The 2020 edition of the world’s most prestigious race, the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships (or just “Molokai” as it’s affectionately known) has officially been cancelled due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
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.
James Casey has conquered the Ka’iwi Channel to claim the 2019 Molokai-2-Oahu title after an epic battle with fellow Aussie Michael Booth.
“Jimmy” completed the 32 mile (52km) channel crossing from the Hawaiian islands of Molokai to Oahu in 4:03:20, five minutes ahead of Boothy and only a few minutes outside the course record.
The two favourites were locked in a see-sawing arm-wrestle for more than half the race, paddling stroke-for-stroke virtually side-by-side in the open ocean until the Sunova team rider was able to take control in the closing stages. Both paddlers began cramping but refused to give in, fighting all the way to Oahu in one of the best Molokai races we’ve ever seen. → READ MORE
Defending champion and four-time winner Travis Grant has withdrawn from this year’s Molokai-2-Oahu race through injury, throwing the door wide open for what is surely the most prestigious title in our sport.
Travis, the 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018 Molokai champ and many tipsters’ favourite to claim a record fifth crown next week, injured his ribs while steering a six-man outrigger canoe in the 4th of July race at Waikiki. The ever-humble Aussie gave himself time to recover but the injury wasn’t improving, telling me on Messenger this afternoon that “I can barely even paddle right now, let alone race a distance like that.” → READ MORE
Travis Grant has outlasted Hawaii’s Connor Baxter to defend his Molokai-2-Oahu title and claim a fourth crown in the world’s most prestigious paddleboard race, while fellow Aussie Terrene Black has saluted for the second time after overpowering three-time champ Sonni Honscheid in a fantastic battle across the infamous ‘Channel of Bones’. → READ MORE
And just like that, it’s the end of July. Where has this season gone? It seems like only yesterday we were freezing in the French Alps and getting ready to launch The Paddle League. Now it’s the end of July, the season is well over half done, and it’s suddenly time for the big one: Molokai.
The 32-mile, open-ocean channel crossing between the Hawaiian islands of Molokai and Oahu has grown to become the most prestigious (and arguably: most challenging) race in the sport of paddleboarding, whether that be standing up or laying down. And this year is set to be a cracker, with a stacked field and promising conditions lining up to create a monumental showdown for this six-star specialty event.
Race day is Sunday, but in the meantime, here’s a quick look at the top contenders for this year’s Molokai crown. → READ MORE
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How do you design a winning race board? Who’s going to win Molokai this year? And which one is better: Australian or French wine? 🤔
These are the big questions we asked Alain Teurquetil, the head designer of NSP and the man behind Titouan’s winning Carolina board and Travis’ magic Molokai design, for this week’s episode of the PADDLE VLOG.
Here’s another great vid from stand up paddling’s resident vlogger, Mike Jucker from Stand Up Magazin, who takes us behind-the-scenes at the most prestigious race of the year: the epic channel crossing from Molokai to Oahu.
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Australia’s Travis Grant has claimed his third Molokai-2-Oahu championship title after overpowering world number one Connor Baxter in an epic duel across the infamous Ka’iwi Channel today, setting a new race record of 3:59:52 and cementing his status as a true legend of the sport after becoming the first paddler to ever break the mythical 4-hour mark.
After an almighty, see-sawing battle that lasted almost the entire 32 miles from Molokai to Oahu, Travis pulled away in the final kilometre to claim a victory that will become an instant classic in the history pages of our sport. → READ MORE