Record Intr'l Field For Molokai Paddle

  • Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race
  • Race Day: Sunday, July 28, 2002

Honolulu, HAWAII – Overwhelming international interest in the sixth annual 32-mile Quiksilveredition Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race has forced organizers to limit thefield to a record 80 competitors this summer. In conjunction with strong local participation, the event’s excellent reputation abroad has resulted in record numbers of professional paddlers from Australia, California, France and Japan enlisting for this year’srace, which will take place Sunday, July 28.

“It’s incredible the amount of international interest that this race has generated,” says Mike Takahashi, Race Director and participant.

“We have six-time French lifesaving champion Thierry Krawiec comingover, as well as Japanese lifesaving champion Taku Araki, the finest distance paddlers from Australia, and the top west coast paddlers. Hawaii will be hard pressed to match up to this kind of talent, but if anyone knows the Molokai channel, the Hawaiians do. But they’re going to have to play the home field advantage to overcome the Aussies.”

Australia lays claim to both the defending champion, Aaron Bitmead,and the race record holder, Mick Dibetta, who set a fierce pace in 1997’s inaugural race with a finish time of 5 hours, 22 minutes and 48seconds.

The race will start at 7:30am, at Papohaku Homestead, Molokai, and finish at Maunalua Bay, Hawaii Kai at approximately 12:30pm, Sunday,July 28.

A press conference with a top lineup of paddlers will be held at the Waikiki Yacht Club at 1pm on Wednesday, July 24.

For further information: Jodi Young, OCEAN PROMOTION, Tel: 638-7700