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South Bay Paddle season opens

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Max First and Alex Merril mug for the camera before dueling to the finish during the 8-mile Oceans Prone paddleboard race on Sunday. Photo by Chris Aguilar (FinFilmCompany.org)

Three-time Catalina Classic winner Max First and six-time UC San Diego All American swimmer Alex Merril engaged in a friendly duel during the eight-mile Oceans Prone paddleboard race on Sunday. The in-and-back course started at Neptune Street in Manhattan Beach and went north to Imperial Avenue in El Segundo. Merril finished in 1:25:39, half a minute ahead of First. Liz Hunter won the women’s division in 1:46:29, followed by Jenna Solberg in 1:46:41. The next Opens Prone race is a 12 mile race on Sunday, July 7, starting at Torrance Beach. This will be the last of the Ocean Prone Paddles four race series and is a qualifying race for the men’s and women’s stock, prone division for the US SUP and Paddleboard team. To qualify for the team you must paddle a 12-foot prone board in the 12-mile race. Bark Commanders are available to rent through Oceans Prone www.oceansprone.org.

Jenna Solberg (pink board), winner of women’s 20-29 age group and Liz Hunter, winner of women’s 30-39 age group .

This Saturday, June 8, the second annual South Bay paddle will start at 6:30 a.m. at the Hermosa Beach pier. The 15-mile in-and-back course runs south to Palos Verdes, then out to the R10 buoy and back to the Hermosa pier. The SB Paddle is a qualifier for the Catalina Classic on Sunday, August 25.

Place 8 Mile Overall Time Board Gender Age Division Division Place
1 Alex Merril 1:25:39 UL M 20-29 1
2 Max First 1:26:07 UL M 20-29 2
3 Mauricio De La Barra 1:30:38 UL M 40-49 1
4 Brian Peterson 1:33:11 UL M 40-49 2
5 Mike Jackson 1:34:22 UL M 60-69 1
6 Casey Annis 1:35:47 UL M 50-59 1
7 Rodney Ellis 1:37:35 Stock M 40-49 1
8 Jansy Obando 1:37:40 14 M 40-49 1
9 Scott Rusher 1:39:31 UL M 50-59 2
10 Liz Hunter 1:46:29 Stock F 30-39 1
11 Jenna Solberg 1:46:41 Stock F 20-29 1
12 John Ward 1:48:02 14 M 50-59 1
13 Mark Cole 1:51:16 UL M 30-39 1
14 Joe Scaturro 1:54:40 Stock M 30-39 1
15 Kevin Cody 1:55:56 UL M 70-79 1
16 Brian Toal 1:56:09 UL M 40-49 3
17 Ron Witter 2:01:21 UL M 60-69 2
             
             
Place 2 Mile Overall Time Board Gender Age Division Place in Division
1 Kurt Schaefer 0:32:04 Stock M 60-69 1
2 Ruth Parish 0:32:28 Stock F 50-59 1
3 Amanda Calhoun 0:33:22 Stock F 60-69 1
4 Macy McKeegan 0:33:24 14 F 20-29 1
5 Ed McKeegan 0:33:52 14 M 60-69 1
6 Marilyn Kalty 0:34:09 Stock F 40-49 1
7 Lara Schea 0:39:53 Stock F 40-49 2
8 Nate Jones 0:43:40 14 M 40-49 1

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