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

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

Molokai Race Poster Unveiled (And It’s Awesome)

Molokai 2 Oahu race posterThe 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu, the race that sold out in three hours, is set to be a cracker. We’ve got 2010 champ Dave Kalama feeling inspired and ready to take on the likes of 2013 winner Travis Grant, 2011-2012 title holder Connor Baxter, perennial bridesmaid Scott Gamble and Kai Lenny in what should be one of the most closely watched battles of the year.

The race is still almost three months away, but I get the feeling the Molokai news will be steadily streaming in over the coming weeks. After the Molokai start list was revealed last week, today we got a sneak peek at the official race poster. And I love it.   → READ MORE

Molokai Start List Released

Molokai-Terrene-BlackAfter its registration sold out in record time, the 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu start list has now been released.

One of the longest, toughest, most grueling (and most expensive) SUP races in the world is also one of the most popular. Solo spots sold out in just three hours this year, meaning many willing participants missed out on a place. There are plenty of familiar names on there, including the defending men’s champ Travis Grant.

Trav will be up against Connor Baxter and Kai Lenny as attempts a repeat, while Dave Kalama is also having a serious tilt at the title this year and will be another front line contender.   → READ MORE

“The Champs” Sum Up The Spirit Of Molokai

Molokai-2-Oahu-Champions-videoWith the 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu race just three months away (time flies…), it’s a good time to look back on last year’s event and reflect on what makes this race so irrationally enticing to so many paddlers. In a video released this week, titled simply “The Champs,” the leading contenders have their say about what makes Molokai so… Molokai.

While the video is technically about the 2013 event, it’s actually kinda timeless: This clip isn’t so much about last year’s race itself but more about the spirit of Molokai in general. There are some interesting comments from Kai, Danny, Andrea and a few others who took on what is perhaps the biggest challenge in the world of paddleboarding.   → READ MORE

Molokai 2 Oahu Is Now TOTALLY Sold Out…

Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard Championship SOLD OUTRemember how Molokai solo registration sold out in just three hours last weekend? But how we mentioned you could still register for the team divisions? Well, that’s no longer an option either… because now the ENTIRE 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships are full.

The race officially sold out on Monday morning Hawaii time, just 48 hours after registration opened. Most events have to beg paddlers to sign up before race day. However Molokai, one of the most grueling experiences in the paddleboarding world (and that’s just getting yourself to the start line…), completely fills up in a matter of hours, despite the fact we’re still more than four months out from the actual race itself.   → READ MORE

2014 Molokai 2 Oahu Registration Opens, Proceeds To Sell Out In Three Hours

Molokai-2-Oahu-sold-outThe 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships (or just: “Molokai”), aka one of the most grueling and prestigious races in the world of SUP racing, has sold out in record time.

Registration opened at 8am yesterday (Saturday Hawaii time) but by 11am the solo SUP and solo prone division (the two most prestigious divisions) were completely sold out. Just three hours. That’s all it took to completely fill the 150 odd positions on the start line.

It’s even more amazing when you consider that this is one of the most expensive and logistically insane races to organise. It’s like summiting Everest: The cost of plane tickets to Hawaii, then plane tickets to Molokai, then the cost of hiring an escort boat. Plus the cost of getting your board out there. Plus all the other random little costs… Oh and the cost of race entry on top of all that. Many paddlers pay $5k+ just to get to the start line of this race.   → READ MORE

WATCH: First Edit From The 2013 Molokai 2 Oahu World Champs

Molokai 2 Oahu videoDo nothing else for the next two and a half minutes: Here’s the first official edit from Molokai 2013. The Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships stand almost on their own in terms of prestige, with perhaps only the Battle of the Paddle being on the same level.

Just getting to the start line for this race is tough, then there’s the small matter of paddling 32 miles across an open, often treacherous part of the ocean. This year was no exception, with record drop out rates and a dramatic finish to the SUP divisions, where Aussies Travis Grant and Terrene Black surprised the local favourites to claim memorable wins.   → READ MORE

Interview With Molokai Champ Travis Grant

Travis Grant MolokaiListen to a great interview with the newly crowned Molokai 2 Oahu champ Travis Grant. 

If you somehow missed the news about Molokai last week (I don’t know how you possibly could have, but just in case), Aussie Travis Grant blizted an all-star field to claim the title in what turned out to be a grueling year for the crossing.   → READ MORE

Terrene Black: My Molokai

Molokai 2 Oahu Terrene BlackMy lead up to this year’s race felt a little hasty. I sustained a rib injury not long after last year’s M2O which forced me to take 6 months off from paddling. This combined with a fatiguing illness felt like a major setback and even as we started the New Year, I still didn’t know if I would make it back.

Thankfully with the guidance of a new doctor, a naturopath and a myopractic therapist I finally started feeling better. By February I was paddling again. Slowly at first and mainly in the flat. This may have been a blessing as I focused solely on technique. My coach and training partner Will Anido and I started devising a new training schedule. It was a bit different to last year and there was also a lot of focus on recovery. After what I’d been through it was so important I did not overdo it. Rest and diet was the key…   → READ MORE

Team Saffa Does Molokai 2 Oahu

Team Saffa Does Molokai 2 OahuThe Saffa Team descended on the Molokai experience with some trepidation – none of us had ever raced a similar distance and everyone had told us how tough it was. What little did we know….

Well, where do we start…

Let’s start with the Saffas: Kimon Dos Santos, Brigette van Aswegen, Ryan Butcher and myself.   → READ MORE

Listen To Your Heart

Listen to your heart...Molokai 2013 was epic. It had everything… The record entrants. The hype and buzz surrounding the build up. The excitement of Kai v Connor. The drama of Danny’s withdrawal. And then of course Travis Grant’s spirited, determined effort that delivered him the crown and a spot on the podium alongside good friend Scott Gamble. And that was just the men’s race…

This year’s Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships won’t be forgotten any time soon. So while we’re still consuming the pics and words that are filling our Facebook and Instagram feeds right now, I thought I’d reflect on the pre-race predictions I made, which I summed up by saying “My heart says Travis or Scott, my head says Kai or Connor, while my gut says Danny…”   → READ MORE

“Tough Race…” Connor Baxter’s Molokai Recap

Connor Baxter MolokaiConnor Baxter was attempting a three-peat at last weekend’s Molokai 2 Oahu race, however a spirited performance from Aussie Travis Grant forced him to hand over the Channel crown. So while Connor won his intense battle against Kai Lenny, he lost the war to Travis and Scott Gamble.

But how does the young gun feel now that the race is over? Click through to check out Connor’s personal insights into the big race…   → READ MORE

[PHOTOS] The Magic Of Molokai

Molokai 2 Oahu PHOTOSWe’re still coming down from the high that was Molokai 2013. What a race… Travis Grant’s epic, and under-the-radar performance to take the crown, the exciting, neck-and-neck duel between Kai and Connor, the drama of Danny Ching’s withdrawal, plus the see-sawing battle between Terrene Black, Jenny Kalmbach, Sonni Honscheid and Andrea Moller.

It was an exciting race for the fans but a grueling race for the competitors (“Hardest race I’ve ever done” was heard a few times at the finish line). Well now you can get a peak into the race with some awesome Molokai 2 Oahu photos. Facebook is flooded with Molokai right now but we’ve picked some of the highlights, so click through to view the full Molokai gallery…   → READ MORE

Molokai 2013: Travis Grant, Terrene Black Lead Aussie Clean Sweep On Dramatic Day In Hawaii

Molokai 2013 results
All hail the new King and Queen of the Ocean: Travis Grant and Terrene Black both caused dramatic upsets at the Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships today, beating home local favourites in one of the most exciting SUP races we’ve ever seen and claiming Australia’s first ever M2O Stand Up Paddleboard World Titles in the process.

The pair led an Aussie clean sweep of the event, with Brad Gaul and Jordan Mercer winning the men’s and women’s Prone Paddleboard World Titles respectively. What a race… what a performance by the Aussies… Click through for full race results plus a recap and photos of the action.   → READ MORE

LIVE COVERAGE: Molokai 2013

Molokai 2 Oahu live updatse
Welcome to our LIVE COVERAGE of the big one: The 2013 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships. will keep you posted with non-stop updates of the race all day: We have spotters on several of the lead support boats phoning in updates, plus we’ll be tapping into the latest from the Molokai-2-Oahu race directors as well. Our live coverage starts NOW so click through for the latest…   → READ MORE

“Heart Says Travis Or Scott, Head Says Kai Or Connor, Gut Says Danny”

Molokai 2 OahuThis weekend is the big one: Molokai 2 Oahu. It’s the greatest paddleboarding race in the world and, along with the Battle of the Paddle in California, is the pinnacle of the sport of SUP racing. On Sunday afternoon a few hundred hardcore paddlers will cross the infamous Ka’iwi Channel, half of them laying down, half of them standing up, from Molokai in the East to Oahu in the West. It’ll take between four and ten hours and at times will be a very isolating experience.

Just doing this crossing is epic. It’s an achievement in its own right. If you’ve seen Jamie Mitchell’s Decade of Dominance movie, you’ll know just how much spirit and commitment it takes to complete Molokai. As Dave Kalama says “You don’t just rock up and do Molokai, it takes months and months and months of commitment.”

But for all the glory and honour the event delivers to all competitors, it is, at the end of the day, still a race. And that means there’s gotta be a winner…   → READ MORE

Who’s Doing Molokai? Check Out The Full Competitor List And Find Out…

Molokai SUP RaceWe’re only a month away from one of the most prestigious SUP races on the calendar; the 2013 Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships. We called it a couple of months back; this will be the most competitive SUP fields ever assembled for Molokai, with the likes of Danny Ching and Travis Grant signing on for the first time.

Well now you can see how the entire field of stacks up with the full competitor list. There’s going to be 156 Stand Up Paddlers competing this year…   → READ MORE

Eric Terrien’s Molokai Board Test

Eric Terrien's Molokai Stand Up PaddleboardBIC SUP team rider, European #1 and “gutsiest performance of the year” nominee Eric Terrien has unveiled his new prototype board for this year’s Molokai-2-Oahu.

The Frenchman showed off his new design, created by BIC head shaper Patrice Remoiville, in La Plaine Sur Mer, France this week. Like most brands, BIC doesn’t sell a production Unlimited board, but Eric is a big fan of Molokai and wanted to paddle his own board next month. Eric finished 6th at Molokai 2012 and despite perhaps the most competitive Molokai field ever set to battle across the Kaiwi Channel, should be right up there again on July 28th.   → READ MORE