2008 Moloka'i Hoe Results, News, Pics

Was reading the tahitipresse article. 82 stokes a minute. Unbelievable. The level of aerobic fitness required to pull that off is incredible.

#1 Mon, 10/13/2008 - 5:26am

anyone know the breakdown for shell technique? Hiro C?

Top hand so high and wrist bent, goes against common Hawaii technique coaching.


#2 Mon, 10/13/2008 - 10:12am

News from down under about Mooloolaba Masters in the race

#3 Mon, 10/13/2008 - 11:25am

Just curious - is there anything in the OCHRA rules about performance enhancing drugs? Perhaps it's not officially "illegal" after all? Training is huge but as with Lance Armstrong will tell you, any feat truly out of proportion to the best bears much scrutiny.

What happens when you are sponsored by BIG OIL and you don't perfom, do you lose your job also?

I'm not accusing anyone of anything just wondering about where this sport is heading...

#4 Mon, 10/13/2008 - 12:08pm

joe, did you notice they all paddle on the same side... It's not their usual stroke... It's just for crossing the finish line. It makes nices pictures And nice shots for TV !

#5 Mon, 10/13/2008 - 12:28pm

They cheated... their paddling technique is not OHCRA aproved !

#6 Mon, 10/13/2008 - 12:33pm

Does anyone have any photos/videos of Shell Va'a paddling onto the beach?? I heard they paddled straight on to shore. That must been quite an exciting sight to see.

#7 Mon, 10/13/2008 - 12:34pm

#8 Mon, 10/13/2008 - 1:33pm

smart visual effect, paddling on same side.

Hiro, is there a technique template that the Tahitians go by? seems that the top hand is a lot higher, maybe i need to watch video to see whats going on, could be just bigger spread between top and bottom arm.

#9 Mon, 10/13/2008 - 1:38pm

Hiro, I think Joe was asking is what are the basics of the tahitian technique? What are the basics for their stroke? I think he asks that because from the picture (not just the fact that they are on the same side) their technique looks very different from most.

Plus they have friggin monster paddles. Good god, and a 80+ stoke rate? Insane, no wonder they won...

#10 Mon, 10/13/2008 - 2:49pm

I've read Steve West's "Paddler's guide to outrigger canoe" and we are taught the same basics...
There was a TV show on RFO last week. They followed shell team during Hawaiki nui 2007 and, during one minute they (shell's paddlers) were talking about their stroke. They were discussing wether they would paddle the next day with a very short stroke and high stroke rate or take a longer stroke, with a lower rate... I think they just do what they feel they are able to do. If they could go for a 100 stroke/ min, they would do it !
Wait for the TV show, and see how they paddle in the ocean, not what they are doing last hundred meters before finish.

#11 Mon, 10/13/2008 - 7:17pm

OUTSTANDING...........to be 10 minutes ahead of everybody.....

#12 Tue, 10/14/2008 - 11:07am

I agree with veronica blaze......where is our sport going? Granted Tahiti has dominated the last three years, at what cost to our sport?

Shell Va'a paddlers all around 5' 10" is waha, many of them boys were over 6 feet as i walked next to them. They did not look tired or weary after the race.

I saw them ( Shell, OPT, Venus, etc.) off the start and it was amazing, simply amazing. Lanikai was doing the same but not quite with the "zest" the Tahitians had. Team Pa'a also, for these "local" working man crews to accomplish what they did is also amazing.

The Tahitians i watched in the Kaiwi were catching waves and screaming on LONG rides. Many were averaging 9/9.5 knots and faster. At times they would catch a wave and stop paddling and just ride.

Hats off to Shell Va'a, Venus Va'a, OPT and the other Tahitian crews AWESOME job. Lanikai 3rd and 10th, indeed noteworthy. Team Pa'a with as little time together as they had, Manny, Raven, Keali'i, Alfred, Tapa and the others opened eyes. As late as the Henry Ayau race, they were not in tune, hitting was ragged, all cylinders not firing as one and Lanikai beat them with the KOA canoe. Moloka'i was their show case, look out if they can bring it all together next year.

Which brings us back to "where is our sport going?" The Tahitians are Professionals, Shell Va'a had 2 cherry boys in this crew and only 3 of them were in the crew for all 3 wins. Competitive??? You bet!!! Don't get me wrong now. If your lively hood depended on your conditioning, aerobic fitness and paddling ability, How far would you go to maintain that edge?

We have seen it time after time in the ranks of Olympians and Pro players, who wanted the records, the medals and the money. How far did they go??? Did they risk disgrace? O Yes! Forfeiture of money, medals and fame. O Yes! Names like Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery, Barry Bonds and others. Balco? Victor Conte? Who knows where we are going? In a sport that is not tested, how far would you go? IT IS TIME TO TEST the top twenty crews, maybe top 30.

Hats off to the "Live Strong" crew, Masepa Tanoai, Steve Blyth, Lyle Palakiko, Seth Koppes, Jerry Bess, Michael Field, Keoni Lindsey, Nathan Hendricks and Bruce Ayau. The fountain of youth is on the Big Island! Or is it in Kailua?
Kailua 50's were awesome. Paul Hewlett, Stephen Holbrook, Nyle Warriner, Wally Hamasaki, Benny (the jet) Quitevis, Lance Anderson, Bob Eheler, Michael McCue and Kamoa (THE MAN) Kalama.
Team Bradley/Hui Nalu 55's; Harold Akeo, Tom Arnott, Ken Bailey, Bill Bright, Mark Buck, Chris Crabbe, Beanie Heen, Charles (Boy) Kalama, Jimmy Kincaid, Bill Mowat, Bob Rocheleau and "THE" Ho'okele Butch Ukushima.
All Hawai'i crews/paddlers (ok get some haoles). Hawai'i all the way across in these divisions. Where are the Tahitians here......no moa. Dey scade?

Anyway, congratulations to all who participated, it was a great Race. Especially by the crew from Pure Light and Aka Hemmings. They get the WORLD Record for their division. How cool is that??? Dawna Zane, Lea Kleppes, Sharon Stanbro, Tami Hetke, Beth Arnoult, Darralyn Clarke, John Greer, Joseph Broc, Jeremy Wagner, Mark Wormley, Carl Kahui and Aka Hemmings. Congratulations to the World record holders and undefeated winners of their division, PURE LIGHT. Wow. That's how it's done!


#13 Wed, 10/15/2008 - 10:23am

Heard that when 2 canoes collided at the very start of the race, one was so damaged, it couldn't continue. Does anybody know which club this was or what happened?

Hard luck. Train hard all year and your race is over after a few minutes.

#14 Wed, 10/15/2008 - 6:23pm

the canoe that was taken out of the race was the Honolulu Fire guys. the crew that did the taking out was...

#15 Wed, 10/15/2008 - 6:39pm

believe it was occ on the other end of that exchange. It sucked for hfd but they winded up escorting a crew from my club, whose escort boat went dead after 21 miles and ironed for an 1.5 hr stretch. All our guys were extremely stoked for all their support.

#16 Wed, 10/15/2008 - 8:18pm

Just want to say congrats to Aaron Brummel of Hawaiian Canoe Club's #2 crew. Aaron had an indusrial accident that cost him two fingers and severely damaged several others. After his accident, I thought his paddling days were over for ever. When I saw him at Hale 'O Lono on Sunday morning, I was totally stoked for him. To be paddling the Ka'iwi so soon after his accident was inspirational for me.

Aaron, you da man! Welcome back. You are living proof that limitations are self-imposed. Can't wait to see you out there for OC-1 season!

#17 Thu, 10/16/2008 - 11:36am

Wanted to say congratulations to the team from Molokai, Kukui O Molokai. They finished 27th overall with an all Hawaiian crew, some old timers, and 3 first time, never done the channel before, young men, and one young man that had only done it once before. Wanna thank the old timers for sucking it up and taking these young men across and doing it well. Molokai is proud!

#18 Thu, 10/16/2008 - 2:15pm

Jaybird, I like the way you think. Problem is bringing the officiating up to speed with the paddlers. Hawaii will find a way, maybe just in Hawaiian time. Hats off to all the paddlers and coaches.

#19 Sat, 10/18/2008 - 10:31am

What trophy did Shell Va'a receive?

#20 Fri, 10/24/2008 - 9:53am

Just a reminder..The 2008 Molokai Hoe special will air Sunday night (Oct 26) at 7:00pm on oc-16.

Those of you who live outside hawaii or dont have cable can watch it live at www.oc16.tv

remember 7:00pm hawaii time.

It will repeat the following week..The footage is so good, taken from boat and helo. You all will see everything!


#21 Fri, 10/24/2008 - 10:53am

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