The Molokai 2 Oahu paddle race could be considered one of the world’s most difficult endurance races. Nearly 300 competitors travel to the remote island of Molokai by boat or plane, only to paddle back to Oahu across the 32-mile open-ocean Ka’iwi (kah-EE-vee) Channel.
For most athletes, the grueling journey will take 6-7 hours through rain, wind, 8-foot open ocean swell and even the rare, curious shark. This year, Teva athletes Jamie Sterling, 31, and Tucker Ingalls, 16, teamed up for the 2-man SUP relay division, a first crossing for both athletes. It was a lifelong goal for both athletes to complete the M20 race, testing their skills with the world’s top watermen. Maui’s Conner Baxter, 17, crossed the finish line at a time of 4:13:26, trailed only by seconds by 47-year old legendary waterman Dave Kalama. They youngest competitors to race, comprised of three 13-year-old athletes, were presented with a special award from Teva at the awards banquet at the Outrigger Canoe Club after the race.
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