Highlights From the 2014 M4Molokai

Molokai’s Clare Seeger Mawae is instrumental in putting on the M4Molokai race, renting out standups and shuttling competitors’ boards between islands for the annual downwind race. Here, the local standup paddler gives us a recap from one of the most exciting SUP weekends on the “Friendly Island” of Molokai:



Molokai was the center of standup paddling activity on the weekend of July 12th and 13th, with the most epic wind and amazing downwind paddling conditions. Molokai came through with a dream weekend of paddling, having two incredible races touching the Molokai shores.

First off was the M2Molokai race where more than 80 competitors crossed the channel from Maui to finish at Kaunakakai Wharf on Molokai, with a tight and close finish between Connor Baxter (3:04:31) Kai Lenny (3:06:44), and Dave Kalama (3:08:58). Nearly half of the M2Molokai competitors stayed over on Molokai to compete in the M4Molokai the following day, for the ultimate weekend of paddling.

The M4Molokai race started from Kamalo Wharf, taking competitors to Hotel Molokai, on a perfect 8.5-mile downwinder for both novices and advanced paddlers. Kamalo was certainly the hub of activity on Sunday morning with smiling faces, happy people, friends and families coming to support the start of the race. A beautiful pule (prayer), was given at the start briefing, with a blessing of rain from the skies, the wind filling in, and ocean swells rising. The standup paddlers had a beach start with three course options, allowing all levels to compete in their comfort zone. The canoe paddlers followed 15 minutes later with a water start out in the channel.

The SUP finish was incredible for the top three finishers, with spectators cheering them on as they paddled their hearts out to the finish line. New Zealand Paddler Armie Armstrong took the ultimate last few stokes with a winning time of 1:03:46, with the Brazilian paddler Vinnicius Martins in second at 1:03:51, and Japan's Tomo Murabayashi finishing third at 1:03:52. The crowd was certainly treated to an incredible finish at Hotel Molokai by the field of international athletes, while Rick Schonely, Eddie Tanaka and friends played music to welcome them in.

The weekend's conditions were some of the best that the State has had in months, and the fleet of OC1s, SUPs, Skis and OC2s had a blast with this ocean run. The line up for this year's Molokai event was global with a battle of the nations, as New Zealand, Brazil, Japan, Australia, Hawaii, Mainland USA, and Ireland paddled it out with record times.

The Molokai OC1/ski paddlers also showed that they were certainly not slow with Geoff Bogar taking the overall time of 57:38 on his ski, and Molokai's Richard Mariano following a few seconds behind on his OC1 with a time of 1:00:09. Molokai's Cami Kimball was third fastest overall and took the women’s first place with a time of 1:01:05. from along with Kathy Shipman and Peggy King from Maui.

Molokai competitors had great races, with all of them knocking 15-20 minutes off their times from the previous year's event. Twelve-year-old Alex Mawae certainly showed he is an upcoming force, also knocking off 20 minutes from his time the previous year, while his sister Josie also did great, with both Molokai kids winning their youth divisions. Other notable Molokai paddlers who took first in their divisions include Todd Yamashida, David Lichtenstein, Jesse Ford, Brandi and Bobbi Morris, Geoff Bogar and not to forget both Coral Gonzales and Desiree Puhi for giving everyone a run for their money on their OC1's.
Clare Seeger Mawae

If you missed out on this year's event, then mark your calendar for July 2015!


SUP 14′ Men
1. Antonio Chaer, 1:12:38
2. Candido Chutorianscy, 1:14:09
3. Fabio Valongo, 1:16:27
SUP 14′ Women
1. Morgan Hoesterey, 1:23:46
2. Nicole Madosik, 1:23:53
3. Jaecey Suda, 1:24:03
SUP Open Men
1. Armie Armstrong, 1:03:46
2. Vinnicius Martins, 1:03:51
3. Tomo Murabayashi, 1:03:52
SUP Open Women
1. Kathy Shipman, 1:06:55
2. Pen Strickland, 1:09:04
3. Jennifer Lee, 1:14:30

SUP 12'6
1. Todd Yamashita, 1:18:31
SUP Men 50
1. Gregg Leion, 1:09:54
2. Brad Feldman, 1:10:48
3. Gray Warwick, 1:17:42
SUP Women 50
1. Peggy King, 1:18:09
2. Torrey Goodman, 1:27:50
3. Carolyn Annerud, 1:33:13
SUP 16 & Under Boys
1. Alex Mawae, 1:20:24

SUP 16 & Under Girls
1. Josie Mawae, 1:35:59
SUP Men Surf
1. David Lichtenstein, 1:33:57
2. Chavis Purdy, 1:38:08
SUP Women Surf
1. Jessie Ford, 1:38:19
2. Andrea Feldman, 1:57:28

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