The Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships. Spanning 32 grueling miles across the Ka’iwi Channel (aka the Channel of Bones) between the Hawaiian islands of Molokai and Oahu, M2O is one of the most prestigious (and oldest) stand up paddle races in the world.

Kai Lenny Foils His Way to a New Molokai-Oahu Channel Crossing Record (Updated with Insights from Kai)

Kai-Lenny-hydrofoil-stand-up-paddleboardingSUP superstar and pioneering ocean athlete Kai Lenny has chalked up yet another landmark achievement, smashing his own Molokai to Oahu record in a solo attempt that saw him complete the iconic channel crossing on a SUP in less than three and a half hours.

Kai set the official record during last year’s Molokai-2-Oahu race, claiming the elusive and highly prestigious title after outlasting defending champ Travis Grant in a 4 hour 7 minute battle. But in an out-of-competition foilboard crossing last week, Kai absolutely smashed that mark by 41 minutes to set a new best time of 3 hours 26 minutes. And according to the young man himself, that mark could easily be beaten.   → READ MORE

World Rankings: Here Are SUP Racer’s Star Ratings for Season 2017 (aka the Biggest Races in the World This Year)

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Two weeks ago, I sent out a survey to each of the world’s top-ranked paddlers asking which events they’d be competing in this year. The goal was to paint a picture of the biggest races in the world, which I think is not only an interesting insight for everyone in the sport to analyse, it also helps me to set clear ‘star ratings’ that will produce an ever more accurate World Rankings leaderboard.

Here are the results…   → READ MORE

The Story Continues: Countdown to Molokai 2017 Begins Now

Molokai-2-Oahu-paddleboarding-videoThe countdown to one of the biggest, toughest, grandest and most prestigious events in the world of paddleboarding has officially begun, with entries for the 2017 Molokai-2-Oahu race opening this morning as the world awaits a new chapter to this storied event.

We’ve seen some epic battles at Molokai over the years, especially in the men’s solo division where Kai Lenny, Travis Grant and Connor Baxter have traded wins over the past three editions, and come Sunday July 30th we can expect another titanic tussle.    → READ MORE

Vote for Travis Grant in the World Paddle Awards

Travis Grant unlimited stand up paddleboardTravis Grant is up for a gong at the 2016/2017 World Paddle Awards, and now you can vote and help give this humble Aussie champion some of the recognition he deserves in the wider paddling world.

Trav, who now calls Oahu home, has certainly stamped his name in the history books after winning races all round the world over the past few years. But nowhere has he stamped it stronger than in his adopted home of Hawaii, in particular around the almighty Molokai 2 Oahu race.   → READ MORE

Molokai: Mike Jucker’s Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Most Prestigious Race of the Year

2016 Molokai 2 Oahu paddle board race videoGo behind the scenes of the fabled Molokai 2 Oahu race with this excellent (and highly entertaining) video diary from Mike Jucker. The clip is filled not only with plenty of action from the middle of the Ka’iwi Channel, but also some very candid athlete interviews that make this by far the most comprehensive recap of M2O 2016.

Click through to watch…   → READ MORE

#M2O: Post-Molokai Reflections (and Photos) from 38 of the World’s Best Paddlers

Molokai 2 Oahu Kai Lenny Travis GrantThe boards are back on the rack, the boats are back in the harbour and the trophies are up on the mantelpiece. Molokai-2-Oahu is done for another season, however the memories from this year’s epic will live on forever. The most prestigious race in the world certainly lived up to its hype this year, with the 20th annual crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel proving to be the fastest, most competitive and most exciting edition yet.

I could wax lyrical about this storied event, however nobody says it better than the paddlers themselves, the ones who were actually out there battling in the Channel of Bones for pride and glory. So to give you a better insight into what M2O really means, here’s a selection of post-Molokai reflections from the world’s best paddlers…   → READ MORE

Post-Molokai World Rankings

Kai Lenny Molokai to Oahu

After the epic crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel from Molokai to Oahu yesterday, we’ve updated the leaderboards on the SUP Racer World Rankings with the latest results.

The most significant moves come from the M2O champions, with Kai Lenny jumping +3 to world number four, while Sonni Hönscheid becomes the new world number two after her third-straight Molokai-2-Oahu title.

Other big movers include Jimmy Casey, who cracks the world’s top 10 for the first time following a supremely impressive fourth place finish (where he was less than a minute behind three-time Molokai winner Connor Baxter). Jimmy’s compatriot and fellow top five giant killer, Toby Cracknell, is +10 this week and becomes the highest-ranked paddler with less than the minimum five best results, meaning he could easily crack the top 20 with one more decent result.

Kai Lenny WINS Molokai-2-Oahu, Outlasts Travis Grant to Set New Course Record; Sonni Hönscheid Overpowers Annabel Anderson to Claim Third Straight Title

Molokai 2 Oahu 2016 results

Kai Lenny has achieved one of his biggest goals in life, claiming the prestigious Molokai 2 Oahu title after outlasting defending champ Travis Grant in a four hour epic, setting a new course record and further cementing his reputation as one of the all-time greats.

After a see-sawing battle across the Channel of Bones, Kai triumphantly crossed the line in a time of 4:07:41, half a minute ahead of Connor Baxter’s 2014 benchmark. The downwind bumps were solid but not exactly all-time, however favourable currents, a hungry lineup of elite talent and the superstar on a yellow board helped make this a record-breaking year.   → READ MORE

#M2O: Pre-Molokai Musings from 43 of the World’s Best Paddlers

Terrene Black SUP Molokai 2 OahuIn just a few hours’ time, many of the world’s best paddlers will gather on the western shores of Molokai for the start of the 20th annual channel crossing over to Oahu.

On the eve of the race, many of the competitors took to Instagram to share some final thoughts. Some offered deep, personal reflections about what this journey means to them, while others simply expressed how stoked they are to be part of this great race.    → READ MORE

Molokai “Preview & Predictions” — Who’s Going to Win the Most Prestigious Race of the Year?

Molokai 2 Oahu paddleboard race
We’re just over 24 hours away from the most prestigious race of the season, and what a race it’s shaping up to be. The 20th annual crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel between Molokai to Oahu is already destined for the history books, but a record level of talent and a few last-minute twists should ensure we’ll be talking about this one for many years to come.

The Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, aka M2O or just simply Molokai, has become the ultimate event of the international stand up paddle racing season. The race has taken on an almost mythical status over the years, and it’s surely one of the toughest trophies in the sport to get your hands on. Becoming a Molokai champion makes you an instant hero, while many paddling legends have built their reputations by conquering this epic, dangerous, thirty-two mile stretch of open ocean between these two imposing Hawaiian islands.   → READ MORE

This Official Molokai-2-Oahu Teaser Will Give You Goose Bumps

2016 Molokai 2 Oahu paddleboard race videoIn case you’ve been living under a rock, on Mars, with your fingers in your ear, you’d know that next weekend marks one of the biggest races on the international calendar: The Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the 2016 race from Molokai to Oahu is set to be one of the best yet, with an all-star field battling for pride, glory and the chance to etch their names in the history books. But just in case you weren’t already excited enough about the big dance, which is just five days away, this official promo clip should do the trick…   → READ MORE

Travis Grant Creates History, Becomes First Paddler to Win The “Molokai Double” (SUP + OC)

Travis Grant Molokai Solo OC1Travis Grant created history on Saturday, winning the Molokai to Oahu Solo OC1 race to match his victory in the M2O SUP race last July and become the first ever paddler to claim both titles. It’s the Molokai Double.

It’s also a fitting reward for a paddler whose skill and talent is matched only by his hard work and humility — very few paddlers are as respected as Travis, and as the flood of post-race congratulations messages on Facebook show, this is a very popular victory within the paddling community. But nobody is happier than the man himself; He commented after the race that winning the Molokai Solo title is “a life long dream come true.”   → READ MORE

Travis Grant: ‘That’s Not a Board, THIS Is a Board!’ (aka the Fun of the Unlimited)

Travis Grant unlimited stand up paddleboardI’ve always loved paddling unlimited boards. There’s a special feeling you get from gliding through the ocean on a 17 or 18 foot board that just can’t be matched on a 12’6 or 14. Unlimiteds are slightly challenging at first but I reckon that’s half the fun. Once you get the hang of it you never want to paddle anything else!

Unlimited race boards are pretty common over here in Hawaii but almost non-existent everywhere else. When it comes to unlimiteds: Not many brands make them, not many paddlers ride them, and not many events focus on them. Maybe it’s time to change that. Why not?!   → READ MORE

2016 Molokai 2 Oahu Start List Revealed, Set to Be Most Competitive Channel Crossing Ever

Molokai to Oahu paddle raceThe start list for the 2016 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships has just been revealed, with the men’s solo stand up paddle division attracting the most competitive field in the event’s 20 year history.

Top ranked athletes including three-time champ and world number one Connor Baxter, two-time champ and world number two Travis Grant, number three Danny Ching, and number four Kai Lenny will be racing across the Ka’iwi Channel (aka the “Channel of Bones”) on Sunday, July 31st.   → READ MORE

Dates Confirmed for 2016 Molokai 2 Oahu Race, Paddleboarding’s “Pilgrimage to Mecca”

Molokai to Oahu Pule Hawaiian prayer circleThe season is winding down and the SUP world has already begun looking towards 2016, so we’re currently in the middle of rounding up dates for all of next year’s main events. And no date is bigger, or rather, no date is more prestigious than that of the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships.

The M2O has taken on mythical proportions in recent years. The 32 mile crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel, aka the Channel of Bones, has become one of the pillars of the international racing season, while the winners become instant legends within the community.   → READ MORE

WATCH: Inside Molokai With Team Kerbox

Molokai 2 Oahu stand up paddle race videoWatch this great Molokai 2 Oahu recap from Kody Kerbox and his dad Buzzy, aka Team Kerbox.

Some really cool water angles in there, along with running commentary that gives us some insights into what was an extremely tough channel crossing this year.   → READ MORE

Mid-Year World Rankings: Travis Grant Is Number One (And There’s A Flaw In The System)

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And just like that, it’s August. This year has flown by. Seems like only yesterday we were getting excited about the first major race of the year, the Carolina Cup. That was four months ago.

We’re now halfway through the international stand up paddling “season,” which loosely runs from April to October (with a couple of outposts in December). Carolina, OluKai, the Worlds, the Euro Tour, Payette and Molokai have already been run and won, while we’ve still got the Gorge Paddle Challenge, Pacific Paddle Games and a few World Series races to look forward to.

So because we’re halfway through the year, I thought it’d be a good time to analyse the best paddlers of 2015 so far.   → READ MORE