Aloha and welcome to this special in-flight edition of ocean paddler on Hawaiian skies today we take you 32 miles across the infamous KETV channel between the islands of molokai and oahu for this year's Maui Jim Mullikin challenge it's the world championship of surf ski racing we're here on the west end of Molokai we're here for the 40th annual Maui Jim Mullikin it's the most challenging race of the year for especially the surf skis the best of the best are here to take everybody down it is the greatest ocean ski race to win every year by far it is like the bull amongst the herd of heifers you know in terms of the races and I think all the guys that have won this race have been well respected and have been very good paddlers in all other events around the world as well it speaks for itself the race is truly the beginning of the sport and the true traditional benchmark in the sport recently the race starts on the west end of Molokai and kahlúa koi and it heads to Oahu specifically we're aiming for Hawaii Kai so people are be lining to Koko Head to port Locke you know some might take a little more southerly route towards Diamond Head and then swing in and then we come into Mountain Little Bay and we go up towards the bridge and then the finish of the race is gonna be right there in my little beach park it's 32 miles and it's always a changing evolving channel so the more you can do the more you get to see but it's never the same Hawaii is Hawaii it's a beautiful place it's got fantastic people the water that we all get to enjoy on this channel is just quite exceptional the name being channel of bones is a pretty interesting one is this sort of the Hawaiian term for this crossing and I think it has brought apart a lot of people's bones over the years they've certainly fallen apart across here it's a long race it's not in the normal DNA of most ocean ski racers it's a crossing where you don't pass any land for nearly forty nine plus kilometres and then you just have a little bit of land at the end to finish next to there isn't anything that really compares and it's certainly something in terms of a race that's attracted the best from the world so I don't think anyone ever comes here and thinks it's a soft field the competition for this this year's event is really hard it's it's tough we've got the 2013 ICF world champion Xuan Oasis here we have the defending champion for the last two years of years Hank McGregor Clint Robinson has been he's won this race two or three times and runner-up as well in a didn't his Dean God and he's hunting at 10th and conditions are good today you know it's his conditions and it is the young Australians is Marko boots and Cory Hill you're looking at seven at guys that could cross the line first it's going to be a tough race out there the strategy in a race like this is far more important than what it normally is for most other events in the world because of its nature of being so long the channel dictates a lot of strategy because it can fluctuate with speed with the ocean swell with wind so every year you've got to be very very careful I think it's really a matter of conserving for at least two and a half hours surfing and keeping the speed as best as you can and then really buckling down it's a lot harder to catch people to like start falling apart and I don't think there's anyone in this race it doesn't fall apart at some point surfing is very important for the simple reason that it conserves energy so if you're a relaxed on the ski you've got experience in the bumps you can get on waves go faster then you can paddle and not use any energy and that makes faster overall race speed you have more energy for longer holding a higher speed and the fun thing is when I'm going 50k is an hour done the face of a swell in the open ocean I'm not even pedaling I'm just my pedal on my lap so that's what really is the attraction of silky fittings at speed in fact that you harnessing this ocean energy any diamond pedal you do you leave you walk off the beach and you've got this adrenaline and you almost on a high it's almost like you're flying the last part of the race is important it's the last third it's not just the last six code what you have in you with about 15k to go usually dictates the winner you know you're going to propel in three hours just to get to a position where you can win this race so you need to get yourself there first and then you need to be in the right place but you know I'm coming from a where you fell into a mainland all the time a big continent is a to rocks in the middle of Pacific Ocean you know there's so much going on up there you need to be able to connect throughout the swells and you be able to concentrate the whole time and then when you hit three hours you can you know you got you got 30 minutes to go and it's crunch time and that's what the footlok point it's kind of weird it all happens the competition today I was yes it was really fist it was a battle of the fittest out there it was the first hour was interesting I was out front with Javed and Cory Hill and I was telling within myself but I still felt we're going up it too hard but what do you do I mean you're all fronts and you kind of got to keep it up and about an hour and 15 the guys came up on us guys being anchored Flynn's and a few other chaps and was a big straight line of us and we basically just duked it out for another hour we finally get to the other side you hit the port lock point and China wall and depends on the surf that can be a big challenge too it's a big swell you've got to navigate your way through and then you play the surf sometimes the surf gets you sometimes you get it and it can make or break your race Kirino there's about six or seven really good paddlers here and Shawn rice paint McGregor Clint that was sort of a bit further to the south I think and to fatling it out I just really have to try to stay strong and try and start my own line and try use my head mate I'm ecstatic I haven't won a raffle before but this is out of control I'm the king of seconds and thirds and had a couple of good races here and there but to come out on top but I would like to make a habit of if it feels this good anybody who paddles wants to do a Molokai race so we try to put on a great venue for paddlers of all crafts to experience it and if you paddle you in bottom line done deal what an incredible test of endurance not to mention some sketchy surf at the finish congratulations go out to all of our competitors but especially our top finishers in third place it was Hank McGregor from South Africa in second Clint Robinson from Australia and in first Quarry Hill from Australia with a time of three hours and 22 minutes and that's all the time we have for this special in-flight edition of ocean paddler on Hawaiian skies we hope you enjoy the rest of your flight I'm Kalani Miller and until next time hi paw this special presentation of ocean paddler on 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Surf Ski Championships

8 thoughts on “Surf Ski Championships

  • July 27, 2019 at 11:50 am
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    Awesome Race by Cory Hill! That was an amazing pace for a 35 mile race!

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  • July 27, 2019 at 11:50 am
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    Does anyone know which yea is this ?

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  • July 27, 2019 at 11:50 am
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    Love the video, it looks warm and cozy out there.. probably a tiny bit hotter than in Iceland where I surfskii 🙂

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  • July 27, 2019 at 11:50 am
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    Its 4am. What am I doing here?

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  • July 27, 2019 at 11:50 am
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    Woaw, look my channel please 😀

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  • July 27, 2019 at 11:50 am
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    unbelievable the distance a paddle the never give up one day I'll do the race as my bucket list just two finish.

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  • July 27, 2019 at 11:50 am
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    What does " Koi pa" mean?

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