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Every morning at 7 a.m. athletes flock to the beach, located next to Kona’s pier, to get a practice swim in on the course, show off the results of their hard work and to size up the competition. One highlight of the beach for competitors and fans is the Kona coffee boat. If you can make the journey out to the boat, you’re rewarded with a shot of espresso and oftentimes some free swag from Blue Seventy and Clif Bar. Photographer Paul Phillips jumped aboard the boat to snap these shots.
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