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Saturday, 19 May 2007 08:04 | Category : Latest Surfski News

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.


Friday, 18 May 2007 07:43 | Category : Latest Surfski News
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.

Wednesday, 16 May 2007 06:14 | Category : Latest Surfski News

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.

Tuesday, 15 May 2007 14:35 | Category : Latest Surfski News

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.

Thursday, 10 May 2007 18:16 | Category : Latest Surfski News

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.

Monday, 30 April 2007 03:54 | Category : Latest Surfski News

ImageOne 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.

Monday, 23 April 2007 14:23 | Category : Latest Surfski News
Image[Editor - I found this on Heather Nelson's blog.  She kindly gave us permission to use it on  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!!!
Sunday, 22 April 2007 09:29 | Category : Latest Surfski News

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.

Saturday, 21 April 2007 18:06 | Category : Latest Surfski News
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.

Saturday, 10 March 2007 01:32 | Category : Latest Surfski News

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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