The 16th Annual Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboarding World Championships takes place on July 29, 2012. The race crosses the Kaiwi Channel that connects the Islands of Molokai and Oahu. This 32 mile journey across the 2300 foot deep channel has challenged athletes since the first organized outrigger race in 1952.
Competitors can choose to race in either the traditional Paddleboard or the Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) as a solo paddler or as a 2 or 3 person team. The solo paddlers can choose to paddle in either the unlimited class (no size limit and with a movable rudder system) or stock class (12 feet or under for paddleboard, 14 foot or under in SUP with fixed rudder). Two-man teams are stock boards only and three-man teams are geared for the non elite paddler and teams can use unlimited boards of any length.
Entry fee includes t-shirt, race jersey, light lunch and refreshments at the finish, and awards dinner. Extra dinners $30.00.
Event schedule and times
Race Day: July 29, 2012:
6:45 AM Pre-race Pule (Hawaiian Prayer)
7:30 AM SOLO Paddleboard and SUP Division Start
8:00 AM 2-Man SUP and Paddleboard Relay Division Start
8:10 AM 3-Man SUP and Paddleboard Relay Division Start
10:00 AM Event Expo Opens on Oahu
11:30 AM Top Finishers expected at finish line
12:00 PM Lunch Service Begins
2:00 PM Elite Winners Presentation (Media Event)
4:00 PM Expo Closes/Lunch Service Closes
7:00 PM Awards Party at Outrigger Canoe Club