The event was held at Crown Point Shores along Mission Bay in idyllic San Diego weather. “Paddle This!” narrowly defeated “Papa Dragon & the Navii Killers” and the “The Flaming C-Nuts” in the three-team final.
Paddlers were also treated to a Hawaiian Luau, which was complete with food from DaKine’s Plate Lunches and beverages from Kona Brewing Company and Dr Pepper. Island entertainment was performed by Kaleo’Onalani Polynesian Dancers.
The racing action was supported by the Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club. The club provided the canoes, and handled the paddle training and race management.
Other sponsor partners included Wells Fargo, Manpower, San Diego Business Journal, Kona, Bridgepoint Education, KPRI 102.1 FM, San Diego City Beat, Cox Communications, Coach America, Think Blue and Hawaiian Airlines. The Grand Finish Line was sponsored by the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.