Kauai World Challenge Updates

Starting this in anticipation of someone who takes pitty on those of us who have to work or otherwise can't make it to Kauai. Updates Please. Mahalo

Submitted by kimohanalei on Fri, 05/06/2011 - 2:38pm

Way to get the thread going!
In addition, it looks like they will have some "live" coverage-
This is from www.kauaiworldchallenge.org ...

Click below link for LIVE BROADCAST OF START AND FINISH 7:50 a.m.-8:40 a.m. and about 12:00 p.m. Please turn off music in upper right.

PlaySL Link

#1 Fri, 05/06/2011 - 3:05pm

i predict Mr and Mrs c take the mixed married division.

#2 Fri, 05/06/2011 - 7:08pm

They are only webcasting the start and finish...Not easy to do a live webcast of a action ocean sport..should have had ocean paddler TV there...

#3 Sat, 05/07/2011 - 9:52am

I've heard this comment before re Kaiwi Relay. What is the process to get Ocean Paddler TV involved? The events are well know and marketed so It's not a matter of not being aware of an event. Is it a fee based appearance for events? or just the matter of an invitation to show up?

#4 Sat, 05/07/2011 - 10:18am

kimohanalei, first no disrespect intended to the guys trying to make this happen in Kauai. It is expensive and hard to do a live webcast of a ocean sporting event that is moving. Doing one on the beach, not so hard and they did a great job. As a specatator, I would have LOVED to have been able to see the race, especially in the conditions today. We were the first to do it for the na wahine and molokai hoe across the Kaiwi channel and it was brutal, but well worth it..All it takes to get us at an event is a serious meeting to start. From there we talk about the expenses. If someone comes behind us and low balls the offer, well..you get what you pay for in my personal opinion..We never film a race or event and look to profit from it. Thats not where our money comes from. Know what I mean? In order to get these events more money in sponsorships, you have to make our sport a spectator sport, sponsors want to see their logo on Tv shows and webcasts. As you know we air to over 50 million households across the US mainland weekly! Thats it!!:) Please note: This is my personal opinion...

#5 Sat, 05/07/2011 - 10:44am

I hear you. We are a passionate bunch, but lack state and corporate $$$ to keep our sport in the public eye. I can recall similar conversations re surfing as I grew up. Stick with it and thanks for your efforts. Our time will come.

#6 Sat, 05/07/2011 - 10:48am

I am always there to help guide the events on how to get the sponsorships. I apprecaite your support!! The more our sports are seen, the more people will take notice:) It is funny you mentioned the surfing, and you are 100% correct..Our EP Alex, has made the statement many times that we, Ocean Paddler TV, want to bring outrigger paddlling to the world, like they did in the 70's with surfing. Smart men like you and he think alike:)

#7 Sat, 05/07/2011 - 11:06am

Ive only been paddling for a few years, but that was the most nuts, biggest, and funnest race ive ever done. Everybody from Kai on down the line has a crazy situation story from the day. They really did a good job putting on the race. Great registration dinner, gear bags, the whole thing. Amazing!

#8 Sat, 05/07/2011 - 4:23pm

yes! I second that JPI. It was an awesome event. From the organization to the conditions, it couldn't have been better.

#9 Sat, 05/07/2011 - 9:20pm

Kanu37, don't think that its always about a low-ball offer. The establishment of a working and communicative relationship is paramount.

The organizers of this event, www.kauaihoewaa.org, are pleased in all respects. It was a great event.

#10 Sun, 05/08/2011 - 6:08am

Now if we could just see some results???

#11 Sun, 05/08/2011 - 6:25am

KAI and Aaron N first, Jimmy and Manny second, Lauren B and Lori first, Jane and Emily 2nd. Great to see Luke racing again! Biggie Lara and Andy Reich first in 60+, GAylord and NAppy second, Kekoa C and Felipe Gomes first in the 20's or30's? MAtt Debrule and Mike Riggs first in the 40's I think. Jodi Simpson and Cristin Foster first in the Mixed. Wild conditions first two legs and part of leg 3, leg 4 big surf but a bit of a current. Everyone accounted for, a few damaged canoes, and loads of Steinlager to ease the bodypain!

#12 Sun, 05/08/2011 - 7:07am

Yes sir, results being excel'd as I write. They will be posted very shortly (as soon as I get them).

#13 Sun, 05/08/2011 - 7:07am

Canoerace, the race was Awesome. My hat is off to the organizers. Not a easy task to put together a quality event.

#14 Sun, 05/08/2011 - 8:37am

Mahalo. My hat off particularly to president of Kaua'i Hoe Wa'a, Margie Goodno (other directors as well). She worked 24/7 for months on this event.

#15 Sun, 05/08/2011 - 9:31am

i also have to say, the Kauai World Challenge was a great race this year. great event, smoking conditions, live music, free beer... not to mention you get to see the an entire side of Kauai from the ocean.

also great job by the water safety guys. they had their hands full with all the chaos that 25+ mph winds bring. i have to say that during every leg that i paddled i saw the jet ski go by at least twice and the official boats at least a couple times too. the jet ski guys knew exactly where the danger points were and stayed there to fend paddlers off and keep them out of harm's way. the patrol was on the water staying active and watching out for everyone. top notch.

#16 Sun, 05/08/2011 - 12:40pm

Wow, sounds like Kauai World Challenge has been blessed with the better challenging ocean racing conditions this year, must try and do this race next year if i can entice my old relay partner to revisit. Clarkie ???

Jc, your first paragraph say's it all.


#17 Sun, 05/08/2011 - 12:37pm


OR GO DIRECTLY TO: http://kauaiworldchallenge.org/2011%20Results.html

#18 Sun, 05/08/2011 - 12:57pm

oh yea, the ukulele song, "Kaua'i Hoe Wa'a Song, you hear on the web site, can be turned off up at the top. But, I hope you all like it. A non-professional Kauai gal composed and recorded it just for this site. www.kauaiworldchallenge.org.

Mahalo to all for your support.

#19 Sun, 05/08/2011 - 1:01pm

Youtube link of some preliminary Hawaii Stream Media Production video clips of the Relay can be found at www.kauaiworldchallenge.org

#20 Sun, 05/08/2011 - 5:56pm

Best team name: Speramint Rhino,

#21 Sun, 05/08/2011 - 7:37pm

RE: Jc9's comments about the jetski guys. I am hoping someone can give me names of the guys who were helping on leg one. When our oc2 partners got blown up by the wave that closed out the bay the 2 skis were ON it. They brought both partners in safely and I thought our race was OVER. They were somehow able to go back out and manuever the oc2hull onto one ski and the other parts on the 2nd ski and brought all the stuff to shore through some REALLY gnarly conditions. Because of them we were able to then drain the water, piece everything together and claw our way back into the game. The drop on the "bomber" at the Salt Pond finish was worth the entire entry fee. It helped seal our fate as winners of the best (not one but TWO) wipeouts of the day. Needless to say, we are now putting out a bulletin to all west siders who might find one oc2 seat, a white/black Kia Kaha paddle, Spec eye protection, Starbucks cap. They probably drifted west. Congratulations to my teammates Mike,Margie, Kamu- you kept us in the game and into the $$$. You NEVER gave up. You guys are some of the scrappiest "Huckers" around!

P.S. Que or Cliff with Team T Time PLEASE get ahold of me!!!! We were paging you at the finish and never got a response.

#22 Mon, 05/09/2011 - 7:03am

Aloha is alive and well on Kauai!! That was a spectacular race with great conditions! Thank you everyone. Thanks to Lucky and Marshall for sharing the ocean with me on leg 3 and providing tough competition. You helped keep my head in the game. Thanks to Devo for being a perfect partner and letting me use your equipment. What a great time. See you again next year, if not sooner!


#23 Mon, 05/09/2011 - 8:04am

Hey Laola,
Cliff here from Tee Time. I had an eventful day on the water as well. Conservatively well out to sea, 3/4's of the way through the 3rd leg when I was setting up to take out another canoe in front of me I was obliterated by a massive triple-overhead rogue wave that came out of nowhere. This was not your typical foldiing mushy white-water sea wave, but a pitching top-to-bottom hollow Waimea-style bomb. Unable to react, like I hear Manny did during the race by turning out to sea, jumping off and holding his front iako, all I was able to do was let out a well-vocalized scream (a first in a canoe) before I was pounded. I was dragged underwater by the leash (which I had last-minute borrow from Nick Beck the morning of the race) for so long I started to get a little panicy. When I finally was able to come up for air I had been pulled way inside where two more waves broke on me and carried me even closer to the wave-smashed cliffs that lined the shore. The ama was completely split down the middle and full of water. Unable to safely make land I started dragging the busted canoe out to sea for about 20 minutes (an eternity) until a mixed two-man team finally heard my shouts for help (Thank-you, Thank-you). They were able to wave down one of the safety boats eventually and they called for a Zodiac (Captained by very water-savy skilled guy named Joe) who lashed the canoe to the side and took me in to Poipu. Lessons learned: (1) Always wear a leash in rough water--You don't want to get separated from your boat out there, 'cause a rescue is a lot less likely without your canoe marking your whereabouts. (2) Have a split-second contingency plan in mind like Manny did for big water (3) Keep vigilant that peripheral vision. (4) Express GRATITUDE to race directors (like Margie Goodno & Co.) who organize a good safety team!

#24 Mon, 05/09/2011 - 9:33am

sheesh Cliff! i was feeling all real after i got blasted off my boat on the second leg. triple overhead top to bottom clean out takes the cake though. glad you're able to tell the story!

#25 Mon, 05/09/2011 - 10:02am

Awesome to hear the stories guys keep them coming, personal accounts are better than any video.


#26 Mon, 05/09/2011 - 11:34am

What a great race. As an old guy I thought I was doing well starting to catch up to GAylord on Leg 2. He got cracked by a bomb and hulied but I think that fired him up. He got his floppy hat on and put his stroke into gear never to be seen by me again except on the beach-terrific for a guy 69 years old. One of the fun parts for me was surfing on the same wave into Kalapaki Beach with Kekoa Cramer and I think Kelly Foster. Didn't see them after that- they were flying. And Aaron NApolean coming into KAlapaki- just surfing and cruising while the rest of us are hammering- amazing paddler he is!

#27 Mon, 05/09/2011 - 4:00pm

Cliff glad you are alright. I was the third boat, guy in the orange shirt, to come up on you just as the escort boat arrived.

I can attest to his statement about the size of the waves on leg three. It sounds trite, but I saw the biggest wave I have ever seen on open water. The whole day was big, but this wave was in a class of its own. I would not be surprised if it was the same one that took Cliff out. The main mass of the wave that passed me was on my left. If I had been 100 yards to the side, I would probably have been in the same predicament. I was just past Black mountain, I happened to glace over my should and watched a four story mountain of water go by. I'm usually stupidly ignorant of danger, but that wave scared me something good.


#28 Tue, 05/10/2011 - 3:02pm

There are some nice video links I placed on www.kauaiworldchallenge.org.

Here is a good one: http://youtu.be/lAD5w9XSiAo

More video clips and pics to follow.

#29 Wed, 05/11/2011 - 7:51am

very cool teaser. can't wait to see the full version!

#30 Wed, 05/11/2011 - 9:34am


#31 Wed, 05/11/2011 - 2:03pm

Sweet! Charge Um!

#32 Wed, 05/11/2011 - 1:26pm

Rambo said ""Awesome to hear the stories guys keep them coming, personal accounts are better than any video""

Might change my mind, that video is looking good.


#33 Wed, 05/11/2011 - 3:09pm

Rambo: "Wow, sounds like Kauai World Challenge has been blessed with the better challenging ocean racing conditions this year, must try and do this race next year if i can entice my old relay partner to revisit. Clarkie ???"

Start training Cecil, I'm in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#34 Mon, 05/16/2011 - 5:48am

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