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...

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