Twelve-year-old Alex Mawae took the short course by storm with a first place finish in the 13-and-under division at the Hui O He’e Nalu Independence Day Paddleboard and Stand Up Paddle race on Saturday.
Mawae was among 300-plus paddlers in the short course of the Oahu paddle race. Overall, Mawae finished 23rd in a virtual no-wind race competing against many of the state’s top paddlers.
Mawae’s older sister Josie also put in a credible finish to the short course while his mom Clare Mawae finished second in her division with a solid and respectable time in the long course.
The short course ran from Sunset Beach to Waimea, a four-mile distance, while the seven-mile long course started from Turtle Bay. The conditions looked promising in the morning with trades kicking in and small bumps for riding. However, a rain squall came in which turned the race into a light wind event with a focus on keeping a solid pace.
This is one of the more fun events in Hawaii with many people participating in many age divisions. The conditions did not matter as it was all about having fun with paddling, said Clare Mawae.
Next on the list for the Josie and Alex Mawae will be the local Molokai event, M4Molokai, on July 13, which goes eight miles from Kamalo to Hotel Molokai. The following weekend on Maui, the Adventure Sports Maui Paddleboard race is on the schedule with a 9.54-mile course that runs from Maliko Gulch To Kahului Harbor and finishes at the Hawaiian Canoe Club.