Pacific Paddler magazine - June 2011 - (Page 32)

Maui to Molokai Maui Canoe and Kayak Club's (MCKC) signature event, Maui to Molokai, was held Saturday, April 23, 2011 from DT Flemings Beach, West Maui to South Shore Kaunakakai Harbor, Molokai. Eleven years ago, a small group of Maui paddlers, the MCKC board, was sitting around the tables in a small office in Lahaina contemplating Mike Goblin's idea to have a race from Flemings, Maui to Kaunakakai, Molokai. He felt it was one of the best downwind runs, and he often did it as part of his training. This year marks our 10th anniversary and our largest event of the year. This year over 250 paddlers registered, the largest field ever from Hana to Lahaina, from ‘Upcountry’ to Kihei, Hawaii to Kauai, North America to New Zealand, and from Australia to Molokai. We kicked off the race Friday night with a pre-registration party, sponsored by Outrigger Pizza Company. With tasty pizza and beverages, to gift bags and givea-ways and socializing with new and old friends, the night was festive. Out of all the paddlers, half were wahines and among them, an OC-2 relay team of Ellen Federoff, Donna Abdill, Colleen Ford and Carla Fadriquela paddled to promote the annual voyage to Lanai in October for the Pacific Cancer Foundation Paddler for Life. The gals finished second in their division with a time of 3:51:38. From relay to solo, five wahines, Margie Kawaiaea, Trz Harrisson, Torrey Goodman, Faith Mori, and Marian Zajac paddled solo in the OC-1 50-plus division. Although we would like to think wahines rule, we must remember our youth. Juniors' (under 17) race fees were waived, and we congratulate the next generation who came out to race with us like Rilty Ritchie and Jessie Mills-Thom on a OC-1. Others on SUPs and OC1s were inspiring to see racing competitively against us 'mature' folks. Men over 60+ rock. Congratulations to Biggie Lara, Peter Martin, Greg 'doc' Davis, Pia Aluli and Al Ching for an outstanding finish. Divisions are formed when at least three paddlers race against one another. This year we were shy one team for the '3 Dudes and a Wahine' division. This year team Rick Herrera/Noah Herrera/ J.R. Rios/Nikki Rios raced against team Paul Donovan/Christine Donovan/Jason Humphries/Norman Mallory so they raced OC-2 Relay Unofficial — while enjoying the experience. We must remember it is all about paddling verses the hardware and bragging rights. Congratulations to our Kiwi paddler from New Zealand. He was the first paddler to cross the finish line. Zsolt Szadovski on a surfski completed the course in 2:46:01. , Stacie Thorlakson For more 2011 results, go to Internally, we are working at making it an easy event as far as logistics, affordable, fair, safe and memorable for all. The course is awesome, and we are so grateful for the beautiful conditions this year. We don’t think we could have asked for much better. There was no huge shore break, which allowed for an easy start in the bay, and the conveyer-belt of possible rides was running in overdrive. The rides were insane; Big drops, fast, hold on to your seat drops, long rides, and lots of connections… so much fun all the way to the Kaunakakai buoy. Mahalo to our Molokai `ohana, the Kimball’s, Kalama’s, Waakapaemua Canoe Club and Kana Wallace, our sponsors: Nalu Koa, Olukai, Son’z, Sarento’s, `Oiwi, Nicks Fishmarket, Hammer Nutrition and Tri Paddle. Race Directors Ricky and Sharon Balidoy new race system, plus their team of volunteers put together a one-of-a-kind race. photos by Stacie Thorlakson. Stacie Thorlakson 32 pacific paddler June 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pacific Paddler magazine - June 2011

Kauai World Challenge
Molo Solo
Molokai Relay
Q&A with Kai Bartlett
OluKai Ho’olaule’a
Battle of the Paddle
SCORA's safety net
Primo Boys wild adventure
Suncare and UV Protection
Got lactate?
Maui to Molokai
Eono Hoe
Tavaru Sailing Canoe voyage

Pacific Paddler magazine - June 2011