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
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…
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The 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
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
With 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
Remember 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
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
Do 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