ROGUE_RECAP ep.06: OluKai craziness
On this week's Rogue Recap: The crazy OluKai race on Maui, Connor Baxter's return to form, Sonni Honscheid's continue dominance, and the latest from The Paddle League …plus a special guest cameo lol // Rogue SUP
Posted by SUP Racer on Thursday, May 3, 2018
On this week’s Rogue Recap: Crazy conditions for OluKai, return to form for Connor Baxter, and can anyone catch Sonni Honscheid?!
And if you missed it, check out last week’s Carolina Cup debrief with Mo Freitas and Fernando Stalla.
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OluKai was one for the books this year. Not because it was an all-time downwinder – light winds actually made for record slow times – but because it was just so damn gnarly.
A solid swell hit Maui’s north shore just in time for the race, which unfortunately meant 80% of competitors pulled out. Though on the plus side, it fortunately meant we got some epic photos as some of the world’s best dodged small mountains of water. → READ MORE
Connor Baxter and Sonni Honscheid have reclaimed their OluKai crowns in tough conditions on Maui today, with light winds and big seas providing a mighty challenge for both competitors and organisers of the 10th Annual Ho’olaule’a, the third stop of the 2018 Paddle League World Tour.
Connor held off a four-pronged Aussie invasion to defeat defending champ James Casey, perennial OluKai bridesmaid Travis Grant, dark horse Ty Judson and ocean master Matt Nottage to secure his sixth OluKai belt and restart his World Title campaign after disappointing results in Carolina and Tahiti. → READ MORE
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It’s another big weekend for The Paddle League with three stops around the world, including a World Tour specialty event on Maui, a classic event in Florida and the new one in Italy.
The headline event is certainly the 10th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a, where a pretty big chunk of the world’s best will be praying for favourable winds along the world famous Maliko downwind run (Friday night update: the wind isn’t looking great but there should be a few bumps out there).
The support acts are the classic Key West Classic, an event that’s been going longer than just about any other and which has become a staple of the regional calendar, while the third piece of the triple header weekend is the Florence Paddle Games, a new event that’s quickly attracted a lot of interest in Italy.
The Paddle League will have rolling updates all weekend via Instagram Stories and Facebook page.
Go behind the scenes at the 9th Annual OluKai Ho’olaulea with Mike Jucker from Stand Up Magazin, and get a good look at just how wet, wild and windy this year’s big race on Maui really was.
After stormy seas, swirling winds and endless rain forced organisers to cancel the regular Maliko downwind run, the OluKai crew came up with a backup ‘beach race’ event inside the reef at the traditional finish line of Kanaha. → READ MORE
World number one Annabel Anderson and Sunova’s James Casey have taken out the weather-affected OluKai Ho’olaulea race on Maui this morning, winning the modified ‘beach race’ event at Kanaha after the standard Maliko downwind run was canceled for the second time in two days following wild and unsafe conditions.
With swirling winds and stormy weather continuing to lash the Hawaiian coast, OluKai organisers wisely opted for safety over tradition, keeping the event inside the reef at Kanaha Beach Park instead of sending competitors on what would have been a somewhat-treacherous ocean paddle from Maliko Gulch. → 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
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
Check out this awesome aerial footage from the 8th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a, which was held Saturday on Maui and from which Connor Baxter and Sonni Hönscheid emerged victorious against an all-star field.
The OluKai Ho featured another massive turnout this year, with over 300 paddlers once again hitting the world famous Maliko downwind run on Maui’s north shore. Connor once again claimed the title (for a record fifth year in a row), while Sonni claimed her maiden win. → READ MORE
Connor Baxter has won his 5th straight OluKai title, defeating an all-star cast of the world’s best downwind paddlers in near-perfect conditions on Maui this afternoon.
After going into the race as red hot favourite – Connor has won every edition of this event stretching back to 2012 – the world number one relished the excellent downwind bumps on the famous Maliko run to finish in a time of 47 minutes, 41 seconds, while Mo Freitas put in a commanding performance to claim the runner-up spot. → READ MORE
We’re still coming down from the high of Carolina, but there’s no time to rest as the paddling world heads straight into another big weekend of racing. From the Key West Classic in Florida to the big downwind showdown on Maui, there will be plenty of results to keep track of on Saturday.
Here’s a quick preview and a few not-so-bold predictions… → READ MORE
Exactly 48 hours til the big downwind showdown on Maui: The 8th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a on the world famous Maliko run.
Will Connor Baxter make it five in a row? Or can Travis Grant give him something to chase? Will the local guns fire? Kalama, Riggs, Menelau, Riccio, Kerbox – there’s no shortage of downwind talent on Maui. Will Kai Lenny lineup for his first race of the season? And will Travis Baptiste continue his tradition of punching above his weight from the stock class this year? Also keep a very close eye on Aussie boys Matt Nottage and James Casey to do some real damage. → READ MORE
Connor Baxter has won his 4th straight OluKai title, claiming a strong victory ahead of Travis Grant, Dave Kalama, Travis Baptiste and Danny Ching. Minutes after Connor crossed the line, Andrea Moller triumphed in the women’s race for an extraordinary 7th straight year, further extending the greatest winning streak in the sport of stand up paddling.
Click through for full results + the updated World Rankings… → READ MORE
We’re still coming down from the high that was Carolina, however there’s no rest for the world’s best as we move straight into the next big race of the season. A solid group of stand up paddling’s top guys and girls have descended on Maui this week, where in 48 hours they’ll be hitting the famous Maliko downwind run for the 7th annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a.
Since the inaugural edition way back in 2009, OluKai has become one of the biggest, best and longest-running SUP races in the world. But can anyone stop Connor and Andrea from continuing their supreme dominance of this event? → READ MORE
In the increasingly-crowded world of international SUP racing, it’s definitely a wise move to announce your dates 12 months ahead of time. That’s particularly true for the “super races” that help anchor down the season. One of those super races is OluKai, so it’s great to see that, less than two weeks after the 2014 event was run and won on Maui, organisers have already announced dates for the 2015 OluKai SUP Race.
The 2015 OluKai Ho’olaule’a SUP Race (or just “Olukai” for short) will be held on Maui the weekend of… → READ MORE
We were sent this great clip this morning by Buzzy Kerbox, who had an insider’s view of last weekend’s OluKai Ho’oluale’a and used it to produce a really cool race video. Buzzy was on his jetski during the entire race, filming from inside the pack of 300+ paddlers as they made their way along the world famous Maliko downwind run, in what is one of the biggest SUP races of the year.
The video gives not only some really cool close-up shots of the action but also some very interesting commentary and insights… → READ MORE
Connor Baxter and Andrea Moller have reasserted their dominance of the Hawaiian downwind scene, taking out the 2014 OluKai Ho’olaule’a in surprisingly good conditions on Maui today. Despite Facebook being flooded with messages such as “Hey does anyone have a flat water board I can borrow?!” over the past 48 hours, the wind along the famous Maliko downwind run turned on just in time for the start of the race.
Connor showed once again that he’s the King of Maliko, finishing in a very solid time of 51 minutes, over two minutes clear of the only guy who got within shouting distance of him, Aussie Travis Grant. Maliko stalwart Jeremy Riggs put in a good effort to take home third, while Kody Kerbox came home in 4th ahead of Danny Ching and Livio Menelau.
With close to 300 paddlers on the line, including several of the biggest names in the sport, the event itself has shown it’s one of the world’s premiere races. → READ MORE