Shark Bite Challenge Cancelled---The Un-Race Report

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The 13 Annual Shark Bite Challenge was called due to high winds and waves. The decision was mandated by the Coast Guard, Florida Parks and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department.  

All Dressed up with nowhere to go?

All Dressed up with nowhere to go?

A secondary option was apparently not viable as high winds buffeted the area.

Race organizer Karen Mirlenbank plans to move forward with the following days activities as well as offering a "fun race" option for those feeling inclined to mix it up before heading home.

Undaunted, Racers quickly switched gears; making the best of an otherwise disappointing situation.  The SUP crowd made for the shore break as the Ski an OC-1 camps took to deeper water seeking downwind runs.

The showdown between top athletes Sean Rice and Jasper Mocke was not to be. The two, along with Jesse Lishchuk instead joined forces, embarking on a 50 KM  downwind in what they later deemed to be the best conditions they had experienced in several months.

The scene played out the same with others throughout the day,  with groups splitting off for social paddles at various locations in the area.

Afterwards, throngs of attendees converged at the Dunedin Brewery, as the crowd reveled in food, drinks and community. The atmosphere did not belie a negative response, with the raucous crowd cavorting and socializing as though partaking in an Italian family reunion.

DUNEDIN BREWERY

DUNEDIN BREWERY

In a great display of the paddling communities' soul, in spite of disappointment, we always rally for the good time and good friends.

REID hYLE AND CRAIG IMPENS

REID hYLE AND CRAIG IMPENS

JASPER MOCKE AND SEAN RICE

JASPER MOCKE AND SEAN RICE

LINDA AND BOB CAPELLINI

LINDA AND BOB CAPELLINI

KENNY HOWELL, MYRLENE MARSA, DAVID BELL, WAYLON WILLIS

KENNY HOWELL, MYRLENE MARSA, DAVID BELL, WAYLON WILLIS

ROB MIRLENBANK

ROB MIRLENBANK

DARRYL REMMLER and RYAN BOLAND

DARRYL REMMLER and RYAN BOLAND

RANDY TAYLOR

RANDY TAYLOR

MARK MCKENZIE AND PAT LANGLEY (VAIKOBI)

MARK MCKENZIE AND PAT LANGLEY (VAIKOBI)

HYPE MATTINGLY, SARA JORDAN, AND PAM BOETLER

HYPE MATTINGLY, SARA JORDAN, AND PAM BOETLER

ERIC MIMS, SEAN RICE and EMILY MCGRATH

ERIC MIMS, SEAN RICE and EMILY MCGRATH