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Mo Freitas and Fiona Wylde Claim the 2016 Santa Cruz Paddlefest Titles

The Santa Cruz Paddlefest is considered one of the most iconic challenges in SUP world and year after year it attracts the best riders in the world. Well, this year the competition celebrated its 30th birthday and it was bigger and better than ever.

Riders gathered for the surf competitions in SUP, wave ski, performance kayak and whitewater kayak disciplines, plus open events at The Lane’s more playful adjacent break, Cowell’s, and a SUP race that goes out around the Santa Cruz Wharf to the harbor and back.

In the Men’s challenge Mo Freitas proved to be the best, claiming the win ahead of runner-up Giorgio Gomez and hard-charging third-place finisher, Slater Trout.

In the Women’s race, Fiona Wylde showcased her skills and experience, claiming the victory in front of Shae Foudy and Kali’a Alexiou.