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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.

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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.

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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.

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Friday, 09 March 2007 23:32


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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Monday, 23 April 2007 12:23

Molokai Training 2007

Image[Editor - I found this on Heather Nelson's blog.  She kindly gave us permission to use it on surfski.info.  Check out her blog - Heather (with her partner, Brandon) is an ultra-marathon paddler of note.]
The Kaiwi Channel is known to be one of the most volatile ocean channels in the world.  It is also home to the Molokai World Championship Surf Ski and Outrigger Race. For 31 years, the best paddlers in the world have gathered for their chance to claim the most prestigious title in small boat racing.
This year, the 37.2-mile open ocean marathon will begin near the west end of the Island of Molokai and finish on the tourist-filled Queens Beach in Waikiki, on the island of Oahu...  And this year, I have set my sights on racing the Molokai!!!
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Friday, 16 February 2007 12:51

Molokai 2007 update

ImageThere's an exciting update from the organisers of the 2007 Molokai World Championship - to do with reducing costs.  We've also put together some maps and images to show the race route.
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Friday, 09 February 2007 14:32

Molokai 2007

ImageThe 2007 Molokai World Championship event has been announced - a new sponsor (Epic Kayaks), a new organization, $25,000 in prizes and a slightly modified course all add up to what looks like a cracker of a race.
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Tuesday, 10 June 2008 00:34

Reflections on Molokai 2008

[Editor: Itsuko Oda, the first Japanese woman to race Molokai sent us this personal race report following her marathon seven hour effort. Congratulations Itsuko!]

First of all, I would like to thank all the people who helped me make my long held dream of Molokai solo crossing come true.  I feel I would never have succeeded without their help and support.

Itsuko Oda, Molokai 2008
Post race relief! (Pic: Itsuko Oda)

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