SIC Downwind Month

Hawaii in July is Downwind Month. It’s when the wind starts blowing, the bumps start rolling and the paddleboarding world descends on the Hawaiian islands to chase endless glides and elite competition in an absolute paradise. From Maui to Molokai to Oahu, four weekends of big downwind races and one whole month to enjoy the fun and freedom of the open ocean.

Well now thanks to SIC we’re going to deliver all the downwind goodness you can handle over the next four weeks. From Maui to Molokai to Oahu, this is Downwind Month.

Countdown To Molokai

Molokai 2 Oahu Stand Up PaddleIn case you hadn’t heard, there’s a little race happening in Hawaii this weekend…

The uber-prestigious Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships are just a few days away and in case you weren’t already excited enough, here’s a cool little teaser clip to get you in the mood…   → READ MORE

WATCH: The “Victory At Sea” Race

Maui Paddleboard Race Victory At Sea videoLast Sunday’s Maui Paddleboard Race was an instant classic. Courtesy of a gnarly storm that ripped through the north shore of Maui Saturday night, Maliko Gulch was almost unrecognisable on Sunday morning. The race was very nearly called off but fortunately it wasn’t, because for the 100 brave souls that ventured out there were some epic memories on offer.

The race quite literally became Victory At Sea. I’m sure you’ve already seen the pics but now here’s the video of it all. Thanks to Buzzy Kerbox, who was on the ski following his son Kody, we get an inside look at the race…   → READ MORE

Kaeo Abbey, Sonni Hönscheid Win The Maui Paddleboard Race (aka Victory At Sea)

Maui Stand Up Paddleboard raceSIC Downwind Month glides on. While everybody has their eyes on next weekend’s headline act, Molokai 2 Oahu (which we’ll be covering live), today it was the traditional M2O warm-up event, the Maui Paddleboard Race.

This race is the classic Maliko Downwind Run that paddlers know and love, but after a week of great conditions the ocean didn’t exactly play along today. Downwind Month quite literally became Victory At Sea.   → READ MORE

CB10: Is Connor Baxter Creating The Next Decade Of Dominance With Maui 2 Molokai?

Maui 2 Molokai 2010CB10. Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it as JM10, not yet anyway, but in a few years it may become a very popular term.

With his victory over Kai, Dave, Travis and Livio on the weekend, Connor Baxter has now won five straight Maui 2 Molokai titles. The event started in 2010 and Connor has won every single race. He owns this event. And if he can keep that domination going for another five years, he’ll equal Jamie Mitchell’s seemingly-untouchable 10x Molokai 2 Oahu paddleboard titles (aka the Decade of Dominance).   → READ MORE

Downwind Month Glides On This Weekend With The Maui Paddleboard Race (But Who’s Gonna Win?)

Maui Paddle Championships (4)SIC Downwind Month keeps gliding along this weekend with another big race on Maui. The Maui Paddleboard Race, a slightly new spin on an historic event, is set to be one of the biggest (and probably the funnest) events of Downwind Month.

The 2014 Maui Paddleboard Race is actually a reincarnation of the original “Maui Paddle Championships” that ran from 2006 to 2013. It’s essentially the same event but with new organisers and a slightly new name. As far as the paddlers are concerned this is the same race. It’s on the same weekend it’s always been – the Sunday before Molokai 2 Oahu – and it’ll be held on the exact same course: The world famous Maliko Run. But the thing we all wanna know is: Who’s going to win this year?   → READ MORE

WATCH Livio Menelau Surf Maui’s Endless Bumps

Livio Menelau Maliko gulch downwinder MauiSIC Downwind Month: It’s when the paddling world heads to Hawaii in search of big bumps and endless glides.

Well after yesterday’s Maui 2 Molokai epic got us all fired up, here’s another cool clip for you to enjoy. This features one of the fastest downwind paddlers on the planet: Brazo-turned-Maui-boy (and SIC team rider) Livio Menelau.

Livio took 5th place in last weekend’s big crossing from Maui to Molokai, behind only the four superstars Connor, Kai, Dave and Travis. This was actually the 5th year in a row that Livio has finished top five at the M2M race. To say this guy is talented would be a mild understatement…   → READ MORE

This Aerial Video From Maui 2 Molokai Is Quite Literally Epic

Maui to Molokai M2M SUP race videoWe’re right smack bang in the middle of the grand spectacular that is SIC’s Downwind Month, when the world descends on the Hawaiian Islands to chase big bumps and endless glides.

Downwind Month is about having fun in the open ocean no matter how fast you go, though it does happen to feature a string of big, elite races as well. In a week and a half it’s the grand daddy: Molokai 2 Oahu, which we’ll be covering LIVE on July 27th. However last weekend saw another big channel crossing: Maui 2 Molokai, where Connor Baxter defeated the likes of Kai Lenny, Dave Kalama and Travis Grant to claim his 6th straight M2M crown.

And thanks to EPIC Aerial Productions, we can now enjoy the race from above…   → READ MORE

Connor Baxter Wins Maui 2 Molokai Ahead Of Kai Lenny, Dave Kalama And Travis Grant; Devin Blish Fastest Of The Women

Maui 2 Molokai Stand Up PaddleDownwind 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

“World’s Funnest Downwinder” Set For Tomorrow As SIC’s Downwind Month Glides On

Maui 2 Molokai SUP RaceMaui 2 Molokai. It sounds a lot like Molokai 2 Oahu. And it is. Many miles of paddling across an open ocean channel from one Hawaiian island to another. Only difference is: Maui 2 Molokai is actually fun.

Known as the little brother of M2O, the M2M doesn’t have the same level of prestige but certainly trumps it’s older sibling when it comes to conditions. While Molokai 2 Oahu is usually a grinding affair, the Maui 2 Molokai race almost always scores an epic downwind run.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Downwind Fun On Maui With Jeremy Riggs And Co.

maui downwind videoMaui. The ultimate downwind playground. Endless bumps blowing like clockwork along a picture perfect coastline and ridden each day by the world’s foremost downwind masters.

Well now that it’s officially Downwind Month, it’s a good time to have a closer look at this unique part of the paddling world. We don’t want to only cover the big races with SIC Downwind Month, we also wanna take a look at what makes downwinding so much fun. And nothing highlights that fun better than these clips from Maui local, SIC team rider and all around good guy Jeremy Riggs.   → READ MORE

Mo Freitas Takes Out The Da Hui Race As Downwind Month Starts Rolling

Da Hui RaceOne of the biggest and longest-running paddleboard races in the world was held in Hawaii today: The 36th Annual Da Hui Race on Oahu’s North Shore. The event is also the first race of SIC Downwind Month and from all reports the wind was blowing and the bumps were rolling today.

Da Hui’s “Independence Day Race” is held each year on the 4th of July and always attracts hundreds of paddlers but this year was surely a record: 338 stand up paddlers and over 600 in total (across the SUP, prone and outrigger divisions).

Click through for pics and full results from all the action on the North Shore today…   → READ MORE

SIC Downwind Month: Epic Bumps, Endless Glides And Four Big Weeks Of Racing In Paradise

SIC Downwind Month
Hawaii in July is Downwind Month. It’s when the wind starts blowing, the bumps start rolling and the paddleboarding world descends on the Hawaiian islands to chase endless glides and elite competition in an absolute paradise. From Maui to Molokai to Oahu, four weekends of big downwind races and one whole month to enjoy the fun and freedom of the open ocean.

The action starts tomorrow with the Da Hui Race on Oahu, before heading to Maui for two massive races back to back: Maui to Molokai and the Maui Paddleboard Race. After that it’s the big one. The main event. The grand finale of Downwind Month. Perhaps the most prestigious race in the world: The Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championship on July 27th.

And now thanks to SIC we’re going to focus on the Hawaiian downwind season all month long, including LIVE COVERAGE of Molokai 2 Oahu.   → READ MORE

WATCH: A Very Unique, Insider’s View Of The OluKai Race

OluKai SUP race videoWe were sent this great clip this morning by Buzzy Kerbox, who had an insider’s view of last weekend’s OluKai Ho’oluale’a and used it to produce a really cool race video. Buzzy was on his jetski during the entire race, filming from inside the pack of 300+ paddlers as they made their way along the world famous Maliko downwind run, in what is one of the biggest SUP races of the year.

The video gives not only some really cool close-up shots of the action but also some very interesting commentary and insights…   → READ MORE

48 Hours With Andrea Moller: Watch The Downwind Queen Go Straight From The Plane To The Podium

Andrea Moller surfing jawsAndrea Moller is a machine. There’s no other way to describe some of her performances, especially the 48 hours of May 2nd and 3rd…

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

RESULTS: Andrea Moller, Connor Baxter Win Olukai (Again…), Travis Grant, Sonni Honscheid 2nd

Olukai race 2014 MauiConnor 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

RESULTS: Connor Baxter, Andrea Moller Win Paddle Imua As The Downwind Season Gets Moving

Paddle imuaMaui’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

Introducing SIC Downwind Month (Because Nothing Beats Riding Those Bumps…)

Downwind Month
I’m stoked to announce we’ve partnered with the crew at SIC to highlight one of the biggest, best and funnest parts of the SUP racing season: Downwind Month.

When it comes to paddling, I’m convinced there’s nothing better than riding bumps and catching endless glides out in the ocean. It’s surely the pinnacle of not only SUP racing but stand up paddling in general. Watching those masters of the ocean navigate their giant boards along epic stretches of the Hawaiian coastline is almost hypnotic. Paddling, surfing, gliding and just generally having a whole lotta fun. Downwinding is epic.   → READ MORE