By Clare Seeger Mawae
SUPAM (Stand Up Paddle Association of Molokai) had a training run on March 24 that replaced race two of the season. Race number two had to be cancelled because of new permit rules.
No matter on the status of the event, everyone set his or her stop watches to race the 10 miles to Kaunakakai Harbor. The wind was blowing a good 30 knots, making it a lot of fun both inside the reef and out in the blue.
Nine-year-old Alex Mawae and 11-year-old Josie headed to the outside after one mile into the course followed by Jesseca Oswald. The positioning of the three went back and forth and Josie and Alex flew as they surfed the swells to the pier. In the last mile, the kids just battled it out for who was going to hit land first. Clare then had to work it to be the official timekeeper and Jesseca took the rear so the kids could battle it out for first and second place.
Alex finished in a credible time of 1 hour, 53 minutes, 4 seconds and his sister Josie shortly behind him in 1.53:22. An incredible day on the ocean allowing this training run to set the pace of future events to come.
Josie and Alex are looking forward to the next event with even more determination to cut back on their times. SUPAM would like to thank Chris Cheney for escorting the run in his boat, which gave the kids confidence to head outside the reef and ride the ocean swells.
This is a great event to use as training for bigger events to come and SUPAM encourage those interested in racing or just to have some fun come join them for the season.
Contact Clare Mawae for more information at 808-336-0946 or go to the website supmolokai.org.
Upcoming Races/Training sessions:
1. Saturday, April 7, 1:30 p.m. (1.1 ft.) start rising tide till 4:20 p.m. (2.2 ft.).
2. Saturday, April 21, 1:00 p.m. (1.1 ft.) start rising tide till 3:52 p.m. (2.0 ft.).
3. Saturday, May 5, noon start (1.0 ft.) rising tide till 3:15 p.m. (2.4 ft.).
4. Saturday, May 19, noon (1.2 ft.) rising tide till 3:04 p.m. (2.2 ft.) – Molokai Holokai Race, Kamalo Harbor to Hotel Molokai (8.5 miles) – both divisions, and bonus points for the series – contact the Ohana Surf Club for more information.
5. Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m. (1.1 ft.) rising tide till 2:20 p.m. (2.5 ft.) – This event is pending confirmation.