Kolaiah’s BOP Hawaii Experience:

Kolaiah Jardine

“The Battle of the Paddle Hawaii was an incredible experience to say the least. Two days of beautiful weather, intense racing and the best athletes of the sport set the stage for the greatest race in Stand Up Paddle to date. I began day one as a volunteer instructor for Na Kama Kai, Duane Desoto’s non-profit organization that teaches ocean activities and safety to Hawaii’s disadvantaged Keiki. This is something that I am involved in on a regular basis, but this day was extra special. After spending a few hours teaching the children about the ocean and Stand Up paddle it was time to take a rest and prepare for the Elite race. The race was the most grueling race I have ever done and I think a majority of the other competitors would also agree. Three 1.5 mile laps, in and out of the surf, with a soft sand run in between each, made for an exciting display of athletic performance. The 12’6” Surf Race board worked great and I’m happy to report a 33rd place finish overall in the Elite race, with a time of 1:36:40.

After and evening of carbo loading, stretching and sleep, day two had arrived. The downwind course stretched approximately ten miles from Hawaii Kai (Maunalua Bay) to Fort Derussy/Duke Kahanamoku beach. With variable ENE winds from 10-18 mph, this race was a race of technique, experience and brawn. Being that this is my usually training course, I was very eager to participate and report a good result. Once again, the 12’6” Surf Race board proved faithful with a 1st place finish in my board class and age division. Thank you Starboard! To end this exciting weekend was the much anticipated SUP Surf Team relay. Team Starboard was represented by Myself, Conner Baxter, Zane Schweitzer, and Kalani (Kristal) Brown. We paddled our hardest and worked as a team to place 5th over more than 20 teams. This was so a great experience. I would like to Thank my sponsors Bomber eyewear, Victory, Rhythm clothing and or course Starboard for their support and also Congratulate Danny Ching and Candice Appleby for their incredible victories. ”

Aloha & A hui hou,

Kolaiah “Fuzzy” Jardine

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