January 29, 2018
CHALLENGING DEVIL’S ISLE
FINDING LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS AT BERMUDA’S PREMIER PADDLE RACE
It was still dark at the start line of the 2017 Devil's Isle Challenge. Headlamp rays wafted above the check-in table like beams of miniature UFOs casting a dreamy mood for the pre-race hustle. A modest handful of brave endurance athletes hovered around the beach, somber silhouettes prepping their boards and alternating sips of Carbo Pro with coffee. The humid morning air clung with anticipation that felt thick enough to chew. Wind whipped the palm fronds above the beach. If it weren't so dark, we would have seen whitecaps writhing outside the shelter of Snorkel Park. Twenty-five knots howling from the south was hardly the forecast we had hoped for--especially after flying halfway across the world for an endurance race around Bermuda.
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