Posts Tagged ‘Molokai2Oahu’

A quick edit of Molokai2Oahu 2017

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Congrats to all who crossed the channel in 2017!

Molokai 2 Oahu 2013 Paddleboard Race

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Raw video from the 2013 Molokai 2 Oahu for news media. Non-corrected, unedited footage

Mick Di Betta at the Molokai2Oahu 2013

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

“It’s never over, if you don’t let it ”  – hopefully we’ll see you again next year Mick!

Brad Gaul’s Road To Molokai

Monday, June 17th, 2013

In the lead up to defending his 2012 World Title, Brad talks about his training and what it takes to be the best, in this insight into his daily life. Follow him on his journey in becoming World Champ for the second consecutive time in Hawaii’s prestigious Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Challenge 2013.

Wade Koniakowsky – M20 Race Art

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

This documentary captures Wade Koniakowsky creating the art for the 2013 Molokai 2 Oahu World championships of paddle boarding through various inspirations from the event and location.

Retro – Kalama on Molokai 2012

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Great interview with master downwind paddler Dave Kalama from the finish line at Molokai2Oahu 2012.

Molokai2Oahu Update – M20 Registration Opens March 15

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships

Registration for the 17th annual Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships (M2O), presented by Kona Longboard Island Lager, opens Friday March 15th at 12:00 PST. The event, scheduled for July 28th will draw an international field of paddlers and, as in previous years, sell out far in advance of the July 1st registration deadline. Register at

M2O is much more than a championship race. It is a 32-mile journey from Molokai to Oahu across the Ka’iwi Channel – one of the deepest, most treacherous channels in the world. The ever-changing conditions of this channel requires both athletic ability and navigation skills – a true championship test. M2O is the iconic event in the paddling community and has become the milestone for those seeking to define themselves as watermen. Like other iconic endurance events M2O is a deeply personal experience and defines a champion in every sense of the word.

The images and stories from the M2O race fuel the minds of paddlers across the globe driving the passion that propelled paddling as the largest growth segment in action sports today. M2O is infused with the culture of Hawaii and its people and all who attend will feel the enigmatic spirit of Aloha.

For further information on the race, race registration, rules and requirements go to

Video – Soul Surf Media + Molokai 2011

Monday, September 12th, 2011

The 15th annual Molokai to Oahu World Championship Paddle Board Race took place on July 31, 2011. It was a record breaking year in attendance and about every course record fell as the “channel of bones” seemed in a good mood giving competitors good conditions across the 32 miles of open ocean. In this first of our video series from the race, we just get a little glimpse of the race and some of the people who made the channel crossing this year.

Chris Aguilar and Soul Surf Media are the producers and director behind the first stand up paddle feature film, Destination 3 Degrees that was screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Connor Baxter Race Recap – Molokai 2011

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

Images: Karen Baxter

The Molokai-2-Oahu Race as Jamie Mitchell states, “If you love paddling, this is the race of all races – it’s our Superbowl. I love the feeling of apprehension, the nerves and waiting to see what the ocean’s going to deliver. The depth of talent in this year’s race is unsurpassed.”

Well – the event for me started on Thursday. My dad, mom and I were to take our boat from Maui to Molokai on Friday, relax on Saturday, Race on Sunday. So preparations started on Thursday getting the boat provisioned and equipped.

Around 3:00pm my dad called me and asked me to pick up a guy named “Mike” at the airport. He was going to go on our boat for support. I asked what he looked like, what his cell number was – and my dad told me I did not know him – but he knew me. His cell phone was dead – but he would be holding a paddle.

I got to the airport – and what a “SURPRISE”!!! There was no “Mike” – My sister Ashley had flown in from California – to be with us for the weekend. She walked up to the car – and I was speechless. She and my dad had planned this Surprise – and WOW – what an OUTRAGEOUS Surprise!!

So – already the Weekend started out fantastic for me – with my sister coming to watch me race.

We all left on Friday morning from Kahului Harbor and headed over to the west side of Molokai. We stopped in Kaunakakai on the south side of Molokai to grab my race board that we left with our friend Greg Jenkins after the Triple Crown Event. Finally arriving at Kaluakoi Beach around 4:00pm, we swam in and walked to our condo settling in before dinner.

Saturday was a day to take it easy, focus on the upcoming race and what I had to do to win. That night the event had organized a dinner for us, then I went and had a second dinner at the Maui Jim get together and then it was straight to bed from there.

The next day we had to wake up at 5:00 in the morning to get down to the beach and get ready. Right before the race we had a Pule (Hawaiian Prayer) and then off to the water for the start of a long day. I was really stoked with the start – cause the Solo SUP’s got to start with all the Solo prone paddlers, which was cool because I got to paddle next to Jamie Mitchell for a bit.

When the horn blew I knew what I had to do and that is all I was focusing on. There was a little wind right from the start and I was catching some little bumps, which is always nice. I knew my biggest competition would be Dave Kalama, Scott Gamble and Livio Menelau. And, sure enough – the four of us were out in front quickly.

After about an hour Scott Gamble and I had taken the lead – and we were together right until the end. Pushing each other – never letting up. As we got more and more into the channel the swells got bigger and I started to get better and better glides. I had a steady pace going that was keeping me in the front of the pack. The farther I got into the channel it got harder and harder. I was getting more tired and the current was getting stronger going against me. But, I kept it going as hard as I could until the end.

One thing that really helped was having my family on the boat cheering for me to keep me going. Hearing them cheer was like drinking some energy drink – it just gave a huge boast to paddle harder.

When I was about 10 miles off of Oahu it felt like I wasn’t moving and it didn’t look like I was getting closer to the island at all. The current in the channel is swift – and runs north hampering the downwind headway. As Dave Kalama wrote “Most of this race really is fun…, but when you get close to Oahu the fun stops and the reality of how hard it really is starts to set in. For some reason Mother Nature decided to put one of her most wicked currents in front of Oahu acting like a night club bouncer protecting the door.”

Keeping an eye on Scott – I noticed we were dead even except he was more north than I was. This positioning made a big difference. And, I was exactly where I needed and wanted to be.

When we turned down to head to Coco Head, I was closer than him because he was more upwind (North) of me. This gave me a good gap on him, which would be really hard for him to make up.

Making it to the wall and hugging it, getting out of the washing machine, getting around Portlock – I knew what was in store for me. The “Next” hardest part of the race – the end – making it to the finish line.

Once I turned the corner it was $&!#. I had to paddle upwind for about 1½ miles – and the wind was blowing – gusting to about 20mph right in my face. I was already super tired from the 31 mile Crossing – but then to top it off I had this nice treat. I choked up on my paddle, crouched down with my body, put my head down and just kept paddling to the finish. As I got closer and closer I could hear all the people, which made me paddle faster.

Being the first person to the beach Overall was pretty cool because normally Jamie is the first guy to touch the beach. When I crossed the finish I was so dead and ready for a nice cool – you got it – a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!!

I ended up with a time of 4:26:10. This time beat last years record be almost 30 minutes and beat Jamie’s new record by about 15 minutes. I was really happy with my result and can’t wait for the next challenge.

I want to thank my sponsors for all their support – Starboard, Rainbow Sandals, Maui Jim Sunglasses, EFX Technology, Dakine, Nike 6.0, GoPro Cameras, On It Pro, Waterman’s Sunscreen, Sunrite Maui, SIC Maui and Hi-Tech Sports.

A Special Thanks to Scott Sanchez from MPG for his wisdom as a trainer.

And, to a wonderful, thoughtful, special Sister – Ashley – Thanks for this special “surprise” weekend!!!

Also a big Mahalo to all the event organizers and volunteers.

Aloha –
Connor Baxter

Race results will be found here!

Mitchell Claims his 10th Molokai Win!

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

The weight of the Hawaiian Islands lifted from Jamie Mitchell’s shoulders today when he crossed the finish line of the 32-mile Molokai-to-Oahu world championship race in record time, claiming his 10th consecutive world paddleboard title. Mitchell, 34, (Queensland, Australia) shaved eight minutes off the course record that he posted back in 2007, clocking a new fastest time of 4 hours, 30 minutes and 41 seconds.   “I feel like the weight of the entire Hawaiian Island chain has lifted from me,” said a pumped up Mitchell at the finish. “It’s done.”

It was an emotional and relieving victory that bookended a decade of perfection for Mitchell. It also puts him on par with fellow Quiksilver teammate Kelly Slater, a 10-time world champion of surfing and one of the only human beings on the planet who can comprehend the dedication and commitment such a sporting feat demands. Slater was among the first to praise Jamie’s accomplishment today:

“Jamie has set a bar that few, if any, athletes have set in their careers,” said Slater. “Ten straight years of doing anything is impressive. To beat the world’s best paddlers time and again in treacherous, unpredictable conditions is inspiring and unbelievable.”

Conditions for today’s race were tough and somewhat chaotic with cross-diagonal swells of up to six feet. Relatively weak trade winds didn’t offer much assistance, but an incoming tide made the course surprisingly fast.

“Epic!” said Mitchell. “I can’t believe it was that fast. Conditions weren’t that great, but the current was good. Sometimes the wind felt like it was barely blowing at all. It was pretty hard, you had to work for the (wave) runs. Even though the wind wasn’t that great, thankfully it never got really ugly like it can get. I actually got some of my longest glides in that last six miles, which is usually the worst. I didn’t realize how fast it was until they told me the time.”

Mitchell may never be beaten, announcing today that this would likely be his last Molokai crossing as we know it; it’s time to retire the magical “green machine” paddleboard that has taken him to the past five world titles.

“Go out at the top,” said Mitchell with a smile. “It’s time for a new challenge. I’ve worked hard to get this. Ten years is a long time. It’s time to chase something new.”

But before tackling his next ‘Everest’, it’s time to finally take his new wife Jocelyn on the honeymoon that has been on hold for three months while he pursued his 10th world title. After that, he will lend his support to Slater as head of water safety at the upcoming Quiksilver Pro New York, September 1-15.

Mitchell is one of the world’s leading watermen and star athlete of the Quiksilver Waterman Collection team. In addition to being the 10X world paddleboard champion, he is also a decorated big-wave rider, tow-in surfer, and stand-up paddler.


Race Results | 2011 Molokai Paddleboard and SUP World Championships Race Results

Saturday, July 30th, 2011
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Race Results | 2011 Molokai2Oahu – Molokai Paddleboard World Championships


Paddleboard – Unlimited Men

1st place: Jamie Mitchell 4:40:31

2nd place: Brad Gaul 4:47:45:90 (faster than Jamie Mitchell’s time from last year!)

Paddleboard – Unlimited Women

1st Place: Jordan Mercer 5:22:31

Paddleboard – Stock Women

Joanna  Bilancieri 6:39:02


SUP Unlimited Women

1st place: Andrea Moller 5:26:51

SUP – Unlimited Men

1st Place: Connor Baxter  4:26:10
2nd Place: Scott Gamble

 Paddleboard – Stock

1st place: Eric Abbott 5:26:59

Full results can be found here

Compare them with last years results 


Video: Ekolu Kalama 2nd in the 2010 Moloka’i to Oahu Paddleboard Race Kaiwi Channel.

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Ekolu Kalama 2nd place at Molokai in the SUP divisionEkolu Kalama places 2nd in the Stand Up Paddle Division. 2010 Moloka’i to Oahu Paddleboard Race is the most famous channel crossing of the roughest channel in Hawaii, the Kaiwi Channel. excellent footage taken from the chase boat start to finish

George Plesk at Molokai – gives us an idea how rough it was!

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Molokai2Oahu George Plesk
Here’s a clip of George Plesk at the Molokai2Oahu race this year which gives a fantastic view into the conditions out in the channel – Blustery and uneven – definitely a challenge and a ton of hard work for sure.

Matt Friedman heading in towards China wall on Oahu

Friday, August 6th, 2010
Starboard 14' SURF RACE Molokai
Matt Friedman heading in towards China wall on Oahu, riding the Starboard 14′ SURF/RACE with Hawaii rocker designed by Brian Szymanski.

Connor Baxter’s Story of Paddling the Molokai to Oahu Stand Up Paddleboard Race

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Connor Baxter claims 1st place in SOLO Stand Up Paddleboard Marathon Men’s 29 and under. Zane Schweitzer finished 3rd. This win took place only weeks after his 1st place win at the Mormaii 27 Mile Express. We gave you the lowdown on Connor’s winning paddleboard marathon strategy last week.

Here is the 15 year old pro rider Connor Baxter’s story;

Molokai to Oahu – 32 mile Crossing across the Ka’iwi Channel. Before this race I felt so prepared because that week I ate super good, drank lots of water and rested. My mom and I went over to Molokai Friday night on the Ferry to Kaunakakai.

Then headed over to the west side and stayed at the condos right where the event was. I slept in on Saturday and then went for a swim – I basically had a super relaxing day. Around 5:00 the stand up paddle board race meeting started and then I had a huge dinner and went back to the room – and went right to bed to get a good night sleep.

When I woke up I had oatmeal and put on my headphones and blasted some music to get pumped up. We had the blessing at 6:30am and then it was hurry up and get all the gear to the boat and get out to the start line. The lay down paddlers went first at 7:30am and now my heart is racing. I paddled over to the start line and I knew what I had to do. We started at 8:00am and we were off to a fast pace.

The conditions were super good – the winds were up and there were good swells. In the beginning, it was more flat water so the stronger guys with muscles took off.

But once we got into the swells I started to catch up to Livio Menelau and Ekolu Kalama. Dave Kalama and Scott Gamble went south so I did not see much of them. I finally caught and passed Livio, but I just could not catch up to Ekolu. So I put my head down and paddled my hardest. When I looked up about 45 min later I had closed the gap and was right behide Ekolu but once he noticed I was right by him he turned on his after burners and just took off on his paddleboard.

So now I was in 2nd place so I just kept paddling. When I looked over to my left (south), I noticed another stand up paddler and it was Scott Gamble. He was coming from the south and I was now trying to pick up my pace to stay up with him. He was super far to the south so I thought I still had a chance, but his course was a lot better and he pulled into 2nd and put me in third.

When I finally rounded the outside point to come into the harbor, my jaw drop to the paddleboard because the wind was blowing about 10 knots offshore and I had to paddle 2 more miles into it.

It’s like running a 32 mile marathon and putting the last 2 miles up a steep hill.

When the tip of my paddleboard finally crossed the finish line and got into shore, I was so happy because I made it and got third place. BUT, then someone told me that Dave Kalama was already in and he got 1st place, not Ekolu. Dave was so far in front that I did not even see him (I don’t think anyone did!!). So at the end I got 4th overall for Solo Stand Up Paddling and I got 7th overall out of all the lay down paddlers and SUP paddlers, both team and solo. So I am super stoked on my results and hope to do better next time.

Connor Baxter’s Finish Time 5:12:43

1st Place SOLO SUP Men’s 29 and under
4th Place Overall SOLO SUP
7th Place Overall SUP, Paddleboards, Solo and Team – out of 139 Entries
SUP Results:
1st = Dave Kalama  4:54:15
2nd = Ekolu Kalama  5:03:13
3rd = Scott Gamble   5:06:15
4th = Connor Baxter  5:12:43

I want to thank all my sponsors for their help and support – Starboard Paddleboards, Nike 6.0, SIC, Dakine, Sunrite Maui, Waterman’s Sunscreen, and Ion Wetsuits. Also, my newest sponsors Kaenon Sunglasses and EFX Performance USA!!!

Also, a BIG Mahalo to Mark Raaphorst, Livio Menelau, Scott Trudon, Bart de Schwart for all the time and support they have devoted to training with me!!!!!!!!!  Also, Scott Sanchez (MPG) for his wisdom on fitness and training!!

Aloha –

Connor Baxter

Photos:  Karen Baxter