Maui Third Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a a Huge Success Event Wrap Up & Race Results

Maui Third Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a a Huge Success Event Wrap Up & Race Results

The Third Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a proved to be a tremendous success and an event that will for sure be even bigger and bigger in the years to come.  I had the pleasure of working with the OluKai Premium Footwear crew in particular Matthew Murasko from Maui, and the fine team that arrived from the mainland. In addition to the SUP and OC1 races, this year’s venue was extra special with the new division offered as the “Ohana Fun  Paddle” that captured over 100 participants before the big races.  ( More event highlights here ) This alone was an event within the event as folks from as young  as 12 years old up to 75 years young got to experience a 3 mile down wind, non-competitive paddle. Prone paddlers, OC1s and stand up paddlers launched from the Paia Bay Youth & Cultural Center and arrived to at the life guard tower at Kanaha.  I anticipate this number to double for next year!   ( photos coming soon!!) With about 210 plus participants the SUP Race broke some records from last year and many of the recognized names dominated. The trades were nearing about 15 knots and there was small wind swell which offered very close finishing times. The grueling run on the beach just after paddling your brains out for 8 miles made it for an exciting spectator finish!  We’re begging for a shorter run!??!   May 14, 2011 – OluKai Ho’olaule’a SUP Race, Top 20 Overall: Place Time No. Fname Lname Division 1 0:49:01 191 Kai Bartlett Elite Men 2 0:49:18 98 Livio Menelau Elite Men 3 0:51:39 205 Ekolu Kalama Elite Men 4 0:52:31 113 Mark...
Maui Stand Up Paddler & Waterman Jeremy Riggs in the Training Studio with Suzie Cooney

Maui Stand Up Paddler & Waterman Jeremy Riggs in the Training Studio with Suzie Cooney

Jeremy Riggs, elite stand up paddler and surfer, talent is amazing on the water and off! We’re working on a little cross training to increase his performance so he’s ready for any glide, bump or swell and for the surf this winter. Jeremy recently came in first place in his age group, 14 foot no rudder class, at the 5th Annual Naish Paddle Championships here on Maui July 18th. Jeremy finished with an impressive time of 1:18:45.  Click here for more race info.    This is the 5th year in a row he’s won the Naish  rudderless division. I know he wants to keep this streak going! “Suzie’s training keeps me at a high  level of fitness without paddling. I’ve learned some really challenging exercises that are fun and will keep me strong outside of paddling. I also want to prevent injury.  The number one thing Suzie gives me is more confidence and now I feel more prepared. Suzie’s helping me out tremendously. I’m doing more, so I should be better. “ Just prior to the Naish race, he placed in the top ten elite class of the Mormaii Maui to Molokai Race July 10th, 2010 he placed 7th with a time of 3:44:01.  On June 12th, 2010  the prestigious and brutal IRONMAN of all SUP races, Battle of the Paddle in  Oahu,  his time was 1:39:15!  Along with relay partner Mark Raaphorst, they took first place in the  April 24th, 2010  Maui to Molokai, put on by the Maui Canoe and Kayak Club, with a time of 3:41:49 . Jeremy is definitely strong and focused. We’re keeping it simple for now and introducing core and stabilization work, in addition with specific exercises...
Naish 5th Annual Paddle Board and SUP Championships Maui July 18, 2010 Race Results and Slideshows

Naish 5th Annual Paddle Board and SUP Championships Maui July 18, 2010 Race Results and Slideshows

Naish 5th Annual Paddle Board SUP Championships Maui July 18, 2010 Race Results    Photos by Jimmie Hepp and Casey Fukuda It was an amazing day and terrific finish! Before the race however, rain squalls passed through that threatened us, as we stood under the Naish tents. We had a staged start inside the gulch this time and it was a little hectic on the holdling line! Next to me, good friends, and people from around the globe attended including paddle board champion Jamie Mitchell. Our local favorites, Dave Kalama, Scott Trudon, Connor Baxter, Buzzy Kerbox, Andrea Moeller, Karen Wrenn, Julia Schweiger, and many other outstanding athletes and friends, too many to mention, and some novice caught lots of glides and the wind finally came up nicely averaging about 20 mph.   (results below, after photos) Race Start: Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor:   9.54 Miles              [slideshow id=10] [slideshow id=11] Results:    From the Maui News:  Eight-time defending world paddleboarding champion Jamie Mitchell competes in Sunday’s Naish Maui International. Mitchell was the top paddleboard finisher, covering the 9.54 miles from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor in 1 hour, 17 minutes, 16 seconds. The top female paddleboarder was Becci Gardiner in 1:50:41. SECOND PHOTO: Dave Kalama heads to his third stand-up title in the Maui International – he finished in 1:13:48. Andrea Moeller was the fastest female stand-up competitor, in 1:22:11. Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor (9.54 miles) Paddleboard Stock Female-1. Becci Gardiner 1:50:41, 2. Angie Giancaterin 1:59:38, 3. Joanna Kyriazakos 2:03:24, 4. Rachael Taylor 2:04:00, 5. Madelin Jordan 2:16:55. 29 and under-1. Eric Abbott 1:32:21, 2. Stephen...
Mormaii Maui Channel Crossing to Molokai Stand Up Paddle Race Results July 11 2010

Mormaii Maui Channel Crossing to Molokai Stand Up Paddle Race Results July 11 2010

Congrats to all the finishers and entrants on an exciting and inspiring 27 mile crossing! Mormaii – Pailolo Channel Crossing – Standups Here are some pre race photos taken by Maui Photographer, Simone Reddingius: Overall Finishers Place No. Fname Lname Fname 2 Lname 2 Sex Division Time 1 1 Connor Baxter     M ELITE MEN 3:29:02 2 100 Connor Baxter     M UNL M01-19 3:29:03 3 11 Ekolu Kalama     M ELITE MEN 3:30:08 4 9 David Kalama     M ELITE MEN 3:32:25 5 4 Livio Menelau     M ELITE MEN 3:32:58 6 10 Mark Raaptionst     M ELITE MEN 3:37:17 7 5 Scott Trudon     M ELITE MEN 3:42:20 8 204 Andew Mc Gurn Jerry Bell M UNL TEAM MEN 3:44:01 9 2 Jeremy Riggs     M ELITE MEN 3:44:08 10 3 Andrea Moller     F ELITE WOMEN 3:53:20 11 6 Bart De Zwart     M ELITE MEN 3:56:59 12 202 Yves Bouwens Scott Blish M UNL TEAM MEN 3:58:44 13 103 Amir Arbel     M UNL M30-39 3:59:04 14 102 Phil Cregory     M UNL M40-49 4:01:57 15 8 Courtenay Gray     M ELITE MEN 4:02:29 16 101 Kolaiah Jardine     M UNL M30-39 4:03:17 17 13 Kaeo O Kalani Clark     M ELITE MEN 4:07:37 18 203 Devin Blish Jack Dyson M UNL TEAM MEN 4:08:52 19 12 Zane Schweitzer     M ELITE MEN 4:13:05 20 105 Zane Schweitzer     M UNL M01-19 4:13:05 21 201 Randy Strome Chantalle Strome M UNL TEAM MEN 4:26:28 22 222 Donna Raaphorst...

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