By Clare Seeger Mawae
The second race in the Makani Ikaika O Molokai stand-up paddle race series took place April 7 on the both the long and short courses.
The Stand-Up Paddle Association of Molokai held the race under conditions that were less windy than previous weeks but still a steady 25 knots at the start. During the race the wind dropped to 10-15 knots for the last few miles.
The wind made a big difference for the competitors. Leading youth racer Josie Mawae paddled a personal best of 50 minutes over the first five miles and then the winds dropped and so did her speed. She was still able to reach the finish at Kaunakakai Wharf in first place.
Runner-up youth champion from 2011 was Kekai Adachi, winning the short course in a credible time of 41.23 in the surfboard division. Solana Adachi followed shortly after.
Josie Mawae took honors in the 10-mile long course from Kamalo to Kaunakakai, along with Kavin Kuwamura who entered in the last minute.
This was another great event especially for those preparing for the Waikiki Paddle Festival, the Olokai, the Molokai Holokai, the Maliko Gulch Races, channel events, and other major events around the state.
SUPAM would like to thank Chris Cheney for volunteering to this series.
SUPAM encourages those interested in racing, volunteering or just to have some fun come join us for the rest of the season.
Contact Clare Mawae for more information at 808-336-0946 or go to the website supmolokai.org.
Upcoming races/training sessions:
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.