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Titouan Puyo and Annabel Anderson Claim the 2016 Carolina Cup Titles

After a tight slog on both the womens and mens divisions of the Graveyard Elite Race at the 2016 West Marine Carolina Cup presented by Surftech, it was Frenchman Titouan Puyo and repeat champion, Kiwi Annabel Anderson who crossed the finish line first on this day of shifty conditions and intense emotion at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina for the East Coast’s sixth annual flagship race.

The duo are off to a solid start for the 2016 season, kicking off the symbolic season opener with commanding lead that they held for most of the race, with Annabel finishing minutes and almost a mile ahead of the runner-up Candice Appleby and the rest of the women’s leading pack, comprised of Australia’s Terrene Black, American rising star Fiona Wylde and Canadian powerhouse Lina Augaitis, who is freshly returned after dropping out mid-season last year to nurture her baby on the way.

On the men’s side, last year’s champ Travis Grant gave Puyo a run for his victory check, clinging tight to his heels throughout the entire race and proving the value of what some youngsters might call “old man strength,” but we call veteran strategy and beastly horsepower. Closely behind Grant, event favorite and expecting father Danny Ching claimed the third slot on the podium, with a slew of super star racers following closely behind.