June 28, 2018

The 2018 Maui Jim Molokai Challenge proved to be a day where records fell and paddlers enjoyed some great conditions. 


The 2018 Maui Jim Molokai Challenge had 182 registered paddlers chomping to cross what promised to be an epic day, with solid trade winds and a rising tide.  There was no disappointment as Cory Hill shattered Dean Gardiner's 21 year old record by over 6 minutes with a time of 3 hours 15 minutes and 9 seconds.  Hayley Nixon also broke Lauren Spalding's 2010 record by nearly 8 minutes, becoming the first female to break the 4 hour mark with a time of3:52:32.

Kainoa Tanoai repeated as the OC-1 champion for the men beating his 2017 time by nearly 30 minutes, in3:38:47, with Andrea Moller winning the women's division in4:15:03.  Last but not least was Hiroki Obiya from Japan finishing on an SUP in a time of7:18:58.

This year's race brought back the traditional finish at Koko Marina Center, fronting Kona Brewing Co's Koko Brew Pub where the paddlers stayed put for local tap beer and delicious food until after the awards ceremony.  A successful event left everyone with smiles.

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