The 119 paddlers from around the world were greeted with perfect conditions for the fifth annual Cold Stroke Classic on Saturday, Jan. 19. The early morning chill wore off and the north winds remained light throughout the race, which was a stark contrast to the 30 mph winds that plagued last year's event.
Professional standup paddleboarder Dan Gavere, who was recovering from the flu, took advantage of the prime conditions to grab first place in the elite division with a time of one hour and 16 minutes. Christopher Johnson and William Grant rounded out the top three, both finishing five and four seconds behind Gavere respectively.
The top three women in the elite division were Karen Wilson with a time of 1:30,
Kate Lewis at 1:31 and Kimberly James at 1:32.
For the recreational division, the tope three women were Sharna Tolfree with a time of 48 minutes and 27 seconds, Christine Abbata at 50:39 and Holly Konrady at 51:08.
The top three overall paddlers in the recreational division were Mike Stanaway with a time of 41:05, Tay Filer at 41:30 and Daniel Willis III at 43:08.