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Ballard Elks Halloween Race

Mon, October 31, 2022 4:31 PM | Adam Tischler (Administrator)

A collection of costumed paddlers preparing for ghoulish gusts
Photo credit: Michelle Black

The Ballard Elks Paddle Club in Seattle, WA held the annual Halloween Race on October, 30th. The race features two constants: great costumes and high winds. The 2022 edition was no exception as everything from kraken to Howard Stern showed up to race along with predicted winds in the 15-20 knot range. On a somewhat sheltered course the field paddled well and survived the fresh breeze to enjoy a breakfast buffet and some libations, in the Ballard Elks Lodge #827. 

Nick Papa won the SUP first place after pulling away from the field. We won't dwell on the fact that he was one of the few uncostumed competitors and will instead focus on his exceptional performance. Jessi Wasson won the women's division, handling the heavy weather well... while wearing a costume. Sarah Hess won the award for best costume - an octopus.

After the race, many participants chose to take part in a downwind on the building southerly that swept across Puget Sound. 

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