The Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships. One of the most prestigious events in the world. For 32 grueling miles across the Ka’iwi Channel (aka the Channel of Bones) between the Hawaiian islands of Molokai and Oahu, paddlers from around the world fight for glory and pride.
The 2014 M2O race is just a few days away and SUPracer.com will have complete live coverage of the race, so stay tuned on Sunday 27th July for one of the biggest days on the SUP calendar…
Travis Grant and Sonni Hönscheid have just won the most prestigious race of the year: The Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships in Hawaii. Travis claims his second title in three years to stamp himself as one of the greatest paddlers in the sport, while Sonni Honscheid deserves she belongs up there with the best after going back-to-back.
With some of the slowest and most grueling conditions in recent memory (there was virtually no wind at all), Travis outlasted Kai Lenny and Lincoln Dews for the men’s solo unlimited crown, while Sonni held off an impressive Annabel Anderson, who took second place over the line despite paddling a stock 14 footer. → READ MORE
The countdown to Molokai is almost complete. In less than 48 hours, 200 odd paddlers will be standing on the beach on Molokai staring out into a big wide ocean. They’ll be squinting their eyes trying to make out the silhouette of Oahu in the distance. On a clear day you can just see it.
Between them and the finish line is the biggest challenge in the world of paddleboarding: The 32 mile Ka’iwi Channel, aka the Channel of Bones. → READ MORE
The countdown to Molokai continues.
In less than three days, several of the world’s best paddlers will tackle what is arguably the single most prestigious challenge in our sport: The 32 mile crossing from Molokai 2 Oahu. → READ MORE
The most prestigious race of the year, Molokai 2 Oahu, is only six days away. We’ll be previewing the big race all week, including a look at the contenders for the men’s and women’s crown. We’ll also have live coverage and mid-channel updates from the lead boats on race day.
But to warm up for Molokai Week, here’s a throwback to last year’s race. Bluesmiths produced this great feature on Jimmy Spithill, who competed in the 2014 Molokai solo. → READ MORE
And so Downwind Month continues. At the same time Connor Baxter was winning his sixth straight Maui 2 Molokai race on Saturday, one of his key rivals in ocean racing, Travis Grant, was dominating the Cline Mann Memorial Paddleboard Race over on Oahu.
Perhaps it was symbolic that Connor crossed the line first on Molokai while Travis won on Oahu, as these guys are the two favourites for next weekend’s Molokai 2 Oahu showdown. Connor has won three of the past four M2O showdowns, while Travis is the 2013 champion and went very close to beating Connor twelve months ago. → READ MORE
Connor Baxter has just won the Maui 2 Molokai race in Hawaii, further extending the longest winning streak in the history of men’s SUP racing. This was Connor’s sixth straight Maui 2 Molokai crown, dating back to the inaugural event in 2010.
With conditions on the famous downwind run milder than usual over the final five miles, Connor won in a time of 3 hours 13 minutes, nine minutes slower than his 2014 victory. Dark horse Australian Matt Nottage, a definite name to watch in the future, was runner-up while Brazil’s international star Vinnicius Martins took a very strong third place. → READ MORE
Since last week’s announcement that the Battle of the Paddle has been cancelled, at least for 2015 and perhaps indefinitely, the stand up paddling world has been asking one question: What’s going to fill the massive hole left by the Super Bowl of SUP?
The answer is sitting right in front of us… → READ MORE
Today saw the release of the 2015 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships official start list. And it’s looking mighty stacked.
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
While a lottery will probably annoy those who are always early with their entries, you can’t say it’s not fair. And when space sold out in just a few hours last year, something had to be done differently this time round.
In addition to the lottery, there will be “qualified” athletes that get a walk-up spot in the Ka’iwi Channel. Those include all previous M2O winners as well as top finishers in the 2014 race. There has always been something similar in place, with past champions afforded the respect of having a spot reserved for them no matter if the registration is full or not. → READ MORE
I asked the question last week: “What do we call the biggest races in stand up paddling?” The Majors? The Grand Slams? The Classics?
In a sport as fragmented and disorganised as SUP racing, I think it would be great to recognise and celebrate the big, standalone events that support and develop both the community and industry. To help promote them with a collective theme that highlights their significant contribution to the sport.
I say we call them the Majors, and these are the races that I think qualify. The five biggest races in the world this year are… → READ MORE
There were a lot of SUP races this year. We had over 400 listings on the Rogue Race Calendar. We sent 137 race results to the Results by Riviera archive. You couldn’t go a week without your Facebook feed being flooded with photos of SUP races here, there and everywhere.
Some of those races were fun, local events. Some were grand, international spectacles. Most fell somewhere in between. And that’s just fine. Most races don’t need to be grand to be successful, they just need to be well organised, encourage a few extra people to give the sport a try and offer everyone a fun day on the water.
But some races push the boundaries a little more than the average. Some races attract, either through deliberate marketing or incidental brilliance, a disproportionately large amount of attention and elite talent. Quite simply: Some races are a lot more competitive than others. Click through to see the full list and read my overly-thorough analysis… → READ MORE
The 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships were pretty darn epic. So much action, so much excitement, so many grand stories.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, seeing I went a little overboard and typed about 35000 words about this race over the past week or two, I figure these 35 photos will tell the story a little more concisely. So here it is. Molokai 2014 as told by the camera. → READ MORE
Who won the 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships? Connor Baxter and Sonni Hönscheid, right? (Plus Travis Baptiste with his insane performance in the stock class.) That’s a pretty straightforward question and answer.
However there were two other winners at this year’s Molokai that went a little unnoticed. And I’m not talking about paddlers, I’m talking about brands. → READ MORE
Unless you were camped out under a rock on Mars the past 72 hours, you would’ve heard about a little race in Hawaii called the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships.
The 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu race was an instant classic. There was drama and heroics all round, highlighted perfectly by the intense battle between Connor Baxter and Travis Grant all the way to the finish. And now we have a first look at the official highlights reel: → READ MORE
We’ve just finished an incredible Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, where Connor Baxter has narrowly reclaimed the crown from defending champ Travis Grant in what was an amazing race…
After a tight contest early – where the top five favourites of Connor, Scott, Kai, Dave and Travis were all within shouting distance – it became a two-man duel in the last five or six miles before Connor eventually broke free to win in record time. Coming home strong was Scott Gamble for 3rd, with Kai Lenny relinquishing an early lead to settle for 4th. Travis Baptiste put in an absolutely extraordinary effort to finish 5th overall on his 14 footer, just seconds behind Kai and half a minute in front of Dave Kalama.
On the women’s side it was a superhuman effort from Germany’s Sonni Hönscheid, who led for most of the crossing to defeat the determined Jenny Kalmbach. → READ MORE
Woah… what a race. There was action. There was drama. There was one hell of a battle between Travis Grant and Connor Baxter.
Click through to relive our live blog from Molokai 2014 and see how it all went down. Next year we’ll have a bigger server. Promise. → READ MORE
The countdown to Molokai is almost over. In just 24 hours time, several dozen of the world’s best (and bravest) paddlers will line up on Molokai for a 32 mile battle across the Channel of Bones. Destination: Oahu. You can’t even see the finish line from the start, that’s how far this race is. It’s a serious test of physical and mental strength.
Speaking of things you can’t see: Predictions. This year the field is strong in both the men’s and women’s divisions, however there are no clear favourites. That makes my job exciting but very difficult. How do you pick a winner with so much talent, so much determination and so many variables in play? Well it wouldn’t be fun if it was easy, so without further ado, here are my 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu PREDICTIONS. → READ MORE
We’re less than 48 hours away from the 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships. On Sunday morning a few hundred brave souls will line up on the western shores of Molokai, staring out into the distance at a destination they can’t even see: Oahu.
One of those paddlers will be Travis Grant, the defending champion and one of the big favourites again this year. This guy is always humble and understated, however he knows a hell of a lot about the ocean and how to paddle across it very fast. Well now thanks to NSP you can get some pre-race insights from Trav, including interesting comments about how to approach the race and what to expect out in the middle of the channel. → READ MORE
In 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
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