Big Bear Paddlefest 2016 – Recap & Results

This past weekend marked the holding of the 9th annual Big Bear PaddleFest, putting racers to the test once again at 6,700”ft elevation on Big Bear Lake.  The day was broken down into multiple events — the main events being the 5k, 20k and 10k Elite (Salt Life Cup Points Race)

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Racers were welcomed with perfect blue skies and 75 degree weather to start the day.  As it hit time for the 10K race to start, the winds started to pick up, turning the course into a mix of a grueling up-wind, followed by a fun but also tricky down wind, making it a true “challenge the bear” experience.  Scott Shoemaker took home the 20K, with an impressive time of 1:52:00, a solid 8 minutes in front of second place finisher Jordan Mckee.

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(Start of the 10K)

It was also an impressive day for Team Infinity SUP, having multiple team racers podium throughout the three main events of the day, with riders Chance Fielder and

Kristin Thomas getting the overall wins in the 10K.

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bear paddle 2016 (4)(Chance Fielder & Kristin Thomas coming in to take the 10K wins)

Thanks again to OnIt.Pro for providing great photos and video! The Top 10 from the 10K Elite race can be found below, as well as full results from the day of racing on


10K SUP (Salt Life Cup Points race)

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Mathieu Astier

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