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What they were thinking: Boston Tea Paddle

The start of the Boston Tea Paddle, a standup paddle race to benefit Journey Forward, a nonprofit organization specializing in spinalinjury care, at Liberty Pier, June 16, 2012.

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

The start of the Boston Tea Paddle, a standup paddle race to benefit Journey Forward, a nonprofit organization specializing in spinalinjury care, at Liberty Pier, June 16, 2012.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what's happening in the shot.

Who's up today: The start of the Boston Tea Paddle, a standup paddle race to benefit Journey Forward, a nonprofit organization specializing in spinalinjury care, at Liberty Pier, June 16, 2012. From far right are Jon Beauchesne and Maura Rosenthal.

Beauchesne: “I was just miserable. I was boxed in. I was down on my knees because I was pinned in the corner. It was taking so long to get the race started. Then when I did stand up, the two guys in front in the picture, they both fell, so I couldn’t get off on the race. But I did pretty well. It was a great event. The conditions there were serious winds and heavy chop. We were getting waves 3-4 feet high. It’s a giant bathtub, very challenging. Even some of the pros fell.”

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Rosenthal: “OK, paddle past the starting buoy and do not hit anyone. This was my first SUP race. I was much less intimidated by the racers than by the waves and the wind that were hitting the nose of my board with incredible force. Once I had a chance to actually look ahead to the first buoy, I did a lot of self-talk. I had to continually tell myself, ‘You are balanced and can do this, short quick strokes.’ I think I talked to myself out loud during the entire first leg, but I am sure no one could hear me over the howling wind.”

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