A break in training for Shark Bite Challenge & Paddlefest

Standup paddle boarder James McDougall, 52, of Clearwater, cools off Friday (4/10/15) morning after paddling several miles of a race course while preparing to compete in the 12th-Annual Shark Bite Challenge & Paddlefest which is being hosted April 10-12, 2015, at Honeymoon Island State Park. This is the first year a Shark Bite Paddle Fishing Tournament will be featured at the event. Also featured are one-mile, four-mile, and eight-mile standup paddleboard, kayak and OC1 races, as well as a six-person traditional outrigger canoe race and many skill clinics. McDougall, who is sponsored by Watersports West, plans to compete in the 12'6" board class over 50 elite race and said Friday's workout was particularly windy with plenty of waves and current. "If this head wind continues, that eight mile tomorrow is going to be a long way home," McDougall said. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD
Standup paddle boarder James McDougall, 52, of Clearwater, cools off Friday (4/10/15) morning after paddling several miles of a race course while preparing to compete in the 12th-Annual Shark Bite Challenge & Paddlefest which is being hosted April 10-12, 2015, at Honeymoon Island State Park. This is the first year a Shark Bite Paddle Fishing Tournament will be featured at the event. Also featured are one-mile, four-mile, and eight-mile standup paddleboard, kayak and OC1 races, as well as a six-person traditional outrigger canoe race and many skill clinics. McDougall, who is sponsored by Watersports West, plans to compete in the 12'6" board class over 50 elite race and said Friday's workout was particularly windy with plenty of waves and current. "If this head wind continues, that eight mile tomorrow is going to be a long way home," McDougall said.DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD
Published April 11 2015
Updated April 11 2015

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times

Standup paddleboarder James McDougall, 52, of Clearwater cools off Friday morning after paddling several miles of a race course to prepare for the 12th annual Shark Bite Challenge & Paddlefest, which runs through this weekend at Honeymoon Island State Park. McDougall, who is sponsored by Watersports West, plans to compete in the 12-foot 6-inch board class over 50 elite race and said Friday's workout was windy with lots of waves and current. This is the first year a paddle fishing tournament will be part of the event. There will be 1-mile, 4-mile, and 8-mile paddleboard, kayak and OC1 (a kayak-like watercraft) races, as well as a six-person traditional outrigger canoe race and clinics.

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