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Sunday, 20 May 2007 09:10

Molokai 2007 - Race Day

ImageIt’s 03h00 in Hawaii right now – I wonder how well the competitors are sleeping…  Pierre Tostee, race photographer sent us a selection of photos taken of the flight across from Oahu to Molokai.

Check back with us later as we have a go at bringing live bulletins to you direct from the Kaiwi Channel (Skype and mobile phone technology permitting.)

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Saturday, 19 May 2007 06:04

Molokai 2007 - Tense Top Ten

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Joe Glickman
Oahu, 19 May 2007. Much of the buzz the last few days has been about the wind or lack thereof. True, without booming trade winds the race becomes far more tactical and a true war of attrition that may take the winner significantly longer than four hours. My guess is that the lead pack will be wash riding for the first few kilometres, but as soon as the top dogs enter the channel he who finds the most runs and manages the distance best is likely to prevail.

Here's my highly-subjective scouting report on what is sure to be one of the most competitive and talented fields yet assembled.

 

Published in Pacific
Friday, 18 May 2007 05:43

Molokai 2007 Update - Two days to go

ImagePrize money allocation for the race was finally announced yesterday at a press conference preceded by a race blessing ceremony...

Jodi Young Wilmot, race spokesperson, said the money would be split equally between OC1 and Surfski competitors.

Published in Pacific
Wednesday, 16 May 2007 04:14

Molokai 2007 - weather forecast

ImageThe Molokai Challenge is famous for its huge downwind conditions – and for this reason many paddlers consider it to be the holy grail of surf ski paddling.

Typically a 15-20kt ENE wind blows across the Molokai Channel and paddlers ride 10ft swells with 20-30ft faces.

But the weather forecast for the 2007 race shows a very different picture.

Published in Pacific
Tuesday, 15 May 2007 12:35

Molokai - Wildrich's Pre-race Report

ImageHawaii - 15 May 2007.  The Molokai Channel is the dream of every downwind ski paddler on the planet. The bluest water I have ever seen, 3 pound flying fish, vertical cliffs plunging directly into the ocean all make up a small part of the Hawaiian paddling experience. So I find myself extremely fortunate to be apart of the 2007 version, a watershed year for the race.

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Thursday, 10 May 2007 16:16

Molokai – Aussie and US Squads

ImageThe Molokai World Championship race this year has one of the strongest line-ups ever.  But who can offer the on-form South Africans a challenge?

We spoke to some of the Aussie and Hawaiian paddlers who will be giving the Saffas a run for their money.

Published in Pacific
Monday, 30 April 2007 01:54

Molokai - SA Squad Report

Image One of the strongest South African squads ever is about to head for Hawaii to take part in this year's Molokai Challenge. 

We caught up with some of the paddlers and asked them how their training was going.

Published in Pacific
Sunday, 22 April 2007 07:29

Molokai Facts and Figures

ImageThe 2007 Molokai Challenge takes place in a month's time on May 20th.  We went through the previous winners lists and found some interesting facts & figures.

NB: Although the organisers flirted with the idea of waiving the escort boat restrictions, on reflection (and advice from the US Coast Guard), the escort boats have once again been made mandatory.

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ImageWhat's a V10E you might ask? According to Epic, it's E for Elite, but it may as well be E for Extreme - as in extreme lightness and stiffness of construction.

The Epic website says that the skis were built with "super-lightweight unidirectional carbon pre-preg combined with Nomex honeycomb, with a very thin, clear gel coat". The result? An 8kg V10. There are two of the boats in existence with a single V10L which, according to Oscar Chalupsky, is close to 7.5kg.

Published in Pacific
Friday, 09 March 2007 23:32

A ROSA BY ANY OTHER NAME

ImageWhen you think of the history of Molokai, the unofficial World Championship of open-ocean racing, you think of Oscar (11) and Herman Chalupsky (2), the brothers from Durban who have combined to win 13 titles, and Australians Dean Gardiner (9) and Grant Kenny (5). The only other man to have won this storied race in the last two decades is the young Springbok Clint Pretorius, who last year edged out Oscar and two-time Olympic medal winner Clint Robinson of Oz.

 

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