Molokai 2009 Update

Thursday, 19 March 2009 04:37 | Written by  Geoff Graf
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[Editor: here is some much anticipated and requested information about Molokai 2009 from Geoff Graf.]



This is in response to the many of you that have been inquiring regarding the 2009 Molokai World Championships.  Here is some rough and un-edited information on the race this year; this information is unofficial and subject to change but the dates are absolute. 

Please feel free to distribute as needed.

Perhaps the biggest changes are:

  • The elimination of mandatory escort boats
  • Entry Fee covers the cost of increased safety boats and the Makapuu Challenge race on 05/10/09
  • Makapuu Challenge Race 05/10/09
  • A halfway point in the Channel Race that all paddlers will need to pass - a waypoint will be given and GPS will be required - Two Official Boats will mark the waypoint.
  • Channel Race Finish returns to Koko Marina inside the marina

The website should be up by the end of the week; and

there should also be a link from 

You will be able to enter the race through the website.

Race details as follows:

Makapu'u Challenge, Presented by Epic Kayaks : 3 Star World Series race

  • Race Date : 10am, Sunday 10 May 2009.
  • Start : Makai Pier, Makapu'u, Oahu
  • Finish : Kaimana Beach, Waikiki (approx 100 yards south of Outrigger Canoe Club)
  • Distance : Approx 25 km
  • Course : Shoreline start to finish.
  • Entry Fee : $75 (included in Molokai to Oahu Entry Fee).
  • Escort Boats : None required. Race to provide three.
  • Safety equipment : TBA
  • Award Ceremony: At the finish.

Molokai World Surf-Ski Championships, Presented by Epic Kayaks : 4 Star World Series race

  • Race Date : 9am, 17 May 2009.
  • Start : Kaluakoi, Molokai
  • Finish : Koko Marina Shopping Center - Hawaii Kai Marina
  • Distance : Approx 28.2 Nautical Miles (52.2 km)
  • Course : From start to finish points with a way point halfway across the channel. It is mandatory for all competitors to go through the waypoint.
  • Craft : Surf-ski. OC-1 is welcome but take note that OC-1 Molokai World Championships is April 19 - this division will depend on the number of entries.
  • Entry Fee : $425 (includes Makapuu Challenge).
  • Escort boats : The race will provide one escort boat per 5-7 contestants. It is not mandatory for a competitor to have a personal escort boat, but if a competitor has a personal escort boat, the entry fee is reduced by $200.
  • Safety equipment : All competitors will need to have a cellphone, life jacket, leash from ski to person, flare. Race committee may also require IPERB GPS type units.
  • Award Ceremony: To be held 3 hrs after winner has finished. Will be held at (Koko Marina Shopping Center Main Stage ­ the finish line)
  • Prize money : TBA (will comply with US$25 000 minimum requirement for 4 Star World Series points)
  • Accommodation: Oahu Park Shore Waikiki (race rate is $79US Standard Room Double occupancy and $109 Run-of-Ocean Double occupancy) see helpful links below.
  • Transport of skis to Molokai : TBA ­

Helpful Links:

Airline Options - Honolulu to Molokai:

Oahu Accomodations:

Park Shore Waikiki

Reservations can be made via website at

  • Special Rate Access Code:  EPIC (not case sensitive).

Click here for detailed instructions on how to book at the Park Shore Waikiki

Reservations may also be made by contacting our toll free reservations line at 1-866-406-2782.  Please give the reservation agent your special EPIC Tournament traveler booking code:  EPIC.

Molokai Accommodations:

Other Molokai Accommodation Possibilities:

  • Ke Nani Kai Resort (various rental programs - located at Race Start)
  • Paniolo Hale (various rental programs - located at Race Start)

Both of these properties plus additional vacation rentals can be found at:

Rental Cars:

  • Molokai: Island Kine RAC, Phone: 1-866-537-7368

See also:

Molokai Airport Shuttle

  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Phone: 877.553.4477 Toll Free  

World Championships?

(Editor's note) We've had some queries about the term "world championships" as applied to the name of the race.  We prefer the name "Molokai Challenge" as believe it's a) more accurate and b) is the more used name.  After all, when did you last hear a paddler call the race anything but "Molokai" or "Molo" or, at the outside, "The Molokai Challenge"? 

However, the race has long been recognised as a kind of unofficial surfski world championships and in recent years the organisers have latched onto this for marketing purposes.

The fact is that until we have a governing body in surfski racing, anyone can call any race anything they like.

But the good news is that there is work afoot to create a world surfski federation - an independent body that will bring consistency and greater credibility to surfski racing without becoming a bureaucratic monolith.  Such a body would allow paddlers to decide which races (if any) are designated "world championships".

Stay tuned!

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