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A break in training for Shark Bite Challenge & Paddlefest

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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