Molokai-2-Oahu World Championship sells out in record time

| May 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Waitlist open for prospective paddlers who wish to compete in 2013 event

In 2010, the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championship sold out for the first time ever.

Now, organizers of the 17th annual Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships (M2O), presented by Kona Longboard Island Lager, announced this week that the 2013 race sold out in record time — three months in advance of its July 28 race date. This is the fourth consecutive year M2O has sold out.

Jamie Mitchell, 16 miles into his 10th consecutive victory in the 32-mile crossing of the Kaiwi Channel in 2011. With Mitchell no longer competing, this year's Molokai-2-Oahu World Championship is wide open. Photo: Bernie Baker 

Jamie Mitchell, 16 miles into his 10th consecutive victory in the 32-mile crossing of the Kaiwi Channel in 2011. With Mitchell no longer competing, this year’s Molokai-2-Oahu World Championship is wide open. Photo: Bernie Baker 


Paddlers wishing to be placed on the waitlist are encouraged to sign up by visiting Molokai2Oahu.com. Open positions in the solo and team divisions will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Traditional (prone) and stand up paddleboarders (SUP) from 20 countries around the world will compete in a 32-mile race across the infamous Kaiwi channel, also known as the Channel of Bones, between the islands of Molokai and Oahu.

To experience the enormity of the M2O challenge, check out the new video titled Isolation on the race’s YouTube channel.

M2O’s returning corporate partners include presenting sponsor, Kona Longboard Island Lager, Dukes, Maui Jim, Garmin, GoPro, Teva, Patagonia, Rogue SUP, Watermen’s Applied Science and Sambazon. M2O is proud to welcome new partnerships with Lifeproof, Futures Fins and Pflueger Honda.

Combined, these partnerships speak to the event’s growing local and international popularity and importance as one of the world’s ultimate challenges.

“The addition of this year’s new partners is a show of support for paddleboarding and the outstanding athletes who test themselves in the sport’s ultimate challenge,” said M2O Event Director Shannon Delaney. “This race is a lifetime achievement for all athletes who complete the crossing. Congratulations to all who have done it and thanks to our partners for making M2O a success.”

For complete race details visit Molokai2Oahu.com, and find M2O on Facebook and Twitter for event updates.

Founded in 1997, the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, presented by Kona Longboard Island Lager, is set to celebrate its 17th anniversary on Sunday, July 28.

M2O has grown from a grassroots challenge for the legendary lifeguards and watermen of Oahu to the premier event for the sport of paddleboarding, annually crowning world champions in the two disciplines of traditional (prone) and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). The fastest athletes complete the crossing in less than five hours, which begins on Kaluakoi Beach on the west shore of Molokai and finishes in Maunalua Bay on the south shore of Oahu.

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