Molokai 2006 - Reports and Results

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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...

Personal Stories

Mark Sandvold (6th overall) was accompanied (briefly) by a large intruder who may have been a visitor from Cape Town...

"It was a great day for SA and the V-10. Clint proved himself as a great contender in the water and in the bar after the race. He and Oscar kept near me for the first hour or two, or should I say correctly I did everything I could to keep up with them and give them course guidance as they did not have an on board GPS.

It will go down in Hawaiian standards as one of the best races ever.

Two Hours into the race a very large great white pulled up under maybe a meter under me and matched my speed and then pulled off and breached with a 2 foot dorsal fin in the air. I thought I was a goner and the heart rate monitor reflected that as well.

Kenny collins had an outstanding race on the new V-10L with a sub 4 hour performance and his best finish ever!! I myself finished 6th overall and first Hawaiian finisher overall. "  

He went on, "they say that when you see [a shark] at close range that it is a life changing experience. Well let me tell you that this was that and then some. Suddenly the race became very insignificant. This Shark was every bit as long as my ski and the most significant thing that caught my attention was the width of it, at least 2 meters or more across and it was very fast. Being an ex-airforce F-15 pilot it reminded me of a rejoin with a fighter as it matched my speed and came up on me and then qucikly broke left. We had several thousand Mahimahi (Dorado) migrating throught the channel and that may explain his presence. " 

Results  

Place

Name

Age

Age Group

Time

Pace

1

Clint Pretorius

21

1 M  0-99

3:22:14.7

6:19/M

2

Oscar Chalupsky

43

2 M  0-99

3:22:42.1

6:20/M

3

Clint Robinson

33

3 M  0-99

3:23:01.7

6:21/M

4

Dean Gardner

35

4 M  0-99

3:30:34.0

6:35/M

5

Lewis Laughlin

36

5 M  0-99

3:34:12.5

6:42/M

6

Mark Sandvold

38

6 M  0-99

3:37:45.0

6:48/M

7

Damien Daley

25

7 M  0-99

3:45:39.7

7:03/M

8

Kane Henssner

38

8 M  0-99

3:45:57.6

7:04/M

9

Ken Collins

34

9 M  0-99

3:49:35.2

7:10/M

10

Paul Wilford

39

10 M  0-99

3:52:14.9

7:15/M

11

Steve Kelly

32

11 M  0-99

3:53:21.5

7:18/M

12

Patrick Hemmens

42

12 M  0-99

3:59:21.3

7:29/M

13

Eric Abbott

18

13 M  0-99

4:04:26.9

7:38/M

14

Kaihe Chong

16

14 M  0-99

4:09:24.0

7:48/M

15

Danny Topfer

35

15 M  0-99

4:11:41.6

7:52/M

16

Greg Mickel

45

16 M  0-99

4:17:18.5

8:02/M

17

Dave Jensen

41

17 M  0-99

4:18:54.2

8:05/M

18

Karl Treacher

34

18 M  0-99

4:20:30.2

8:08/M

19

Jimmy Kincaid

56

19 M  0-99

4:20:43.7

8:09/M

20

John Hoogsteden

39

20 M  0-99

4:22:26.2

8:12/M

21

Maggie Twigg-Smith

31

1 F  0-99

4:27:05.6

8:21/M

22

Joe Glickman

46

21 M  0-99

4:38:25.0

8:42/M

23

Kennie Denton

49

22 M  0-99

4:38:43.4

8:43/M

24

Deanne Hemmens

41

2 F  0-99

4:47:28.8

8:59/M

25

Rene Appel

42

23 M  0-99

4:48:04.8

9:00/M

26

Robert Wall

33

24 M  0-99

4:50:59.0

9:06/M

27

Troy Griffin

41

25 M  0-99

4:57:45.7

9:18/M

28

Kenneth Howell

44

26 M  0-99

4:57:59.7

9:19/M

29

Craig Vipond

45

27 M  0-99

5:00:42.0

9:24/M

30

Curt Contrell

46

28 M  0-99

5:17:59.5

9:56/M

31

Dixon John

47

29 M  0-99

5:25:41.6

10:11/M

32

Jon Dingley

39

30 M  0-99

5:48:38.1

10:54/M

33

John Payne

43

31 M  0-99

6:16:16.1

11:46/M

34

Kenneth Moore

50

32 M  0-99

6:33:10.6

12:17/M


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