Battle of the Paddle Dana Point, CA

Maui’s Connor Baxter, 17, won his first major stand-up paddle (SUP) championship today against the world’s best in the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle in California. In the most thrilling Elite Race battle in the four-year history of the event, Baxter fought off none other than 10x world prone paddleboard champion Jamie Mitchell (Australia), and defending Battle of the Paddle California champion Danny Ching (California) to win. The women’s Elite Race was won with by an incredibly inform Candice Appleby (Oahu/San Clemente) for the fourth consecutive year.

Full Results Elite Race 2011 Battle of the Paddle California

Full Results Distance Race 2011 Battle of the Paddle California

Full Results Age Group  Race 2011 Battle of the Paddle California

Full results Relay Battle of the Paddle 2011 California

2011 BOP – New Battle Format Spooks Top Paddlers

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Battle of the Paddle 2011 Dana PointChing (Redondo Beach, CA) won both the Elite and Distance races here last year. Travis Grant (Queensland, Australia) won the Hawaii Battle over Ching back in May. Mitchell (Queensland, Australia) won here at Doheny in 2009, and recently returned to dedicated SUP racing after claiming his 10th prone paddleboard world championship in Hawaii in July. Appleby (San Clemente, CA), like Ching, won both races here last year and over the past 12 months has blurred the performance line that separates the men from the women. All four athletes are both nervous and excited to see how the new format plays out.

“Most of the guys, including myself, struggle the first lap and you shoot out of the gate a little harder than you should,” says Ching. “I think (the new format) is scary because if you make a mistake on one lap, there’s not enough time to come back. I’m a little nervous about that. And catching one swell could make a huge difference this time. My big advantage is that I can out-paddle the others over distance, but now we’ve got two shorter races, not one long one, so that levels the field.”

Travis Grant expects that the heat format will help everyone iron out the bugs and result in a greater battle between more paddlers for the win: “The longer the race, the better I do, so shortening it up will really change things. In Australia we do heats for a lot of races, so I don’t mind that, it gets you ready, but it gets the other competitors ready, too! For me, in a straight out final you can break people straight away, but it’s going to be very different with the heats. It’s incredible that the sport’s grown to the point where we need to run heats now.”

Jamie Mitchell admits he’s nowhere near his performance goals yet, so the Elite Race format will be a true test for him: “When I said SUP was my next thing, I meant over the course of a year, not straight away,” said Mitchell. “I went from Molokai (world championship race in July) to my honeymoon, then to New York (where he headed up water patrol for the ASP World Surfing Tour), and now I’m here. But I’m nowhere near where I’d like to be at in terms of performance. I know how to race and I have plenty of experience so I’ll be trying to draw on all that. For me, a Top 5 finish would be a good result. I know what I’m capable of and I’m nowhere near it at the moment, so I can’t be too confident.

“You can’t get ahead of yourself. You’ve got to get through that first heat. And while the distances are shorter, when you combine the 2-mile preliminary heat with the 3-mile final, you’re actually paddling 5-miles this year compared to 4-miles before.”

Candice Appleby is excited about the new format, but wishes the Elite Final had the men and women starting at the same time: “You’re going to see the strongest, deepest, fastest women’s field you’ve ever seen in stand-up paddle this weekend,” said Appleby. “The gap between the men and the women is really closing, so ideally, I’d like it if the women started with the men in the final so we could see where we stand in the field overall. But it’s going to be exciting regardless, and there’s a lot more aspects to the race this year with the new format.”

The preliminary heats of the Elite Race will commence at 9am Saturday. The Elite Final will commence at 2pm. Saturday will also feature the Open Race at 11:30am, the SUP beach expo, and kids races. The distance race from San Clemente Pier will take place on Sunday, finishing at Doheny. In total, more than 800 starters are expected to compete throughout the weekend.

Battle of the Paddle Hawaii – Ching and Grant in for a Battle!

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Media Contact: Jodi Wilmott

Right now I have an inflated expectation of speed… I have no doubt it’s going to come down to a battle with Travis.”

– Ching, hot off an intense outrigger season and focused on BOP –


Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii – (May 9, 2011) — When defending Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle champion Danny Ching (Redondo Beach, CA) returns to Waikiki this weekend, his mind will be on the prize but his eyes will be  on his long-distance training buddy and toughest challenger, Travis Grant. The Californian and the Australian have shared a training friendship and competitive rivalry for  the past seven years. Grant held the lead over Ching for the entire Elite race last year before losing it in the final lap.

The $25,000 Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle, presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection, will take place this Saturday & Sunday, May 14 & 15, Duke Kahanamoku Beach. The Battle will be webcast live and broadcast around Hawaii on Oceanic Time Warner Cable digital channels 250 & 1250HD.


For the past six months, Ching has been immersed in the one-man outrigger  canoe racing season, bagging a host of wins and a runner-up finish in the world championship. Last week he hung up his outrigger paddle  in exchange for his stand-up paddle and says he’s in top shape and ready to do battle in Waikiki.

As extra incentive, he’s brought his family and sponsorship team from Simple Mobileto celebrate his 28th birthday on day one of competition: Saturday, May 14. It will be even sweeter if it turns into a victory celebration.

I have no doubt it’s going to be a battle with Travis,” Ching said with a laugh. “I’ve been racing that guy every time we’ve lined up for the past 7 years, whether it be on a surf ski, OC1, or stand-up. We know each others strategies well! It’s like having a practice buddy on the other side of the world.

Having just come off an intense outrigger season last week, I’m in great shape and I’m feeling confident.

“Right now I have an inflated expectation of speed; I’m trying to go 8-10 miles an hour like I do on an OC1, when a SUP usually maxes out at around 7.5. The biggest thing to me is to get a clean (start), don’t make any mistakes – or you open the door for everybody – and let your paddling do the work.”

Live, global, start-to-finish coverage of the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle, presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection, will be delivered May 14 & 15 from historic Duke Kahanamoku Beach, Waikiki.


Thursday, May 12, 1:30pm, Outrigger REEF hotel, on the beach.


Video Review – Danny Ching tests the new 404 Monster Race Board

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Danny Ching talks about training and 4040 from Riviera PaddlesurfDanny Ching tests the new 404 Monster Race Board.

This board is one of the Fastest & Lightest Stand Up Paddle Boards Available. 404 was created by Danny Ching and Greg Jensen to develop high performance, light and stable race boards. The 12’6″ stock racing board design blends speed and stability and effortlessly slices through the water.  Available @ PaddleBoard Planet and Riviera Paddlesurf. Winner Danny discusses training tips and SUP and OC1 racing.