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Oscar Chalupsky to use V10E for Molokai Challenge

Saturday, 21 April 2007 18:06 |
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.

Molokai 2007 update

Friday, 16 February 2007 14:51 |
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.

Molokai 2007

Friday, 09 February 2007 16:32 |
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.

Molokai 2010 “Just surfing your brains out...” ** Full results **

Monday, 17 May 2010 07:07 |

Australian Olympian Clint Robinson (37) won his first Molokai Challenge yesterday in a time of 3:23:02, just 96 seconds outside of Dean Gardiner’s record set in 1997.

Molokai 2006 - Paddler Stories

Saturday, 27 May 2006 00:20 |

Thirty four or so surfski paddlers were privileged to take part in the Molokai Challenge last week...  Sitting here in cold rain-drenched Cape Town I could only imagine what it must have been like.  A couple of Molokai participants sent me some reminiscences of the race...

Molokai 2006 - Reports and Results

Monday, 22 May 2006 08:58 |

ImageSouth Africa's 21 year old Clint Pretorius beat Oscar Chalupsky in a tight finish in the Molokai Challenge surf ski race.   The two men paddled neck and neck across the channel.  Finally, Clint chose a better, seaward line at China walls at Hawaii Kai and gained on Oscar who stayed close to the wall.  

Although Oscar charged hard towards the finish, Clint was just able to hold the 11 time winner off for his own first victory.

Given the importance of experience in the race (the average age of the top ten paddlers excluding Clint being 36), Clint's victory was even more impressive.

Full results below...

Molokai Videos

Monday, 28 April 2008 03:46 |

We've been trolling around YouTube and found a couple of Molokai videos.  Check them out!


Kauai World Challenge - first reports

Sunday, 14 May 2006 09:17 |

Oscar Chalupsky reports from Hawaii:


Seven teams took part in the surfski section of the race.  South Africans featured in the first team home (Clint Pretorius/Eric Abbott) and the team that came second (Oscar Chalupsky/Ken Collins). 


(Clint's team mate, Eric Abbott is a 19 year old Hawaiian who paddles K1 and also is in the USA sprint team.)  


Ken Collins took the first leg and lead at the first change-over ahead of Eric Abbott and Joe Glickman...


Molokai – Perfect Forecast ** pics & video **

Friday, 14 May 2010 07:57 |

For the last three years the Kaiwi Channel hasn’t come out to play – but she’s back with a vengeance for the 2010 edition of the Molokai Challenge.

Molokai included in ISPA World Series

Tuesday, 20 April 2010 08:01 |

The nascent International Surfski Paddling Association today announced that a decision has been made to include Molokai in the 2010 ISPA World Series.

International Surfski Paddling Association

Clash with Durban

This follows widespread dismay in the surfski community at the clash of dates between the Dunlop World Cup in Durban, South Africa and the classic race in Hawaii.

The Durban race, usually held towards the end of June, was forced to change its date because of the Soccer World Cup, which is being held in South Africa.


The ISPA committee received many requests to include Molokai in its World Series.

Given that the date clash is a once off situation and that many of the top Australian paddlers had booked to fly to Molokai before the Durban date was announced, the ISPA committee has decided to include the Molokai results in the ISPA World Series.

“We received plenty of feedback regarding the Molokai /Durban clash,” said ISPA’s Rob Mousley, “and indeed in the circumstances, it does seem fair to include both races in the series for this year.

"After all, our objective is to encourage participation in our World Series!"

Objective Criteria for 2011

The ISPA is developing a rigorous and objective means of selecting races for the 2011 season.  Organizers will be invited to bid for ISPA World Series status, using a simple set of questions outlining such criteria as course, expected weather conditions, prize-money, ability to supply craft, and so on.


Icelandic ash permitting, the ISPA committee will hold its first formal meeting in Alicante, Spain on the weekend of 1 May, 2010.

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