Travis Grant Returns From Injury With Victory On Oahu, Looks Set For Another Stellar Year

Travis Grant Ikaika
The reigning Molokai and BOP Distance Champ, Travis Grant, has returned to form with a solid win on the weekend, his first race on a SUP since having knee surgery three months ago. Travis took out stop #6 of the Oahu-based “Kanaka Ikaika” race series, finishing two minutes clear of young gun Mo Freitas and four minutes ahead of Kaeo Abbey.

Not only was this Trav’s first race since coming back from injury, it was actually only the second time he’s paddled standing up since November…

The Aussie (who now resides on Oahu) famously won the 2013 Battle of the Paddle Elite Distance race, despite dislocating his knee two weeks before the event. That injury eventually required surgery around Christmas time, which kept the humble star out of the water for several weeks. Travis has slowly returned to training on his outrigger, but his legs are still well below strength and he only hopped on a SUP for the first time last week.

Travis also won Kanaka Ikaika race #5. That victory was on an OC-1 not a SUP, however it’s just one more sign that his return from injury is going to be swift.

So there you go. Travis Grant can’t even walk properly yet he’s still winning races. He’s in ominous, early-season form and it’ll now be very interesting to see how he fares at the bigger races coming up in the next couple of months, such as the Carolina Cup at the end of April (which is looking set to feature an all-star field). I think the NSP team rider is in for another stellar year…

We’ll find out soon enough, but in the meantime you can see results from the weekend’s race below.

Ikaika Paddle Race

All photos © ‘Ōiwi Ocean Gear (check out their race gallery of 200+ pics on Facebook).

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Kanaka Ikaika Race #6: Hawaii Kai – Magic Island

#
Name
Time
Class
Class #
1Travis Grant1:30:52Men's 14'1
2Mo Freitas1:32:42Men's Unlimited1
3Kaeo Abbey1:35:07Men's 14'2
4Kai Chong1:36:45Men's 14'3
5Aaron Napoleon1:40:21Men's 14'4
6Jim Foti1:41:18Men's 14'5
7Robert Stehlik1:42:59Men's 14'6
8Kione Dahlin1:43:25Men's 14'7
9Matthew Sack1:44:08Men's 14'8
10James Martindale1:46:32Men's Unlimited2
11Rachel Bruntsch1:47:31Women's 14'1
12Jeff Chang1:49:30Men's 14'9
13Devin Moody1:51:26Men's 14'10
14Andrew Ching1:52:14Men's 12'61
15Tyson Rodrigues1:53:43Men's 12'62
16Alika Tom1:54:08Men's Unlimited3
17Kelsa Gabehart1:55:13Women's 14'2
18David Cordell1:56:02Men's 14'11
19Jennifer Fratzke1:56:31Women's 14'3
20Steve Reeves1:58:14Men's Unlimited4
21Sam Pa'e1:59:11Men's 14'12
22Cory La Rieu1:59:51Men's 14'13
23William Enoka2:05:41Men's Unlimited5
24Albert Verdadero2:07:37Men's 12'63
25Rachel Fujita2:16:10Women's 14'4
26Herbie Titcomb2:16:33Men's 14'14
27Lyman Ashikawa2:17:53Men's 12'64
28Geno Antonio2:25:30Men's 12'65
29Jane McKee2:26:42Women's 14'5
30Paul Jansen2:27:19Men's 14'15
31Mark Miller2:42:36Men's 14'16
32Ronny German2:59:05Men's 14'17

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