We’re just 24 hours away from one of the biggest races of the year: The 32-mile crossing of the infamous Ka’iwi Channel known as Molokai-2-Oahu. It’s a race with so much history, so much prestige, and so many stories. But who’s going to add their chapter to the saga this year?
Molokai holds a special place in our sport – it’s sort of like the SUP racing equivalent of summiting Everest – and while for many it’s a personal challenge that’s all about the journey itself, for a select few elite, Molokai is an ultra-competitive showdown that they want to win more than any other race on the planet.
And whoever does reach the finish line on Oahu first automatically earns a spot in the history books. → READ MORE
SUP 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
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 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
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
Go 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
The 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
Check out this interesting little clip from Sunday’s epic Molokai 2 Oahu race. This was filmed about two thirds of the way across the Channel of Bones, when Kai Lenny and Travis Grant were locked in an epic duel for the title.
It’s quite amazing to see the two leaders literally side-by-side in such a big open ocean… → READ MORE
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 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
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
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
In 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 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
I’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
The 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