In brief: Larry Cain has once again edged out Bart de Zwart to win the almighty Chattajack race in Tennessee, with the Canadian claiming his fourth-straight title in what has grown into one of the world’s largest races.
More than 500 paddlers took on the 31 mile odyssey down the beautiful Tennessee River Gorge, with the former canoe gold medalist extending his winning streak and relegating Bart to a third-straight runner-up finish. Conditions were cold, wet and challenging this year, though a solid downstream current did provide some relief.
John Batson stuck with the leaders virtually the entire course, which ensured a podiums weep for Team Starboard. Despite the rough weather, the top three all came in under the old course record.
Seychelle Hattingh cleaned up in the women’s race to cement her status as one of the world’s best endurance paddlers, while about 25% of competitors were listed as DNF after suffering from extreme cold (borderline hypothermia) and pulling out mid-race or simply missing the cut-off times.
Chattajack 2017 in the books and it's an @starboardsup sweep of the podium in the men's SUP. Cold, rainy, brutal conditions but a great draft train with @bartdezwart and John Batson and some good flow moving with us allowed us all to come in under the old course record. Stoked to pull out the win but had to give it all I had. Thanks to Ben and Kim and their team of volunteers, to the gang from home that I traveled with (who all kicked ass) and to all the Paddle Monsters who stuck to their programs and killed it. So proud of them. #TRAININGWORKS Thanks @starboardsup and @tridentsports for the great boards I get to stand on in these races and to Jimmy and Lizzie at @qbpaddles. See you at Chattajack 2018! @pdlmnstr #chattajack31