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.
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|