Molokai-4-Molokai attracts international field for downwind race

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The 2014 M4Molokai on Sunday began from Kamalo with top SUP racers heading to catch the downwind swells outside the reef for the 8.5 mile race. Photo by 808photo.me

The 2014 M4Molokai on Sunday began from Kamalo with top SUP racers heading to catch the downwind swells outside the reef for the 8.5 mile race. Photo by 808photo.me


Geoffrey Bogar finished the 8.5-mile race in 0:57:38 on his surfski, the fastest overall time.Photo by 808photo.me

Geoffrey Bogar finished the 8.5-mile race in 0:57:38 on his surfski, the fastest overall time. Photo by 808photo.me


Cami Kimball was the fastest female on the 8.5 mile course in 1:01:05 in the OC-1 category. Photo by 808photo.me

Cami Kimball was the fastest female on the 8.5 mile course in 1:01:05 in the OC-1 category. Photo by 808photo.me


Richard Mariano  was the first OC-1 men's finisher in 1:00:09. Photo by 808photo.me

Richard Mariano was the first OC-1 men’s finisher in 1:00:09. Photo by 808photo.me


By Clare Mawae

Molokai was the center of stand-up paddling activity last weekend with the most epic wind and amazing downwind paddling conditions. Molokai came through with a dream weekend of paddling with two incredible races touching the Molokai shores.

Alex Mawae, 12, was the top youth finisher, completing the 8.5-mile course in 1:20:24. Photo courtesy of 808photo.me

Alex Mawae, 12, was the top youth finisher, completing the 8.5-mile course in 1:20:24. Photo courtesy of 808photo.me


On Saturday was the Maui-2-Molokai race where 80-plus competitors crossed the Pailolo Channel from Maui to Kaunakakai Wharf on Molokai. In a close finish, Connor Baxter placed first in 3:04:31 followed by Kai Lenny (3:06:44) and Dave Kalama (3:08:58). Almost half of the participants stayed over on Molokai to compete in the Molokai-4-Molokai race the following day, making this the ultimate weekend of paddling.

The M4M race started from Kamalo Wharf and finished at Hotel Molokai, an 8.5 mile perfect downwinder for both novices and advanced paddlers. Kamalo was certainly the hub of activity on Sunday morning with smiling faces, happy people, friends and families coming to support the start of the race. A beautiful pule at the start of the briefing, a blessing of rain from the skies, the wind filling in and ocean swells rising. The stand-up paddlers did a beach start with three course options allowing all levels to compete in their comfort zone and the canoe paddlers followed 15 minutes later with a water start out in the channel.

The SUP finish was incredible for the top three as spectators cheered them on as they paddled their hearts out to the finish line. New Zealand paddler Armie Armstrong took the ultimate last few stokes with a winning time of 1:03:46, with the Brazilian paddler Vinnicius Martins in second place in 1:03:51. Japan’s Tomo Murabayashi finished third with a time of 1:03:52. The crowd was certainly treated to an incredible finish at Hotel Molokai by these international athletes. To bring the whole finish alive Rick Schonely, Eddie Tanaka and friends played music to welcome them in.

The weekend conditions were some of the best that the state has had in months and the fleet of OC1’s, SUP’s, surfskis and OC2’s had a blast with this ocean run. The line up for this year’s Molokai event was global with a battle of the nations as New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, Australia, Hawaii, Mainland USA, and Ireland paddled it out with record times.

Overall men's SUP winners were Armie Armstrong, center, in first place; Vinnicius Martins, left, second and Tomo Murabayashi, third.

Overall men’s SUP winners were Armie Armstrong, center, in first place; Vinnicius Martins, left, second and Tomo Murabayashi, third.


The Molokai OC1/ski paddlers also showed that they were certainly not slow with Geoff Bogar taking the overall time of 57:38 on his ski, and Molokai’s Richard Mariano following a few seconds behind on his OC1 with a time of 1:00:09. Cami Kimball was third fastest overall, taking the women’s first place trophy with a time of 1:01:05. What an inspiration was Camie from Molokai along with Kathy Shipman and Peggy King from Maui. A great showing from the Molokai competitors with all of them knocking 15-20 minutes off their last year’s times.

Twelve-year-old Alex Mawae certainly showed he is an up-and-coming force, knocking 20 minutes off his time from the previous year while his sister Josie also did great as they both won their youth divisions.

Other Molokai mentions who took first in their divisions were Todd Yamashita, David Lichtenstein, Jesse Ford, Brandi and Bobbi Morris, Geoff Bogar and, not to forget, both Coral Gonzales and Desiree Puhi giving everyone a run for their money on their OC1’s. If you missed out on this year’s event, then mark your calendars for July 2015!

The top three female SUP paddlers were Kathy Shipman, Pen Strickland and Jennifer Lee.

The top three female SUP paddlers were Kathy Shipman, Pen Strickland and Jennifer Lee.



Official results

(Results can also be viewed on supmolokai.org/results)

Surf Ski
1st Bogar Geoffrey 0:57:38

OC1 Mens
1st Mariano Richard 1:00:09
2nd Faria Fabiano 1:08:58

OC1 Womens
1st Kimball Cami 1:01:05
2nd Gonzales Coral 1:01:56
3rd Puhi Desiree 1:02:18

OC2 Womens

1st Morris Brandi 1:17:09
1st Morris Bobbi 1:17:09

SUP Open Mens
1st Armstrong Armie 1:03:46
2nd Martins Vinnicius 1:03:51
3rd Murabayashi Tomo 1:03:52

SUP Open Women
1st Shipman Kathy 1:06:55
2nd Strickland Pen 1:09:04
3rd Lee Jennifer 1:14:30

SUP 14 Mens

1st Chaer Antonio 1:12:38
2nd Chutorianscy Candido 1:14:09
3rd Valongo Fabio 1:16:27

SUP 14 Womens
1st Hoesterey Morgan 1:23:46
2nd Madosik Nicole 1:23:53
3rd Suda Jaecey 1:24:03

SUP 12’6
1st Yamashita Todd 1:18:31

SUP Mens 50
1st Leion Gregg 1:09:54
2nd Feldman Brad 1:10:48
3rd Gray Warwick 1:17:42

SUP womens 50
1st King Peggy 1:18:09
2nd Goodman Torrey 1:27:50
3rd Annerud Carolyn 1:33:13

SUP Juniors 16 & Under Boys
1st Mawae Alex 1:20:24

SUP Juniors 16 & Under Girls

1st Mawae Josie 1:35:59

SUP Mens Surf
1st Lichtenstein David 1:33:57
2nd Purdy Chavis 1:38:08

SUP Womens Surf
1st Ford Jessie 1:38:19
2nd Feldman Andrea 1:57:28

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