The image of a Hawaiian surfer usually conjures up feelings of roots, history and a lineage steeped in the DNA of its waterman. As the story goes, the first Europeans to step foot in Polynesia observed wave sliding of all varieties. Men, women and children of all ages were observed riding wooden planks and even using their bodies to glide across the surface of the water.
Somewhere along that timeline, wave riders ditched their canoes, grabbed a paddle and stood up in the surf. But it wasn’t until the 1960s that the sport of stand up paddling began to really take shape. Through all its iterations it’s safe to say the sport has finally arrived with performance-based events and long distances races, like the Molokai-2-Oahu sprint, popularizing the competitive nature of standing sideways.
Founded in 1997, the 16th annual Molokai-2-Oahu race will take place this coming Sunday, July 29th, 2012. In honor to the watermen before them and in celebration of their own passion for life on the water, new additions to the Teva team, Jamie Sterling and Tucker Ingalls will join together as a team to attempt to cross the 32 miles of treacherous open ocean known as the Ka’iwi (kah-EE-vee) Channel, or the Channel Of Bones, from Kaluakoi Beach on the north shore of Molokai to Maunalua Bay on the south shore of Oahu. For more information visit: www.molokai2oahu.com.