Day Two welcomed the second event of the Maui Pro-Am, an eight-mile distance race on Maui’s famous Downwind Run from Maliko Gulch to the finish at Kanaha Beach Park. The day’s race was preceded by a youth Supsquatch race at Kanaha Beach, where the island’s community gathered to watch the future of the sport pile onto two massive inflatables with eight kids to a board for a race around an offshore buoy and back through the finish line at Kanaha.
By early afternoon, the excitement was peaking in Maliko Gulch as the APP World Tour athletes lined up for the start of the distance race. The Maliko is widely known as the best downwind run on earth with the Maui trade winds supplying world-class conditions for bump riding.
However, today those trade winds were nowhere to be found, and as the contenders filed out of the Gulch into the open Pacific for the start hardly a whisper of wind was present to help propel them down the coast to Kanaha. These conditions made for an all-out flatwater endurance grind in sweltering heat, as well as an immaculate setting that showcased the incredible fitness of these paddlers as well as the pristine beauty of Maui.