Pa'a eono

any idea on the entries for the race this weekend? favorites to win?

Submitted by lavapaddler on Sun, 06/01/2014 - 9:25am


Waiting for first change

Primo is way ahead in 1st paddling in a Tiger 6man

Currently Team Kamanu is battling with Team Jimmy Austin

More soon...

#1 Sat, 06/07/2014 - 11:22am

5.5 miles from finish:

  1. Primo
  2. Kamanu ~ 6min. behind 1st
  3. Team Jimmy Austin ~ 12min. behind 1st

#2 Sat, 06/07/2014 - 1:14pm

Upwind Leg nearing the end:

Evidently Team Primo and Mellow Johnny's have teamed up and are alternating changes as per regulation race format


  1. Team Primo/Mellow Johnny's
  2. Team Kamanu
  3. Team J. Austin

My communications are a bit garbled and partitioned. This is the best I can make out.

#3 Sat, 06/07/2014 - 2:01pm

Still 4 miles out

This is Day One 2014 Pa'a Eono
Stage 1 Maui to Molokai 6/7/2014
Coming to you from Gaucho live
Stay tuned for how to "Shampoo da chicken" and "Grind da spam musubi"
Will the undefeated Eono Champs Team Kamanu defend the title? Or finally meet their match?

#4 Sat, 06/07/2014 - 2:12pm


Standings are holding.

Wind is picking up on approach to finish.

Wind is described as "heavy"

#5 Sat, 06/07/2014 - 2:18pm

Team Kamanu is walking up a bit.

Team Kamanu is now 4 min back from Team Primo/Mellow Johnny's.

Team Jimmy Austin is sitting at 3rd 5 minutes behind Team Kamanu.

#6 Sat, 06/07/2014 - 2:21pm

Wind Conditions are estimated at 20 kt. (headwind)

#7 Sat, 06/07/2014 - 2:22pm


Racers are 3.5 miles out pushing a 20 knot headwind.

#8 Sat, 06/07/2014 - 2:24pm

Got one picture

#9 Sat, 06/07/2014 - 2:40pm

Day 1 Leg 1 results (unofficial)

  1. Team Primo/Mellow Johnny's
  2. Team Kamanu

#10 Sat, 06/07/2014 - 3:27pm


#11 Sat, 06/07/2014 - 7:22pm

Mahalo gauchopaddler.

#12 Sun, 06/08/2014 - 4:55am

Day 2
Approx. 20 min into the race

Team Kamanu, Team J. Austin, and Primo/Mellow are running pretty even.

Team Kamanu is running 200 yards South of Primo/Mellow and Team J. Austin

Just watched a video text from Luke. Conditions look mild but the canoes are really surfing well.

#13 Sun, 06/08/2014 - 9:32am

Primo/Mellow just walked past Team J. Austin on the northern line.

Team Kamanu is about even with Team J. Austin.

Team Kamanu is now about a 1/4 mile to the South.

#14 Sun, 06/08/2014 - 9:34am

Update: Day 2 Pa'a Eono 2014 6/8/14 Moloka'i to Oahu

Changes are coming up

  1. Primo/Livestrong (Livestrong is going in at the change)
  2. Team Jimmy Austin is slightly ahead of Team Kamanu, (Jimmy is ironing it)
  3. Team Kamanu (About 45 sec. back from first) (running 0.4 mile to the south)
  4. Kailua Canoe Club (30 sec back from Team Kamanu)

Changes for Team Kamanu:

Leg 1: Bobby Pratt, Alika Guillame, Jack Roney, Justin Watts, Makana Denton, Manny Kulukuluakalani

Leg 2: Christian, Kalei, Tyrus, Jody Simpson, Luke Evslin, plus 1 (iron)

#15 Sun, 06/08/2014 - 10:21am

From what I am able to gather.

1- primo is absolutely hammering and paddling brilliantly. Live Johnny will be paddling second half for that team.

2- team jimmy is in a battle for second with Kamanu. Jimmy is north (pun intended) and Kamanu is giving em the business down south (also intended).

3- Kamanu going straight to DH to take advantage of possible tidal push.

4- I heard possibly mark Frazier is going into Kamanu boat too at change. But my reports are thirt hand and translated twice

  • thirt = third on google translate from mandarin.

#16 Sun, 06/08/2014 - 10:30am


  1. Primo/Livestrong
  2. Team Kamanu - Position: 0.4 mile south of rumline (back by 4 min. from 1st)
  3. Team Jimmy Austin - Position: Slightly north (almost even with Team Kamanu)

#17 Sun, 06/08/2014 - 10:47am

I'm headed to the finish. Not sure what's happening now.

#18 Sun, 06/08/2014 - 11:33am

1. Primo/Livestrong first
2. Jimmy 9 mins back
3. Kamanu 5 mins back
4. Kailua 2 mins

Hope I got it right, no binocs and bad eyes = mistakes. Lol

#19 Sun, 06/08/2014 - 1:23pm


thanks Gaucho! blow by blow.

#20 Sun, 06/08/2014 - 2:56pm

Jimmy guys got DQ for making the change to early. They did finish 2nd for day two.

#21 Mon, 06/09/2014 - 5:55am

Well how early did they change and what was the protocol? Seems like you're splitting hairs, the change crew just paddles longer. I don't see how that is an advantage for his crew.

#22 Mon, 06/09/2014 - 6:50am


I was not on the water and certainly would like to hear a detailed recap.

In regards to your question, if a paddler or two in the first crew was cramping or exhausted, then changing to 2nd crew 10 minutes early or anytime early could have an influence on results.

#23 Mon, 06/09/2014 - 8:54am

Knowing or unknowingly changing 5 or 6 miles (early) with a fresh crew of that caliber can influence any race.

#24 Mon, 06/09/2014 - 10:49am

After talking with the escort boat driver for Jimmy's crew it was his belief that he was seeing Primo/Kona doing there change and therefor proceeded with theirs. This after repeated radio calls to the director for approval. They were later told that they made there change at mile 14. I find it hard to believe that after two hours of paddling in descent surf conditions that they were only 14 miles out. I would venture to say that may have been beyond 20 miles. If some one knows better please share. This info is from their escort.

#25 Mon, 06/09/2014 - 11:10am

Day 2 results:

  1. Primo/Mellow Johnny's (these guys were super strong)
  2. TEAM PACIFIC HONDA (aka organized byJimmy Austin III)
  3. Team Kamanu (Kauai/Oahu combo crew)
  4. Kailua Canoe Club Men

Day 1 & 2
Overall Results:

  1. Primo/Mellow Johnny's ($11,500)
  2. Team Kamanu ($6,000)
  3. Team Pacific Honda (Disqualified)
  4. Kailua Canoe Club men ($3,500)

That's a shame about Team Pacific Honda. It sounds like a communication breakdown.
Hopefully we can all still be friends. I thought the DQ was a little harsh but I wasn't present for
the course breifing. I personally thought there would certainly be some type of penalty.
Oh well glad everyone made it out of there alive. At least we can be glad for that.

#26 Mon, 06/09/2014 - 12:55pm

It is a shame too, that no mention at all made of women's teams that completed the race...

#27 Mon, 06/09/2014 - 1:14pm

After the Eono race we were accused of changing at 14 miles into the race on leg 2 which we were told we were disqualified for. The fact is our escort and relief paddlers changed at 2 hours and 14 minutes into the race. Our Handheld GPS was set to diamond head reef 3.5 miles from the finish of the race. When our crew decided to change they had contacted the official boat 3 times to see when the change was to take place. Our GPS read 16.5 miles from diamond head reef and they calculated that we were at the halfway point so we changed. We had made several liquid drops for the crew before the change. Is it possible that a water drop was confused for a crew change? We as a crew thought we had followed all the race rules and protocol and were disgusted to hear that we had been disqualified for something that we feel did not take place.
Furthermore a whole day later when looking for an explanation for such a harsh penalty we were told of two more reasons why we were being disqualified. 1 our boat was underweight and 2. that we had skipped turning on a buoy in Kaunakakai. My boat out of the mold was 154 lbs. We added a second Venturi and Liquid system holders which brought the boat to 168lbs. When speaking with the race director at the pre race briefing on wed. we were told that it wouldn't be an issue. As for the turn buoys in Kaunakakai we unknowingly missed a buoy on the inside of the harbor. The change point had been moved from its original spot unbeknownst to us and we were a bit caught off guard as there was no communication given of this change.
At the end of the day we feel that the Disqualification is harsh and not consistent with any of the races in the past. We as a crew respect the rules of the race and in no way shape or form feel we need to cheat to improve our overall result.

#28 Tue, 06/10/2014 - 3:23pm

So many rules broken, and an excuse for each one of them. Sounds legit to me.

#29 Tue, 06/10/2014 - 5:30pm

Pacific Honda - DQ or not I hope you had a hell of a good time for that price!

#30 Tue, 06/10/2014 - 8:50pm

I was wondering why Pure Canoe didn't have any canoes in the race. They were the innovators in many ways with the V6 unlimiited movement. Maybe busy with new V1 and V3 products?? You would especially think Mellow Johnny guys would race a Pure Canoe.

#31 Thu, 06/12/2014 - 5:19am


#32 Thu, 07/30/2015 - 11:26pm

@fluidpaddler, full results listed on the Pa'a Eono fb page.

#33 Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:26pm

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