Surftech — a leading surfboard, stand-up paddleboard and paddleboard manufacturer — announced today that it will be the official board sponsor of the 2014 Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships on July 27.
Surftech, founded in 1989 by board designer Randy French, celebrates its 25th anniversary building advanced composite surfboards, paddleboards and stand up paddleboards this year.
“We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate this 25-year milestone than by supporting the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships and the passionate and determined group of athletes who choose to take on the ‘Channel of Bones’ each year,” said French.
Collaborations such as this, with a prestigious event like the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, is a natural fit for Surftech.
“Every board we make is developed with performance in mind, so to showcase our brand and boards at the world’s premier paddleboard race, is an incredible opportunity for us,” said Duke Brouwer, Surftech Marketing Director. “We are honored to be working with the M2O and we look forward to this being the start of a long and successful relationship.”
With just under four months left until the event, Surftech/Bark team riders — including Morgan Hoesterey (Women’s Stock SUP), Matt Becker (Men’s 14′ SUP), Leane Darling (Women’s UL Paddleboard), Savannah Shaughnessy (Women’s Stock Paddleboard), Jack Bark (Men’s Stock Paddleboard) Alison Riddle (Prone Relay) and defending stock paddleboard champion Zeb Walsh — are in the midst of their training and are driven and determined to push themselves to new heights in the channel this year.
In its 18th year, the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships (M2O), presented by Kona Longboard Island Lager, is set for Sunday, July 27. Founded in 1997, 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 prone (traditional) and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP).
Connecting the islands of Molokai and Oahu, the 32-mile race crosses the Ka’iwi Channel. Men and women from more than 20 countries will face strong currents as they navigate the fastest downwind route over one of the deepest channels in the world. Top athletes can complete the crossing in less than five hours, riding mid-channel waves that can crest more than 12 feet and carry paddlers hundreds of meters at a time.
M2O starts on Kaluakoi Beach on the west shore of Molokai and finishes in Maunalua Bay on the south shore of Oahu. The annual race is a deeply personal experience, challenging every paddler’s physical and mental endurance. Every finisher experiences an individual championship.
For more information, go to molokai2oahu.com.