6th Annual Bluesmiths Paddle IMUA Recap

Kody Kerbox en route to winning the unlimited SUP division. Photo courtesy of Paddle Imua.

6th Annual Bluesmiths Paddle Imua Recap

What a difference a week makes.

After a torrential storm wreaked havoc on last weekend’s Olukai Ho’olaulea, this past weekend’s 6th Annual Bluesmiths Paddle Imua went off without a hitch under brilliant sunny skies and whipping winds. The benefit race to support Camp Imua–a week-long recreational camp for kids with disabilities–brought over 200 eager downwind paddlers to compete on the world-famous Maliko Run.

While this multi-discipline race is about having a good time for a good cause, that doesn’t mean the participants weren’t gunning for victory.

Several of the sport’s top names participated in the event, with Kody Kerbox claiming victory in the Men’s SUP Unlimited class and seven-time Olukai winner Andrea Moller taking home top honors for the Women’s Unlimited.

Andrea Moller doing what she does best, gliding down the Maliko Run. Photo courtesy of Paddle Imua.

"Today, the conditions were epic,” Moller said. “The wind was really good, the current was good, there were plenty of bumps that created surf and you could just surf the glides. So it was just a lot of fun, basically.”

In the 14′ SUP class, it was Maui downwind specialist Josh Riccio who took the victory.

Perhaps the most talked about performance came from 13-year-old Finn Spencer. He managed to finish fifth overall in the SUP division and led most of the race on his SUP hydrofoil. In fact, his time of 1:10:48 was just over three-and-a-half minutes off Kerbox’s fast time in the unlimited category.

13-year-old Finn Spencer riding high on the Maliko Run. Photo courtesy of Paddle Imua.

"It was pretty cool to be the only person competing in hydrofoil today because I could just go out and have fun,” Spencer said. “I was the first person to the jetty, but some other guys passed me on the way. This wasn't my first Maliko downwinder, but this was my first Paddle Imua. The conditions were perfect. It was super fun."

His run would turn plenty of heads. We’ll keep a close eye on both Spencer and his hydrofoil, both of which figure to play a large role in SUP racing’s future landscape.

Following the race, participants shared stories, brews, and bites at the ‘Ohana Festival. This included cultural entertainment provided by the Old Lahaina Lūʻau, a Keiki Activity Zone and a SIC Maui Fun Relay Race.

Overall, the race was chalked up as a resounding success.

"Bluesmiths Paddle Imua 2017 was a phenomenal event,” said John Smalley, Founder of Bluesmiths. “210 Maui and international athletes came together to support children with special needs. Conditions were all time on the Maliko Run and new bench-marks in foiling were set."

Full Results

SUP 12'6" No rudder – Men

  1. Robert Territettay – 1:16:19
  2. Alex Mawae – 1:33:26
  3. Searay Beltran – 1:45:48

SUP 12'6" No rudder – Women

  1. Allison Manditt – 2:05:41
  2. Kathy Powers – 2:17:41
  3. Heidi Sarkozy – 2:27:32

 SUP 14' No Rudder – Men

  1. Josh Riccio – 1:08:14
  2. Travis Baptiste – 1:08:51
  3. Ethan Koopmans – 1:14:17

 SUP 14' No Rudder – Women

  1. Alyssa Joy – 1:37:41
  2. Jaecey Suda – 1:43:59
  3. Natalie Fon – 1:44:48

 SUP Unlimited – Men

  1. Kody Kerbox – 1:07:13
  2. Jeremy Riggs – 1:08:00
  3. Bert Rodriger – 1:10:49

SUP Unlimited – Women

  1. Andrea Moller – 1:13:54
  2. Devin Blish – 1:16:53
  3. Sharon Baldwin – 1:37:27

Surf Ski

  1. Michael Owens – 1:01:30
  2. Eric Rohozinski – 1:07:09
  3. Richard Spork – 1:08:49

Prone Paddleboard

  1. Zadoc Brown III – 1:39:37

Hydrofoil SUP

  1. Finn Spencer – 1:10:48

OC-1 – Men

  1. Lopaka White – 1:04:40
  2. JB Guard – 1:06:41
  3. Quinn Whitford – 1:07:10

OC-1 – Women

  1. Kathy Shipman – 1:11:37
  2. Dane Ward – 1:12:25
  3. Fiona Van Ammers – 1:13:07

OC-2

  1. Kristina Dougherty & Lee Moyers – 1:04:17
  2. Michael Giblin & Little Michael Giblin – 1:07:20
  3. Kevin Ledesma & Chuck Santiago – 1:11:10

OC-6

  1. Team Jurassic – 1:20:07
  2. Hawaiian Canoe Club – 1:25:53
  3. Goodfellow – 1:28:38

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