Best SUP racers in the world compete in this weekend’s Pacific Paddle Games

On Friday, SUP Magazine‘s 2016 Pacific Paddle Games kick off from Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California.

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The event, which runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, features the world’s most talented paddleboarders competing for the largest prize purse in the sport’s history — $60,000.

Doheny has established itself as one of the premiere venues in the world for paddleboard racing.

Many are predicting that this will be the first time all of the top 20 ranked men compete in one race, and the competition will no doubt be intense.

But the Games aren’t just about competition, they’re about celebrating the paddleboarding lifestyle and showcasing Doheny’s incredible paddleboarding culture:

From Friday to Sunday, the Games bring the tight-knit paddleboarding community together, offering everything from instructional clinics for beginner paddlers, to the West Marine Demo Zone, where experienced paddlers can test out new gear designed to take their skills to another level.

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The best paddleboarders on earth are invading Dana Point this weekend. Don’t miss out. Photo: Courtesy of Greg Panas/SUP Magazine

And you don’t need to be Kai Lenny to compete in the Games: The weekend features an open division, which will allow amateurs to take on the same course as the pros, as well as youth races designed to highlight the future of the sport.

For more info, and to stream the 2016 Pacific Paddle Games, head on over to SUP Magazine’s website, or get down to Doheny State Beach. The action begins at 8:30 a.m. PST on Friday.

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