The 2018 Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard World Championship race will go down as one to remember with epic conditions challenging even the most experienced riders.
The Conditions were exactly what everyone had hoped for, howling wind and big swell!
In Australia we use the word "downwinder" when paddling in lakes or rivers with a bit of wind at our backs. Anyone who has paddled in the Ocean in swell breaking over your head and 25 mile/hour plus winds knows it's a completely different beast. Just standing up in those conditions would be a struggle for most paddlers, let alone doing it on an 18 foot long 24 wide SUP for over 5 hours!
The Mens Elite field saw 3 of the worlds top 10 athletes pull out of the race and Australia's Travis Grant crowned Champion for the second year in a row. The Women's field saw another Australian, Terrene Black take line honors for her 2nd Molokai Title. Terrene is a master in the Ocean and came in 10th overall beating home majority of her male combatants.
Blue Planet riders had a great day out, with Ty Judson finishing 6th in a time of 5 hours and 10 minutes and Nathan Cross, in his first M2O, finishing 8th in a time of 5 hours and 18 minutes. A great result for both guys and a great achievement to cross the channel in what can only be described as a brutal crossing testing mind and body to their limits. Congratulations also to Blue Planet CEO, Rob Stehlik who finished 2nd in the o50 Division. It was Robert's 9th crossing and another impressive performance.
A lot of hard work goes into just getting to the starting line up and the boys have definitely trained their butts off and the great results are a reflection of this.
Again, to all the competitors that managed to cross the channel. congratulations and well done on achieving a remarkable feat.
Full race results -> http://www.molokai2oahu.com/history/results/2018-race-results/