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Corran dominates the Kern Fesitival SUP class

Recently returning from the Dusi race in South Africa, Corran went to the 50th annual Kern festival held in Southern California this weekend, and dominated the event with his two new race boards, the Dusi and the SL350, winning two of the three events and taking 2nd in the other. Winning the 16 minute sprint race with a commanding 45 second lead (including two “silly” swims while trying new untested lines through some of the rapids), he started out his weekend well, and went on to win the Boarder Cross against fellow Olympic kayaker Eric Giddens, who lives and trains on the Kern river. Eric managed to edge Corran out of 1st place for the slalom win, using his left handed paddling to his advantage on the course that by luck happened to favor a “leftie”. Eric took 2nd in the boardercross, and third in the downriver sprint, being beaten out by local paddler and Corran SUP dealer John Stalone who was also racing a Dusi. In 4th place in the sprint was Matt Hudgins, racing the inflatable iDusi (with broken ribs no less). Overall it was a fantastic weekend, with decent flows and an enthusiastic crowd of spectators and participants.

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