The annual Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race takes place this Sunday, July 25th. Considered by many to be the world championship of paddleboard racing, the event includes both SUP and prone paddleboarding champions from around the world. The athletes' skills will be tested by the 32-mile crossing of the Ka'iwi Channel. At its deepest point the channel is over 2300 feet deep. This creates a funnel effect that shoots billions of gallons of seawater between the islands each hour. Combine this with trade winds and the channel creates seas that can range anywhere from 8 feet to 15 feet on an average day and upwards of 20 feet on an extreme day. Because of the danger the Ka'iwi presents, each athlete is required to have an escort boat and support crew to accompany them across the channel. The first stand up paddleboard and prone paddleboard athletes across the channel will be crowned champions.
For more information, visit the Molokai2Oahu website.