ISF R10, Velzy Stevens paddleboard races: Ocean gives and ocean takes away

R10 Paddleboard race director Kyle Daniels. (left), describes the new route to paddlers Saturday morning.

Veteran Catalina Classic paddler Ron Roebuck.

Reno Caldwell relaxes at the R10 start line.

Geoff Page tied for first in the stock division, on a borrowed board.

Chris Aguilar in front of instead of behind the camera.

Cassia Cole, 14, won the women’s division and then helped catch boards at the finish.

Nora Holt, 8, with Ocean Prone coach DJ Wilson. Taylor was the youngest paddler to solo the Manhattan Beach pier to the Hermosa Beach pier race.

An unidentified paddler rides to shore at the Hermosa Beach pier.

Nearly 150 paddlers lined up at the Manhattan Beach pier for the Velzy Stevens Paddleboard race on Sunday morning. Photos by Kevin Cody

The International Surf Festival’s two paddleboard races were held just a few miles apart, but conditions were as different as night and day. The R10 race course traditionally goes out to sea four miles, from Torrance Beach to the R10 b

R10 Paddleboard race director Kyle Daniels. (left), describes the new route to paddlers Saturday morning.

uoy, and back to the beach. But Saturday morning, the wind was up, and the fog was so thick that paddlers without GPSs would never have found the R10. Rather than risk losing paddlers, race director Kyle Daniels changed the course to hug the coastline, to King Harbor, and back to Torrance Beach.

Sunday morning, for the start of the Velzy/Stevens Pier to Pier race, at the Manhattan Pier, the wind was down and the sun was up, making for a fun, fast race.

Scott Clausen, of San Diego finished first in the R10, followed by Max First, of Manhattan Beach. The matchup was viewed as a prelude to their matchup in Catalina Classic on Sunday August 29.

In the Velzy/Stevens Race, Daniel Boos, 18, won the men’s division. Cassia Cole, 14, was first in the women’s division. — Kevin Cody

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