The Maui Jim Maui 2 Molokai Challenge
Sat 23rd July 2016
Stand Up Paddle Association and Youth in Motion are bringing back the Maui 2 Molokai Challenge which was started back in 2003 with wind powered crafts. This will be their 13th year of celebrating the start of this world famous crossing of the Pailolo channel having introduced SUP back in 2008.
The Maui 2 Molokai Challenge originally started to celebrate the youth, the future generation of any sport and was part of a festival, an array of sports clinics on Molokai; all to celebrate the youth and focus on the opportunities that existed rather than the negatives. The channel crossing rose in popularity and then took a break as the focal point of Malama Park went through changes and hence the festival ceased. As the windsurf industry started to change to SUP, so did the Maui 2 Molokai Challenge and SUP was introduced in 2008 with a low key fun event that evolved over the years.
The purpose of this event is to bring the element of fun, a competitive aloha spirit of the essence of paddling with a good weekend on Molokai.The combination of the Maui 2 Molokai Challenge on Saturday 23rd July 2016 and the 4th annual Molokai 4 Molokai on Sunday 24th brings back a weekend of celebration. The event is open to all paddle craft.
Maui Jim is the Title sponsor for the event with the full support of the County of Maui and Hawaii Tourism Authority and finally with SIC as the industry sponsor. The relay format make this a great warm up to the M2O but also allows the international and mainland competitors to stay and get to know Molokai as they prepare for the M2O. Although this is primarily a relay event, the solo option is there and should still be a super fun and competitive race with the ultimate downwind run in the World. After all if you make it to Hawaii, it would be a shame not to take advantage of all the wonderful events that Hawaii has to offer during the summer months, with some of the best down wind racing in the world.