Maui Kjeldsen, Noe Auger lead 2006 Kaua'i season opener

[Photos] by Keizo Gates
edit: read more for new race recap. First race of 2006 was held January 8th. South side course with trades made for a fun first race. Results & photos below.
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Noe Auger, Kauai’s little dynamo, proved size or gender is of no issue as she flew past the women and many of the men in Sunday’s YMCA Kauai Hoe Wa’a season opener. A following sea and brisk easterly 20 mph winds made the Port Allen run a fast race for both the long and short course divisions who started at Sheraton and Kukuiula Harbor respectively. With a total of 43 entries in the long course, Noe placed a very respectable 13th overall, with a time of 1:12.52. Alana Goo, placed 2nd for the women coming in at 1:16.39 and Margie Goodno was 3rd at 1:22.13. Maui Kjeldsen, a newbie to our island but definitely not to the world of paddling, easily won the men’s long course division. He finished the 9-mile course in a ripping time of 1:04 and has definitely raised the bar for Kauai’s top paddlers. Mark Frazier was 2nd at 1:06.42 and Butch Keahialalo was 3rd at 1:07.03.

Casablanca Restaurant of Poipu Beach and refreshments by Budweiser, the organization’s main sponsor, provided an exceptional lunch. Many island businesses such as Keoki’s, Brennecke’s, Dukes, Kai Kane, Starbucks, Kauai Marriott, Grinds, Poipu Beach Broiler, Waimea Plantation Cottages, the Sheraton and the Hyatt have also helped make our seasons run smoothly. The association would also like to thank the Port Allen Fishing Club for the use of their clubhouse for the awards and food.

YMCA Kauai Hoe Wa’a is hosting their second paddling race of the season at 12:00 on Sunday, January 15.

Courses as follows: Short - Hanamaulu Bay to Kalapaki / Long - Wailua to Kalapaki. Registration from 10:00-11:00 @ Kalapaki.

Pre-race meetings will be held at 11:30 at both Hanamaulu and Kalapaki. The weather may dictate a course change so please call the race hot line @ 635-0388 for any race updates on Saturday January 14.

Long Course – 9.25 miles
Sheraton – Port Allen

Women Overall       
Name            Time                Division

Noe Auger       1:12.52         1st open
Alana Goo       1:16.39         2nd open
Laurie Denton       1:18.09         1st surfski
Margie Goodno       1:22.13         3rd open
Katy Curtis     1:24.58         1st 40-49
Katy Otsuji     1:27.46         2nd 40-49
Sanoe Hookano       1:27.46         1st 20-29
Robin Jumper        1: 29.17        1st 30-39
Midge Horwood       1:30.16         3rd 40-49
Beth Kauwe      1:31.11         2nd 30-39

Men Overall

Maui Kjeldsen       1:04            1st open
Cole/ Foster        1:06.10         1st OC - 2
Mark Frazier        1:06.42         2nd open
Butch Keahialalo    1:07.03         3rd open
JB Guard        1:07.38         1st 30-39
Wes Da Silva        1:08.16         1st surfski
Maitai  Danielson   1:08.50         1st 20-29
Kennie Denton       1:09.44         2nd surfski
Luke Evslin     1:10.20         2nd 20-29
Eric Rafter     1:10.22         2nd 30-39
Gordon Lett     1:10.29         1st 40-49
Bret Deblin     1:12.01         3rd 30-39   
Kawika Goodale      1:12.55         1st 50-59
Chris Acoba     1:13.15         2nd 40-49
Marshall MacCready  1:14.33         4th 30-39
Richard Pettigrew   1:14.45         2nd 50-59
Steve Baker     1:15.32         3rd 50-59
Joe Rapozo      1:16.29         5th 30-39
Tim Cotchay     1:17.50         3rd 40-49
Chris Piko      1:18.28         3rd 20-29
Arthur Chow     1:19.02         4th 50-59
Adam Roversi        1:19.26         6th 30-39
Mick Callahan       1:19.27         5th 50-59
Mark McDonald       1:19.36         4th 40-49
Donny   Jones       1:21.07         7th 30-39
Jason Dameron       1:21.51         4th 20-29
Kona Duarte     1:22.05         8th 30-39
Lot Botelho     1:22.11         5th 40-49
Tom Thompson        1:22.27         6th 50-59
Gene Lopez      1:23.07         7th 50-59

David McDonald      1:26.41         8th 50-59
Trae Menard     1:26.50         9th 30-39

Higa/Kekuawela      1:26.42         1st mixed OC-2
Short Course  -   7 miles
Kukuiula Harbor – Port Allen

Women Overall

Name                Time                Division

Laola Lake          1:05.29         1st open
Molly Saxton            1:12.22         2nd open
Audree Bernardino       1:12.57         3rd open
Tracey Capman           1:15.17         1st 30-39
Joy Chow            1:19.02         1st 50-59
Sara Deblin         1:22.43         2nd 30-39

Men Overall

Gregg Davis         1:02            1st open
Eddie Pratt         1:02.18         2nd open
Aaron Labuguen          1:04.12         3rd open
David Spanski           1:04.47         1st 50-59
Grant Manning           1:08.14         1st 30-39
Cyril Botelho           1:27.10         1st 15-20   

Posted by keizo on Tue, 01/10/2006 - 11:21pm

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