Pacific Paddler April 2015 - (Page 32)
After his Race, PAA event organizer Manny Kulukulualani checks out the times
with PAA officials Dave Stoesser and Keala Keli'i
manny talks story
We caught up with race director Manny
Kulukulualani at the finish of Stage 3 of the Koa
Nui series. We asked him how he came up with
the idea for the two days of races.
"When I went to Tahiti in 2006, I saw they
raced V1's in a three-stage race called Super Ito.
The format was sprint time trials in the morning
and then a longer race in the afternoon. The next
day, they raced a longer distance race."
PAA (Paddlers Athletic Association)adapted
the format with the sprint races held in the
Hawaii Kai Marina in the morning and then
a distance race from Makapuu to Hawaii Kai.
The next day contenders raced a long one from
Makapuu to Magic Island, nearly 20 miles. The
paddler with the lowest cumulative score wins.
Travis Grant took the honors amongst men and
Lindsey Shank the women.
PAA also hosts the Kaiwi Solo, which is an
OC1 race from Molokai to Oahu on June 13th.
"I'm interested to see the Tahitians come
over for the 'solo' this year. They already claimed
OC1 dominance. I'm hoping they'll be back and
that there will be wind and surfing too, because
that's been the stigma. But as more Tahitians race
here, I think that thinking will go away."
This year's weather hasn't been as predictable as in previous years. Some of PAA's races
had to be officially cancelled due to the weather.
"This year we've had a tough time with our
races because of the conditions. The last one
we held here at Magic Island we had to cancel
- Victory at Sea kind-of deal. The one in Kailua
(which was a fishing and paddler weight divisions
themed race) was way out of control - so this
one today is manageable," he said with a smile.
PAA also hosts the Molokai World
Championship Kaiwi Channel Relay on
April 25th, a "Thanksgiving Food Drive" race
in November, and a "Toys for Tots Race" in
December. For more details, or to register to race
go to their web site, WWW.PAA.COM.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pacific Paddler April 2015
Kanaka ikaika maui Jim waterman's series
Waikiki Surf Club juniors
Sean Monahan on technique
fishing from an oC1
Manny Kulukulualani talks story
HSCA 2015 schedule
Outrigger canoe making waves in the desert
Small boats getting big
Stretches for paddling
Composite paddle blades
Mahalo Kai Opua
Pacific Paddler April 2015