Friday, July 23, 2010

Hawaii Kai is Finish Line for Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard Champtionships

This Sunday, July 25, will be the 2010 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard competition, felt by most in the sport to be the World Champioship of Paddleboard Racing. The event has become the single most iconic event in the paddling community.

Both Stand Up Paddling and Paddleboarding champions from around the world will compete to test their athletic ability against the 32-mile crossing of the Ka'iwi Channel. At its deepest point, the channel is over 2300 feet deep and creates a funnel effect that shoots billions of gallons of seawater between the islands each hour. This venturi effect, combined with trade winds blowing roughly in the same direction, creates seas that can range anywhere from 8 feet to 15 feet on a average day, and upwards of 20 feet on an extreme day.

Because of the danger the Ka'iwi presents, each athlete is required to have an escort boat and support crew to accompany them across the channel. The first stand up paddleboard and prone paddleboard athletes across the channel will be crowned a World Champion, and the finish line is the Hawaii Kai beach park in Maunalua Bay.
The course begins at the north shore of Molokai and ends on the south shore of Oahu. It is the ultimate test of endurance – no engines or sails, just a paddler and the propulsion power of his/her arms. Top paddlers can ride swells for 100s of yards, and must navigate across open ocean at the same time. The record crossing time is 4:45:03, set by Jamie Mitchell in 2004.

Visit for videos and photos of this exciting race. (Photo above courtesy of this web site.)

This is an exciting event. The Hawaii Kai community always supports the racers and residents are there in large numbers to cheer the finishers. If you live on Oahu, come out and join us. If you don't - but would like to live in Hawaii Kai - call or email me and let's discuss how you can be part of our Hawaii Kai lifestyle.

Barbara Abe, Realtor

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