First Wave: 10 Epic Images from Our 2018 Issues

The “First Wave” pages of Triathlete magazine are reserved for the top photos from the sport. These 10 earned the coveted spot in the 2018 issues.

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Photographer: Tommy Zaferes
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
EF 70-200mm
ISO 100

Sebastian Kienle runs along the beach during the final leg of the Island House Invitational on Highbourne Cay, Bahamas. Ben Kanute (USA) and Flora Duffy (BER) would go on to win the three-stage event.
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Photographer: Oliver Baker
Nikon D810
ISO 400

Great Britain’s Holly Lawrence pulls away on Las Pulgas Road in Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside in 2017.
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Photographer: Neil Kerr
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
15mm Fisheye
ISO 500

Young triathletes race across the shores of Lake Wanaka, New Zealand at the 10th annual Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka. The top boy and girl at the children’s event were chosen to be the “balloon kids” for the eventual winners of the half-distance Challenge Wanaka pro race, Javier Gomez (ESP) and Annabel Luxford (AUS).
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Photographer: Paul Phillips
Canon EOS-1D X
EF 24-105mm; 70mm
ISO 400

Athletes race down the bike course at Puerto Rico 70.3 on March 18, less than six months after Category 4 Hurricane Maria hit the island and caused roughly $100 billion in damage. Many athletes and their supporters participated in a hands-on rebuilding project after the race as part of an Ironman initiative that also helped raise almost $100,000 for relief efforts–some residents are still without water, power, and shelter.
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Photographer: Nick Morales
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
EF 70-200mm; 200mm
ISO 100
1/500; f/4.5

Athletes compete at Ironman Texas in April. The race’s bike leg was officially shortened to 110 miles due to safety concerns, and the event suffered reports of rampant age-group drafting. Race organizers went on to recognize both race winners, Matt Hanson (USA) and Melissa Hauschildt (AUS), as Ironman-branded world record holders, with times of 7:39:25 and 8:31:05, respectively.
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Photographer: Donald Miralle
Nikon DS
24-700mm (24mm)
IOS 100
1/1600; f/4.5

Canada’s Lionel Sanders runs alongside the famous red rocks at the Ironman 70.3 North American Championship in St. George, Utah, on May 5 en route to a course record (3:41:11), besting Sebastian Kienle (GER) in second, and Michael Weiss (AUT) in third. Canadian and former ITU star Paula Findlay took the women’s crown over Jeanni Seymour (RSA) and Sarah True (USA) in second and third, respectively.
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Photographer: Rocky Arroyo
Canon 1DX
24-700mm (70mm)
1/4000; f/4.0

After dangerous conditions forced the cancellation of the swim last year, triathletes returned to the chilly San Francisco Bay at the Escape from Alcatraz Tri. Ben Kanute (USA) narrowly held off Cam Dye (USA) for his second straight win, with Jason West (USA) in third. In the women’s race, Sarah Haskins (USA) took a close victory over Alicia Kaye (USA), while Lauren Goss (USA) rounded off the podium.
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Photographer: Paul Phillips
Canon 1DX
24-105mm (70mm)
ISO 320
1/800; f/9

Great Britain’s Lucy Charles (left) and Daniela Sammler took the win by just nine seconds over Charles, as Kaisa Sali (FIN) took third. The men saw another German winner–Sebastian Kienle–followed by Andreas Dreitz (GER) and Jesse Thomas (USA) in second and third, respectively.
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Photographer: Donald Miralle
Nikon D4
24-70mm (35mm) ISO 2000
1/1250; f/10

Germany’s Jan Frodeno runs past Bayworld in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on Sept. 2, en route to his second 70.3 World Championship win. Frodeno’s 70.3 WC-record 1:06:34 run split gave him the win in 3:36:31 over Alistair Brownlee (GBR) and Javier Gomez (ESP) who placed second and third, respectively. Daniela Ryf (SUI) took her fourth 70.3 world title in a convincing 4:01:13 as Lucy Charles (GBR) took second and Anne Haug (GER) rounded off the podium.
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Photographer: Oliver Baker
Sony a6300
70-200mm (200mm) ISO 100
1/320; f/4.5

Britain’s Lucy Charles rides along the Queen Ka’ahamanu Highway on the Big Island of Hawaii. She dominated in the swim (48:14) and much of the bike (4:38:10) to claim second-place with a 8:36:34 in the Ironman World Championship. Britain’s Lucy Charles rides along the