May 03, 2018
No big surprises in the finish of the 2018 Olukai Ho'olaule'a race this past weekend. The big surprise was the conditions. Paddlers were met with no wind and crazy big swells the morning of the race. Despite the conditions, Baxter and Honscheid dominated their races and came away victorious.
CONNOR BAXTER AND SONNI HÖNSCHEID WIN 2018 OLUKAI HO’OLAULE’A
Paddling out of Maliko Gulch for the start of the 10th annual OluKai Ho'o on a windless Sunday morning, 10 to 12-foot swell took the place of the usual trade winds for a downwind race unlike anything we've seen. Photo: Frank Forbes (@forbeshawaii)
Yesterday, racers in the 10th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a downwind race took to Maui’s north shore in uniquely challenging conditions.
After the race was postponed from Saturday to Sunday due to inclement weather (dumping sheets of rain and 15-knot onshore gusts), Sunday’s race arrived without the usual trade winds that grace the Maliko Run, the seven-mile stretch of coastline running from Maliko Gulch to Kanaha Beach Park where the OluKai Ho’o takes place. Instead of the wind came another force--10 to 12-foot swell providing some of the biggest surf the island has seen yet this year.
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