The Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championship (M2O), the Superbowl of SUP, took place this weekend. An armada of more than 250 athletes on both prone and stand-up paddleboards (SUP) attempted the 32-mile, open-ocean crossing of the infamous Ka’iwi (kah-EE-vee) Channel, also known as the Molokai Channel. Sunday, July 31, 2011 produced favorable race conditions with 15 to 20-knot winds and eight foot swells.
Eric was using a 17’6 Nidecker Board with Rudder and a Kia Loa Torro Paddle.
We had briefly spoken to Eric right before the race:
Hi Eric, 2 days down to the big race. How’s Hawaii and how do you feel? How did you prepare for the race?
“After 1 week in Hawai today is my last day of training before the Molokai2Oahu Race. I’ve spent the week practicing with Ekolu Kalama and his parents Jerome and Choppie, we did SUP, surf and canoe paddling, perfect cross training ! Last sunday we did a 27 miles downwind with Ekolu between Maui and Molokai as a warm up before the 32 miles Oahu2Molokai”
Eric has also kindly send us some pictures (below)
Overall winner of the SUP divison was Connor Baxter. The 16-year-old from the island of Maui finished in 4:26:10 (average pace 8:20), taking down Dave Kalama’s record time from 2010 (4:54:15) by nearly 30 minutes, followed by Scott Gamble and Livio Menelau.
Annabel Anderson finished 3rd in the women’s unlimited division in 5:34:09 (average pace 10:27). Women’s winner was big wave surfer Andrea Moller who staged a repeat performance from 2010, finishing at the top of the women’s SUP field in a time of 5:26:51. She beat her own record of 6:00:00.
Annabel getting fit for M20 in a 92km Spain Ocean Crossing with Belar Diaz and Fred Bonnef
And here is a video from the race