Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Na Pali Race 2011... Looking Back and Ahead

The Na Pali Coast is one of the "Seven Wonders of the World". Arguably the most beautiful coastline in the world, and one of the best downwind paddles around... it's the perfect race venue. 17 miles of pure pleasure :).

This year's race is set for July 21, 2012. Get your training in early so you can come to Kauai, race and then rest the week into Molokai. It's going to be the perfect warmup for the channel.

To get you in the mood... here are some photos from last year's amazing race.

(PS. If you're not up for 17 miles of racing, you can always check out Josh Comstock at Na Pali Kayak Tours and head down the coast in at a more comfy pace in a kayak with a buddy or two, viewing sea caves, and stopping for lunch along the way. I try to go with him at least once a year. It's good for your soul.)

Gettin' Ready... got my Bark, got my water, got my tunes...
We surf, we paddle, it's Kauai!
Marine Biologist in Training!
Girls like fish too :)
The Pule ... and we're off
Strong finish

It's not over till you run up the beach...

Almost there!
Bark Machine!
Got Character :)
Found some shade...
Davey Taylor
Gavin Kenelly

Josh Comstock

Kevin Hogan
Laola Lake Aea
Mariko soon-to-be Mrs. Bundy
Michelle Water Woman!
California Mike Makes the Journey Complete
Tamba - Saa must have carried all the boards himself!
Brother support :)
The awards - what a party it was!
Can't beat that.
The lovely hostess Brit - my former student!
Race organizer, heart and soul - Evan
SUP awards - my training partner Gene!
The Strickland ladies Hula
And the winner is....
Mariko accepts her award
Mike - Yeah! His first downwind racer
The best race award I have ever won - my own Steve Valiere painting!
Steve congrats the overall paddleboard winner Hogan - good job buddy.
My favorite cheerleader. Mr. Seraphin

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