Oh, how I look forward to the Molo after-party. Eat what you like, drink what you like and go to bed...whenever. And of course, everybody has a story to tell. I started to tell mine to Rob before he said, I'm tired and I've got a long flight ahead of me - and I'm going to bed. But he asked me write about my race experience for surfski.info so here it is.

Dean Gardiner Molokai 2008
Dean Gardiner (Pic: Vince Bechet)

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HONOLULU - May 18, 2008 - Tahiti's Lewis Laughlin trumped a record field of 133 paddlers in the 32-mile Epic Kayaks Molokai World Championships today, repeating his victory of last year but under vastly different conditions to prove he's a paddling force to be reckoned with. Feeling right at home in light to moderate trade-winds and a small wind swell of two feet, Laughlin, 37, finished 19 minutes outside of the race record in a time of 3 hours, 40 minutes and 26 seconds. The 6'2" Tahitian looked comfortable and relaxed at the finish despite having survived a strong charge home that saw the top four finishers all cross the line within a period of two minutes. The record time of 3:21:26 was set by Australian Dean Gardner in 1997.

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Saturday, 17 May 2008 12:46

Molokai 2008 - pre-race

The National Weather Service forecast for the Kaiwi Channel still says that there will be a 10kt breeze coming from the east - with some tiny waves...  But it looks as though it's going to be a hot, long paddle (for the back markers at any rate).

Molokai 2008 logo

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Friday, 16 May 2008 17:05

Paddler Profile: Herman Chalupsky

Herman Chalupsky claims that the real reason he aims to finish first at any race is to ensure that there's no one ahead of him in line at the pub.

Herman Chalupsky Dubai 2007
Herman pips brother Oscar in Dubai - 2007 (Pic: Alain Jaques)

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Thursday, 15 May 2008 15:40

Molokai 2008 - personal impressions

There's no doubt that Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on earth to paddle; and I can't wait to experience for myself the crossing from Molokai to Oahu across the Kaiwi Channel.  Here are some personal impressions of the trip so far...

Molokai 2008
The view from my hotel room...

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Thursday, 15 May 2008 01:04

Working hard, Hawaii style

Picture this: as I write this, I'm lying on a recliner on the deck of a house on the beach at North Shore, Oahu, about 500m from the famous Pipeline surfing spot...

North Shore Hawaii
Surfski.info editor working hard in Hawaii...

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Wednesday, 14 May 2008 15:04

Molokai 2008 – videos and photos

Ask anyone about the Molokai World Championships, and a topic of conversation sure to come up is the infamous "China Walls". 

 

Dawid Mocke, China Walls, Oahu, Hawaii 2008
Dawid Mocke ramps a wave at China Walls (Pic: Vince Bechet)

 

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Tuesday, 13 May 2008 14:53

Molokai 2008 – Aussie Contingent

Well another May rolls around. It seems this same time last year was only three weeks ago and a bunch of us were telling ourselves that the winds were going to be up for the race this year.

Well that was last year and the winds weren't up, in fact even the swell was going the wrong way.

 

Tim Jacobs, Durban 2007
Tim Jacobs in Durban - 2007 (Pic: Gameplan Media)

 

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Tuesday, 13 May 2008 14:15

Update from Hawaii

[Editor: Steve Woods has been in Hawaii for a couple of weeks now and sent this update through to us - apologies for taking so long to post it!  Blame the delay on the long flights and the extreme effect of the 12 hour jetlag!]

Steve Woods, Hawaii 2008
Steve Woods, Hawaii 2008

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Wednesday, 07 May 2008 04:58

Molokai Update #4 ** Updated **

Thanks to the efficiency and helpfulness of the US Consulate in Cape Town, I'm finally all systems go for Molokai...  I was beginning to think that I wouldn't have travel documents...

Oh, and here's some more info on the race...!

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