“The Sea Was Angry That Day My Friends” (Or: More Rad Pics From The Maui Paddleboard Race)

Maui Paddleboard Race Maliko Run DownwinderThe 2014 Maui Paddleboard Race (aka Victory At Sea) produced one of the gnarliest downwind races ever.

Last week’s event also spawned one of the greatest SUP racing photo albums I’ve ever seen.

The crew from 808photo.me were out in the water capturing the carnage and chaos. And what chaos it was. We saw the first round of photos last week, but then last night the 808 guys uploaded a stack of new pics, including one particularly epic wipeout sequence…   → 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

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

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

[VIDEO] The Maui Paddle Champs With Kody Kerbox

Kody Kerbox Stand Up Paddle videoCool little edit from last week’s Maui Paddle Champs via Kody Kerbox. The Maui local and Naish young gun claimed victory in the battle of the 14 footers with an impressive performance, dominating his board class and beating out most of the unlimited boards in the process.

The Maui race was a big event, with 150+ stand up paddlers hitting the famous Maliko run, though it was a mere warm up for the elite guys and girls… The big one, Molokai, is coming up this weekend and looks set to be the most competitive Channel crossing ever.   → READ MORE

Connor Baxter’s Recap Of The Maui Paddle Champs

Maui Paddle ChampionshipsBoss Man’s note: Connor Baxter continued his dominant form on the weekend, claiming the big Maui Paddle Champs from a field of over 150 paddlers. The win caps off a solid downwind month for the young gun, after victories at the 4th of July and Maui-Molokai races as well. The big one is this weekend though: Molokai-2-Oahu, where Connor will be aiming for a three-peat… We’ll bring you all the action from M2O as it happens, but in the meantime click through to read Connor’s recap from the race down the famous Maliko downwind run.   → READ MORE

Saffas On Maui: Peter Petersen’s Maliko Recap

Team Saffa @ the Maui Paddle ChampsBoss Man’s note: Team Saffa have been camped out on Maui the past few weeks for “Downwind Month” where they’ve been enjoying endless glides and plenty of racing. Last weekend it was the Maui Paddle Champs, and our South Africa go-to man Peter Petersen was determined to put in a solid effort…

Goal #1: Beat his buddy’s race time from last year; Goal #2: Not be beaten by a chick; Goal #3: Be the fastest Saffa in the race. Click through to see how our fearless correspondent fared…   → READ MORE

[PHOTOS] Maui Paddle Champs

Maui Paddle Championships PHOTOSHere are some cool pics of the big Maui Paddle Champs that were held on the world famous Maliko downwind run this past weekend. To the surprise of absolutely nobody the race was won by Connor Baxter and Andrea Moller, though there were another 150 stand up paddlers out in the water and that made for some very cool shots.

Click through to see a few of the best.   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Connor Baxter, Andrea Moller Win The Maui Paddle Championships

Maui Paddle ChampionshipsThe 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

Only 72 Hours Until The 8th Annual Maui Paddle Champs

Maui Paddleboard ChampionshipsWe’re just three days out from seeing the next chapter in one of the longest running races in the sport, the Maui Paddle Championships. 2013 marks the 8th edition of this event, which started in 2006 as a way of providing Maui’s paddleboarders with an international-level event in their own waters.

The Maui Paddle Champs (formerly known as the “Naish Race”) take place on the island’s world famous Maliko downwind run and the event has traditionally acted as a warm-up for Molokai-2-Oahu, which takes place seven days later. Jamie Mitchell won this race countless times while Connor Baxter and Dave Kalama have dominated the SUP division in recent years. But who’s going to take out 2013?   → READ MORE

99 Days And Counting: 8th Annual Maui Paddle Championships Set To Be Biggest Yet

2013 Maui Paddle Championships - MalikoMaliko fans, it’s time to start getting excited: There are now less than 100 days until the Maui Paddle Championships, one of the biggest and best-loved downwind races in the world.

The event, formerly known as the Naish Maui Paddleboard Championships (or just the “Naish Race”) is now in its 8th year and looks set to be bigger and better than ever. Held on the world famous “Maliko run” course, from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbour on Maui’s North side, this nine-mile downwind race attracts hundreds of stand up and prone paddleboarders from around the world. CLICK THROUGH for all the info…   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] Naish Paddle Championships (UPDATED)

The 7th annual Naish Paddle Championships were held today on Maui, with plenty of the world’s best SUP racers tackling the famous Maliko Downwind Run.

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

Naish Paddleboard Championships (Maui)

The 7th annual Naish Paddle Championships are taking place this weekend on Maui. The 9.5 mile race course follows the classic Maliko Run, which stretches from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor.

This is the traditional lead-up event to the Molokai-2-Oahu World Paddle Championships (happening next weekend), meaning a whole bunch of the world’s biggest and best Stand Up Paddle racers are in town and ready to race.   → READ MORE

[RESULTS] 2011 Naish Maui Int’l Paddleboard Champs

Held July 24, 2011 at the famous Maliko run (Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor).

The 9 mile downwinder drew a strong international field, who were in town for the Molokai2Oahu race the next weekend.

Dave Kalama beat home Livio Menelau in the Unlimited class, while Jeremy Riggs took out the 14′ division and Connor Baxter put in a massive performance to win the 12’6″ class (with the 5th fastest overall time). Full results…   → READ MORE