Baxter and Moller Repeat Wins at 2015 OluKai Ho’olaule’a
Connor Baxter and Andrea Moller once again showed their mastery of Maui’s Maliko run today, taking wins at the 2015 OluKai Ho’olaule’a in wonderful 15-20 knot-plus winds that make this stretch one of the true downwind paddling meccas in the world.
It was Baxter’s fourth win in a row and Moller’s seventh. In one of the most amazing streaks in the history of our sport, she’s never lost this race. Baxter’s unofficial time of 44:25 is officially a new course record.
More than 500 racers showed up to test their mettle in the fantastic conditions on the north shore of Maui.
Baxter won by over two minutes, with Travis Grant, another one of the world’s best downwind paddlers, coming in at 46:27. He was followed by Dave Kalama (3rd; 47:15), Travis Baptise—who was on a 14-footer vs. the unlimitesds— (4th; 47:20) Danny Ching (5th; 47:25), Georges Cronsteadt (6th; 47:34) and Livio Menelau (7th; 47:37).
“Stoked to get second today,” Grant said. “Connor was in a whole different league today. That was one of the most epic, fastest runs we’ve ever had. We did eight miles in forty-some minutes, which is unheard of.”
Moller also left no doubt in the women’s event with a winning time of 53:20, ahead of second-place finisher Sonni Honscheid (55:38). She was followed by talented waterwomen Kathy Shipman (3rd; 55:57), Devin Blish (4th; 56:27), Terrene Black (5th; 57:24) and Fiona Wylde (6th; 1:00:14).
Check back for more photos and reports from this year’s OluKai Ho’olaule’a.