Lenny, Hönscheid Win 20th Annual Molokai 2 Oahu, Multiple New Records Set

Contenders hammer into the Channel of Bones celebrating two decades of the Molokai 2 Oahu World Championships. Photo: Aaron Black-Schmidt
Contenders hammer into the Channel of Bones celebrating two decades of the Molokai 2 Oahu World Championships. Photo: Aaron Black-Schmidt

Lenny, Hönscheid Win 20th Annual Molokai 2 Oahu, Multiple New Records Set

Storied. Fabled. Legendary. Epic.

Every bit of clichéd sensationalism in the dictionary couldn't describe what happened today at the 20th anniversary Molokai 2 Oahu World Championships.

Hawaii's own Kai Lenny set a new M2O record with his first-ever victory. Returning women's champ Sonni Hönscheid set her own record winning her third in a string of consecutive M2O titles, a claim no other paddler can match. There was even a new record set in the prone division, courtesy of champion paddler, Matt Bevilacqua. The scene at Oahu's Maunalua Bay was a finish too good to be scripted.

Conditions weren't all-time, but no one was complaining as 10- to 15-knot easterly winds, two- to three-foot favorable swell and a rising tide propelled competitors across the 32-mile Channel of Bones from Molokai's Kakaao Gulch to Oahu's Maunalua Bay. For racers, it was a breath of fresh air after last year's windless slog between the islands.

Photo courtesy of Molokai2Oahu
Kai Lenny, focused in record-time. Photo courtesy of Molokai2Oahu

Lenny found his win with a record-time of 4:07:41, besting rival and three-time M2O champ Connor Baxter's 2014 record by 27 seconds. The victory is "a dream come true" for Lenny, who spent the last four years hunting an M2O title with top-4 finishes each year, including a runner-up victory behind 2015 champ, Travis Grant, who finished second today. Connor Baxter rounded out the top-3 with a time of 4:16:19, after the leading trio broke away from a stacked pack of hungry elite racers, including in-form Aussies James "Jimmy" Casey, Toby Cracknell and Matt Nottage, who finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

"I don't think I've ever been that focused in a race before," Lenny said at the finish. "This is by far the hardest event I've ever done."

Sonni Hönscheid reflects after claiming her third-straight M2O title

On the women's side, returning champ Sonni Hönscheid further synched her stranglehold as the queen of M2O, claiming her third consecutive first-place title. No other competitor in the history of the event has ever won three races in a row. Kiwi powerhouse and last year's runner-up Annabel Anderson clung tightly to Hönscheid for a solid first-half of the race before Hönscheid gained a considerable lead that she held to the finish. Australia's 2013 M2O champ Terrene Black delivered a commendable third-place finish among the women.

We'll be updating results as they come in. Check back tomorrow for a full gallery and further details from the 20th annual Molokai 2 Oahu World Championship!

 

Kai Lenny comes across the finish line

Full SUP Solo Results

1 10 4:07:41 Kai Lenny US 1 SUP UNL M-Overall
1 28 4:40:50 Niuhiti Buillard French Polynesia 1 SUP STK M-Overall
2 18 4:10:14 Travis Grant US 2 SUP UNL M-Overall
2 22 4:45:59 Danny Ching US 2 SUP STK M-Overall
3 33 4:16:19 Connor Baxter US 3 SUP UNL M-Overall
3 19 4:48:11 Travis Baptiste US 3 SUP STK M-Overall
4 51 4:16:53 James Casey Australia 1 SUP UNL M01-29
4 21 4:57:51 Rory Chapman Australia 1 SUP STK M01-29
5 56 4:19:03 Toby Cracknell Australia 2 SUP UNL M01-29
5 23 4:58:30 Kaihe Chong US 2 SUP STK M01-29
6 96 4:21:17 Vinnicius Martins Brazil 3 SUP UNL M01-29
6 101 5:16:07 Yoshiaki Nagamatsu Japan 1 SUP STK M40-49
7 102 4:21:44 Matt Nottage Australia 4 SUP UNL M01-29
7 84 5:26:40 Ethan Koopmans South Africa 3 SUP STK M01-29
8 82 4:30:39 Kenny Kaneko Japan 5 SUP UNL M01-29
8 124 5:54:32 Craig Winnett Singapore 1 SUP STK M50-99
9 108 4:35:15 Josh Riccio US 6 SUP UNL M01-29
9 117 5:56:51 Jason Stephens US 2 SUP STK M40-49
10 93 4:40:58 Kelly Margetts Australia 1 SUP UNL M40-49
10 87 6:04:32 Harry Lee Australia 4 SUP STK M01-29
11 71 4:44:50 Luiz Carlos Guida Brazil 1 SUP UNL M30-39
11 69 6:10:28 Chuck Glynn US 5 SUP STK M01-29
12 40 4:46:47 Takuji Araki Japan 2 SUP UNL M40-49
12 123 6:11:55 John Walsh US 3 SUP STK M40-49
13 100 4:51:07 Tomoyasu Murabayashi Japan 2 SUP UNL M30-39
13 116 6:15:31 Robert Stehlik US 4 SUP STK M40-49
14 31 5:01:40 Sonja Hönscheid Germany 1 SUP UNL F-Overall
14 38 6:49:48 John Alexiou US 2 SUP STK M50-99
15 29 5:17:26 Annabel Anderson NEW ZEALAND 2 SUP UNL F-Overall
15 118 6:50:34 Terry Stevens Virgin Islands 3 SUP STK M50-99
16 121 5:18:07 Sam Thom New Zealand 7 SUP UNL M01-29
16 105 7:16:20 Kerstin Ouellet US 1 SUP STK F-Overall
17 35 5:31:45 Terrene Black Australia 3 SUP UNL F-Overall
17 88 7:25:38 Vince Longo US 5 SUP STK M40-49
18 78 5:31:52 Noah Ho’omaikelani Garfield US 3 SUP UNL M30-39
19 99 5:32:09 Heath Meldrum Australia 4 SUP UNL M30-39
20 39 5:34:59 Will Anido Australia 3 SUP UNL M40-49
21 95 5:53:53 James Martindale US 4 SUP UNL M40-49
22 48 5:55:07 Patrick Broemmel US 5 SUP UNL M40-49
23 26 6:00:02 Andrew Logreco US 5 SUP UNL M30-39
24 98 6:03:48 Scott McPhail US 1 SUP UNL M50-59
25 72 6:03:58 Lena Guimarñes Ribeiro Brazil 1 SUP UNL Female
26 103 6:09:02 Kieran O’ Riordan Ireland 6 SUP UNL M30-39
27 80 6:26:12 Kevin Horgan US 2 SUP UNL M50-59
28 86 6:29:03 Amy Lawson Woodward US 2 SUP UNL Female
29 50 6:37:36 Victoria Burgess US 3 SUP UNL Female
30 110 6:46:08 Will Schmidt US 7 SUP UNL M30-39
31 111 6:46:21 Siri Schubert Switzerland 4 SUP UNL Female
32 125 6:51:57 Tomoe Yasu Japan 5 SUP UNL Female
33 64 6:54:40 Brad Feldman US 3 SUP UNL M50-59
34 122 6:56:20 Chikara Tsumura Japan 1 SUP UNL M60-99
35 42 7:43:49 Bob Arnot US 2 SUP UNL M60-99