Chuck Patterson with paddle board

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Chuck Patterson, an extreme waterman, is someone I admire.  I’ve competed against Chuck in numerous surf competitions, and I must say, he is one fierce competitor.  He is a member of the all-star “Team California,” an outrigger squad comprised of some of the best paddlers on the West Coast.  Their mission is to dominate the outrigger circuit around the world.

I ran into Chuck after today’s 9-man outrigger race, a grueling 25-mile canoe race in Dana Point.  I said “hello.”  He wasn’t very friendly.

I guess this makes sense because today, “Team California” got their asses kicked by my team, “Marina del Rey”!