Newport Beach, CA â€” September 27, 2011 â€” The fourth annual Battle of the Paddle in Dana Point, CA, held on Sept. 24-25, brought out the Kaenon Polarized standup paddle team in full force, with top finishes across nearly all divisions. The high-energy races drew approximately 1,000 competitors who chased the $25,000 prize purse, as well as thousands of local spectators, making this event the largest of its kind in standup paddling.
The weekend's events were broken into multiple divisions and race types, including elite, long distance, age group races and SUP surf relays. Competing among the divisions, Kaenon Polarized's standup paddle team was front and center throughout the majority of the weekend.
Team rider and 10-time paddleboard world champion, Jamie Mitchell battled through the elite division and crossed the finish line in second place, three seconds behind young paddler Connor Baxter. Jamie also competed in the long distance division and took fourth, wearing Hard Kore JM10 G12.
Other top finishes included Chase Kosterlitz, from Florida, who wore Hard Kore JM10 G12 and won the 14' division among a strong pool of competition. Jerry Bess, of Hawaii, won the 40-49 distance age division while wearing Hard Kore Titanium G12. In the SUP Relay, wearing Gauge Seaweed G12, Noa Ginella led his team to a first place finish by a solid time margin. Karen Wrenn, still recovering from knee injuries, performed well, finishing fifth in the women's distance division, in Soft Kore White G12.
Though not a Kaenon Polarized sponsored event, spectators, event organizers and athletes alike wore Kaenon Polarized styles, a reminder of the brand's long-standing position as a leader in the standup paddle community. As an essential piece of performance equipment for athletes on the water and the premium eyewear of choice for active lifestyle enthusiasts, Kaenon Polarized's patented SR-91â„¢ polarized lens technology protects against harmful UV rays, glare and the elements while providing distortion-free vision on the water.
Learn more about our patented SR-91 lenses at Kaenon.com.
About the Battle of the Paddle
The Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle is an SUP festival and lifestyle exposition that includes races and demonstrations for all ages and skill levels. From beginners, to family and company relay teams, to high intensity elite competition, Battle of the Paddle is the showcase for the world's fastest growing water sport.
About Kaenon Polarized
Since 2001, Kaenon Polarized has continued in its mission to provide elite athletes and active lifestyle enthusiasts with unmatched polarized optics and high-performance frames, all with superior fit and luxurious style. With proprietary and revolutionary SR-91 polarized lenses, Kaenon Polarized continues to push the boundaries of active optics with award-winning performance sunglass styles, all adaptable in Single Vision and Freestyle Progressive prescription.
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