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Jon Davies rounds the corner on his way to a win in the open mens race Sunday.

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Gorge Paddle Challenge: Locals represent amidst large field at 2013 SUP event

Kerbox, Wylde are overall champions

Several epic battles ensued this weekend in what is already being hailed a very successful third-annual NAISH Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge. Starting Saturday with the distance race, relatively light wind meant paddlers’ endurance was truly put to the test in the six-mile upriver grind from Viento State Park to Hood River. Wind picked up on Sunday for course racing in front of the Hood River Waterfront Park, and again paddlers were pushed to their limits, as half of the diamond-shaped course faced straight upwind.

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