Maui has always been an island of watersports innovation. Windsurfing, big-wave surfing, SUP and foiling continue to be pushed to their limits by a local cadre of the world’s top ocean athletes. This past weekend, a handful of those athletes--including Zane Schweitzer, Dave Kalama, Austin Kalama (Dave’s son in his first channel crossing), Mark Raaphorst and Alan Cadiz--entered the SUP foil division of the Molokai Holokai to cross the Pailolo Channel from Maui to Molokai.
Big open ocean swells and 25-knot winds made for ideal conditions for the SUP foil crew to make their mark. Schweitzer eventually took the win and broke the record for time across the channel with a blistering 2:24 time. Check out the video of him closing in on Molokai, above.
Kalama led for a big chunk of the race, though, and only lost when he hit the doldrums toward the end of the race. Read his fantastic take in the post below.