Pacific Paddler magazine - June 2011 - (Page 4)

Lively Seas at 9th Annual Kauai World PhoTos by KAThleen ho PhoTogrAPhy, KATho@hAWAii.rr.Com The 9th Annual Kauai World Challenge hosted visitors and paddlers from around the world for a fun-filled, adventurous weekend on the water. Paddlers were greeted on Saturday morning with east and south swells along with gusty trades blowing over 25 knots. Challenging conditions throughout the 34-mile coastal relay race created a perfect setting for some thrilling experiences for paddlers. At 8:30 am the relay race started at Wailua Beach Park. Paddlers on OC1, OC2 and Surfski paddled from Wailua Beach to Salt Pond Beach Park with paddler exchanges at Hanamaulu Beach Park, then Kalapaki Bay in front of the Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club and performed their final exchange at Waiohai Bay in Poipu. The Stand Up Paddlers raced from Waiohai Bay to Salt Pond Beach Park. Race Director Aaron Labuguen and Race Coordinator Margie Goodno had their hands full prior to the race as escort boat drivers could not get the buoys to stay put in the crazy seas. They questioned even running the race as they knew they had to ensure the safety of all paddlers. Labuguen stated, “Normally during the regular season I would have definitely changed the race course to a more mellow and safe course, but I could not see how that would be possible for the Kauai World Challenge. I knew that my escort and safety boats were top notch, and I had no doubt that we could pull the race off safely. Big Mahalo to Buddy Wilson, Jon Rosario, Joe Lakona, Gabe Larocca, Dexter Jacinto, Koa Fuller, Justin Tabalno, Kauai County Lifeguards, and Marvin Otsuji (film boat) for helping the paddlers throughout the race.” Other than a couple of boats being damaged in the surf, all paddlers made it to shore in one piece. Check out the thread on for a few of the paddler’s harrowing tales. Over $7,000 in cash prizes was awarded to the elite division as well as specific age divisions. The OC1 men’s elite division winner was Team 4 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