Ocean Tribe team leader Joe Cerdas continues his SUP 14′ domination in Texas wrangling in another win at Ocean Fest. Island Paddle had over sixty paddlers compete July 9th at East Beach on Galveston Island. Anchor Paddleboards team rider & Ocean Tribe member Payden Adams made a run at Cerdas early on. Joe pulled away as the 5k continued on towards the final two buoys.
Walker Higgins with Muddy Water Paddle Company from Baton Rouge, Louisiana stood proud in the 3rd spot on the podium with a solid performance. Joe continued on after the 5K win taking the “Dash for Cash” race too! Cerdas is a G-Town native and has tallied up several wins in 2017 including the Cinco de Mayo Pro just recently May 5-8 in Corpus Christi, TX. J.C. took the inaugural OX Endurance Formula first ever SUP sprint night races. He also’ won (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) free-for-all sprint cash race under the lights. Cerdas went on to win and repeat for the 2nd year running at the Cinco/Anchor Paddleboards 5K event at North Packery Jetty on Mustang Island.
Island Paddle/Ocean Fest executive director Milo Mijares was firing on all cylinders with this fourth annual event. It showed with the good turnout and great crowds. This open water gulf race is certainly one of the most difficult 5K events on the Texas coast. The tow was minimal and the surf was around 1 1/2 foot average for conditions during past Ocean Fest events in July. The heat was one of the toughest hurdles to overcome July 9th at East Beach. You had to keep hydrated or you could be dealing with a difficult situation out there on the 5K SUP course.
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