All in all, it was an amazing day on the water. Clark Abbey gave a pule and told stories about Cline Mann, and how he had revived the traditional sport of paddleboarding, with a ceremonial Budweiser before we headed out.... we were all feeling pretty proud to be paddleboarders, and I remembered my first time ever paddling the Ko'olaupoko, Makapuu to Kaimana course (with Clark Abbey and Greg Quinn).... I remember watching Greg and Clark surf their Malolo paddleboards down what I thought were giant waves and thinking "aaaaahhh... I'm scared! this is so cool!"... Yesterday in the race, I saw a similar vision, watching my good friend Marc Rocheleau teatering on the top of some large swells along Sandy Beach... in the middle of all the chaos, however, dolphins surfed with me along Hanauma Bay. I also caught a nice wave in at the finish.
Brian Rocheleau won the men's field for the first time (Yeah Brian! - happy 1 year old present from son Eli, who's birth kept Brian from racing last year!). Keoni Watson was the runner up, and long time paddleboard winner and coach, Mick DiBetta, from AUS, put in a good showing too. Most impressive to me, however, were the women. We had 5 women (most ever!) do the solo long course. Up and coming super star Leanne was right behind me, and Joanna finished 3rd (on a stock board). Joan and Kiyomi rounded out the women's field... Unfortunately, Colleen lost her board at Sandy Beach (she joins a long list of distinguished paddlers who have had that fate - a testimate to the conditions of the day - thankfully Colleen is okay as is her board, and she'll be back for the Molokai Channel in a few weeks!). All in all, the women's field was a great lead up to Molokai where we have 12 girls going solo paddleboard!
I really like what Chris Owens had to say about the day (he didn't gloss over the hard stuff - telling it like it is is the man who repeated Tarzan Smith's legendary Oahu to Kauai paddle...)
|Chris Owen's Facebook Post-race Entry.|
Mahalo also to our sponsors: Outrigger, Maui Jim, Dukes, Wahoos, Vertra, Pualani, and Blue Planet!
Long Course Results:
|Long Course Cline Mann 2012|
|Short Course Cline Mann 2012|