Kayak races still a Pawleys Island tradition

  • Wednesday, July 25, 2012

By Chris Sokoloski


Despite a 1 hour and 15 minute delay in getting starting, the annual Pawleys Island Kayak Races were once again a success, according to Scott Benston.

"It was great conditions and a great turnout," said Benston, founder of Surf the Earth and race organizer. "Everybody was happy. We had some great times."

The races were supposed to start at 3 p.m. on July 18, but the level of Pawleys Creek was very low. Once the tide came in and water started rise, Benston waited a little longer for some of the competitors to return.

He said most of the adult events had a lot of racers, but there seemed to be fewer kids competing than in years past. And fewer spectators.

Benston has been organizing the race for 12 years and has seen a lot of the same people compete every year.

"People still plan their vacations around it," he said.

And he's seen adults competing who first start racing when they were just kids.

"It's always a very fun, family event," Benston said..


Kids Paddleboard (Under 12): first, Rowan Besse; second, Chloe Benston.

Kids Kayak Male (Under 12): first, Walker Crosby; second, Walker Posey.

Kids Kayak Girls (Under 12): first, Skyler Callaham.

Jr Kayak Male (13-18): first, Chris Holloway; second, Garrett Besse.

Kids Tandem (Under 12): first, Sam Hawn and Jack Crosby; second, Andrew and Walker Crosby.

Jr Tandem Kayak (13-18): first, Team Holloway.

Womens Paddleboard: first, Deanna Benston; second, Martha Propps.

Mens Paddleboard: first, T. Runion; second, Scott Benston; third, Michael Duncan.

Female Tandem Open: first, Mollie and Laurel Sheron; second, Caroline Whitlock and Cameron Reid; third, Team LeMaster.

Female Single Kayak: first, Dea Callaham.

Male Tandem Kayak: first, Collins Gundling and Evan Runion; second, Team Etheridge; third, Team Dognazzi.

Male Single Kayak (18-39): first, Paul Laurent; second, Alex Meyers; third, Jake Buckley.

Male Single Kayak Masters (40+): first, Sam Harrelson; second, Will Manning and Olivia Songer; third, Team Workman.

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