|Mid Channel, Kaiwi, 2009|
Gnarly off-road bike vacation in a foreign country solo? check.
Outer reef surf in victory-at-sea conditions? check.
Joanna does it all, and she does it with a big smile! (She also goes pretty damn fast!) ... so it comes as no surprise that in 2008, when Joanna came to watch the Molokai race finish, that she would instantly fall in love with the challenge of Kaiwi.
As she says, "I watched my friends cross the finish line of the 2008 Molokai race and immediately was addicted to paddleboarding! Crossing the channel was added to my list of adventures.
Practicing diligently, on a stock Bark board, I prepared for the challenge in 2009. Molokai 2009 was one of the best days of my life, and I heard a lot of competitors complaining about the conditions. I thought to myself, "Well, if I had that much fun, I cannot wait for 'good' conditions!"
My adrenaline rush lasted as long as I was unable to lift my arms overhead
--- 3 days!
I was fortunate to attain sponsorship by Hammer Nutrition, keeping me fueled on the journey, and Mr. Joe Bark himself. Joe made me two magic carpets, and I am forever grateful.
Paddleboarding draws a vibe from the ocean-conscious and those of great athleticism. I just wish I had gotten on board 10 years ago! Off to paddle..." (ok well rest - we're on taper to Sunday!)
Look for a strong showing from Joanna this Sunday. She is sure to turn some heads and push the pace! Oh, and if you happen to work yourself too hard during the race, look her up next week. Joanna is a physical therapist who runs her own practice, Back In Action, Inc., located in Kailua, Oahu.