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See larger Grace Gebhard supports her boyfriend, Brandon 'Mango' Gunderson, as he approaches the finish line. The third annual Paddle Challenge, based at the Esplanade, brought paddleboarders and supporters  to Smokehouse Bay on Sunday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Grace Gebhard supports her boyfriend, Brandon "Mango" Gunderson, as he approaches the finish line. The third annual Paddle Challenge, based at the Esplanade, brought paddleboarders and supporters to Smokehouse Bay on Sunday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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  • Taylor Jalving pulls ahead in the Bic One Design race. The third annual Paddle Challenge, based at the Esplanade, brought paddleboarders and supporters  to Smokehouse Bay on Sunday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Mitch and Virginia Billeter of Lakeside Treasures brought their artwork, including these ceramic fish, bayside for the day. The Left Bank Art Fest and the third annual Paddle Challenge, both based at the Esplanade, shared the courtyard space on Sunday.
  • Katie O’Hara and Rick Popoff monitor the racers.
  • It just looks like water ballet, as the One Design racers round the buoy and head to the finish line.
  • Racers surge past the starting buoy in the Bic One Design race. The third annual Paddle Challenge, based at the Esplanade, brought paddleboarders and supporters  to Smokehouse Bay on Sunday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Grace Gebhard supports her boyfriend, Brandon 'Mango' Gunderson, as he approaches the finish line. The third annual Paddle Challenge, based at the Esplanade, brought paddleboarders and supporters  to Smokehouse Bay on Sunday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Mark Athandcio finishes first in the 6.3-mile endurance race. The third annual Paddle Challenge, based at the Esplanade, brought paddleboarders and supporters  to Smokehouse Bay on Sunday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Racers round the first buoy in the Bic One Design race. The third annual Paddle Challenge, based at the Esplanade, brought paddleboarders and supporters  to Smokehouse Bay on Sunday. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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