Some people were worried the new lottery system – introduced this year to deal with unprecedented demand – would thin out the field for the 19th annual edition, however I can safely say this will be the most competitive M2O of all time. → READ MORE
Downwind Month Glides on… Connor Baxter has just won the Maui 2 Molokai race yet again, beating an all star field and firing a shot across the bow ahead of the big one, Molokai 2 Oahu. This must be about the 6th or 7th time in a row that Connor has claimed the M2M title, however this year the win was more hard fought than ever. Connor edged out fellow Maui young gun Kai Lenny by a couple of minutes, while behind him was a who’s who of the downwinding world including Dave Kalama, Travis Grant and Livio Menelau.
Very interesting to look at today’s result in relation to the Molokai 2 Oahu race coming up in two weeks (and which we’ll have live coverage of). Today’s Maui 2 Molokai could be a bit of a form guide for the big one: All five of the top guys from today will be back in action on the 27th. → READ MORE
The Brazilian-turned-Maui-local flew to California last week to attend the Billabong XXL Awards (the Oscars of big wave surfing), where she was nominated for surfing some ridiculously large waves during the Hawaiian winter.
Despite the festivities, Andrea got up super early the next morning and jumped straight on the plane back to Hawaii. After landing on Maui just before lunch, Andrea went straight from the airport to Maliko Gulch for the start of the Paddle Imua race at 1pm. One hour and 23 minutes later, Andrea was crossing the line to claim yet another victory. → READ MORE
Connor Baxter and Andrea Moller have reasserted their dominance of the Hawaiian downwind scene, taking out the 2014 OluKai Ho’olaule’a in surprisingly good conditions on Maui today. Despite Facebook being flooded with messages such as “Hey does anyone have a flat water board I can borrow?!” over the past 48 hours, the wind along the famous Maliko downwind run turned on just in time for the start of the race.
Connor showed once again that he’s the King of Maliko, finishing in a very solid time of 51 minutes, over two minutes clear of the only guy who got within shouting distance of him, Aussie Travis Grant. Maliko stalwart Jeremy Riggs put in a good effort to take home third, while Kody Kerbox came home in 4th ahead of Danny Ching and Livio Menelau.
With close to 300 paddlers on the line, including several of the biggest names in the sport, the event itself has shown it’s one of the world’s premiere races. → READ MORE
Maui’s Paddle Imua race kicked off the 2014 downwind season on Saturday, with locals Connor Baxter and Andrea Moller showing their class in less-than-ideal conditions. With light winds turning the race along the famous Maliko run from a downwinder into a bit of a grind, the 150+ paddlers (including 97 on stand ups) had to dig deep to find the bumps.
And finding them better than anyone was Connor Baxter. In a further sign that he’s not human, Connor beat the entire field on a 12’6. That’s five feet shorter than most of his rivals. Granted the light winds blunted much of the advantage of the unlimited boards, but even Kody Kerbox on a 14 footer could only get within a minute of Connor.
The win puts Connor in great form ahead of next week’s massive OluKai race and shows that his shocker of a result in Carolina was an anomaly. → READ MORE
It seems like 2013 has been the Year of Debate in the Stand Up Paddling world. From drafting to board classes to prize money to world championships and pretty much every little topic in between, informal talks, public discussion and downright heated arguments have become the norm.
SUP racing is at a crossroads; it’s gone from a small, novelty, niche sport into something bordering on the mainstream, with close to a thousand races around the world each year and a new breed of paddlers enjoying full-time careers on the water. And it’s this explosive growth that is fueling the debate, as different organisations and differing opinions jockey for control and attention, with influence on the future of the sport a reward.
So far we’ve heard a lot of talk and some serious action, but it’s mainly come from the male athletes. That changed recently however, with the Gorge Paddle Challenge in Oregon attracting one of the strongest fields of female paddlers we’ve seen outside the BOP, and one of the leading, Candice Appleby, using the chance to roundup the top female talent for a serious debate. → READ MORE
The race was held on the famous Hawaii Kai downwind run, which goes from Hawaii Kai back to Waikiki. This is the same course that was used for the Battle of the Paddle Distance Race in 2010 & 2011, as well as for the Waikiki Paddle Festival last year. → READ MORE
Kody Kerbox and Fiona Wylde have taken out the 2013 Naish Columbia Gorge Paddle Challenge in Hood River, Oregon ahead of a stacked local and international field. Kody beat some big names in Georges Cronsteadt and Slater Trout, while local surprise packet Fiona Wylde put in a commanding overall performance to knock off the likes of Andrea Moller, Candice Appleby and Jenny Kalmbach.
Click through for the full results… → READ MORE
All hail the new King and Queen of the Ocean: Travis Grant and Terrene Black both caused dramatic upsets at the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships today, beating home local favourites in one of the most exciting SUP races we’ve ever seen and claiming Australia’s first ever M2O Stand Up Paddleboard World Titles in the process.
The pair led an Aussie clean sweep of the event, with Brad Gaul and Jordan Mercer winning the men’s and women’s Prone Paddleboard World Titles respectively. What a race… what a performance by the Aussies… Click through for full race results plus a recap and photos of the action. → READ MORE
The 8th Annual Maui Paddle Championships are happening right now in Hawaii. This is one of the races of the year, with an all-star local cast being joined by many of the world’s best paddlers for a race along the famous Maliko downwind run.
Results are in and it’s again Connor Baxter taking the win, while Andrea Moller surprised nobody by claiming the women’s. Click through for the full results… → READ MORE
Dave Kalama was 2nd in the men’s race with Kai Lenny in third, while Talia Gangini was the next best female paddler. Click through for the FULL RESULTS… → READ MORE
The 2013 Paddle Imua SUP Race went down on Maui yesterday, with very close to 100 Stand Up Paddlers hitting the world famous Maliko downwind course. In the end it was Livio Menelau who took line honours just over a minute ahead of Jeremy Riggs, while Andrea Moller dominated the women’s race to the surprise of nobody.
Super grom Travis Baptiste put in a lightning quick time to claim the 14′ class and take third overall, with Aussie Ironwoman Queen Karla Gilbert another strong performer, taking out the women’s 14′ class and crossing the line 2nd overall behind Andrea. → READ MORE
Some amazing aerial footage and awesome downwind conditions… who else wants to go for a paddle right now? → READ MORE
Connor Baxter has won the 2012 Molokai-2-Oahu SUP race in a record time of 4hrs 13mins, defending his 2011 victory and shaving almost a quarter of an hour off his own race record. → READ MORE
Young gun Kai Lenny took out the overall victory just seconds ahead of the man himself, Dave Kalama, while Andrea Moller won the women’s race. Click through for full results, pics and video… → READ MORE
Connor Baxter was first over the line after somehow maintaining an avg speed of 9.1mph for almost three hours… → READ MORE
The Triple Crown of SUP race series continued on the weekend, with Connor Baxter taking out Race #2 @ Kihei on Maui’s south side. Second over the line was Bart de Zwart with Kai Lenny in third. Meanwhile in the women’s Andrea Moller was once again unstoppable. Click through for full results and photos… → READ MORE
Full results are in from Race #1 of the 2012 Triple Crown of SUP, where local charger Livio Menelau has taken out the victory ahead of Australia’s Dave Kissane. No surprises in the women’s race, with Andrea Moller notching up yet another downwind victory.
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CONNOR BAXTER & ANDREA MOLLER WIN OLUKAI
Connor Baxter 1st,Travis Grant 2nd, Danny Ching 3rd, Dave Kalama 4th, Jamie Mitchell 5th. Andrea Moller wins the women’s race ahead of Maui’s Talia Gangini.
Click through for full race results, pics and post-race interviews… → READ MORE
The series was dominated by Andrea Moller on the women’s side, who won all three races. Connor Baxter was equally as dominant on the men’s side, making a clean sweep of the series with his three victories.
Livio Menelau also had strong, conssistent results and picked up 2nd overall. While Dave Kalama pushed Connor Baxter all the way during the 3 hour, 27 mile World Cup.
Click through for full results of all three races plus the final overall standings. → READ MORE