Oct 11 - Waipuhi Series Rockhapton Race - NQ Australia

OCEANSWELL WAIPUHI series 2003 Rockhampton
They do everything BIG in Rocky, big race, big BBQ and really big trophies!! Mick and his crew have again excelled themselves and put on a fantastic and very hospitable race for the completion of round 3 of the southern end of the OCEANSWELL waipuhi series. Thanks Rocky and to the Capricorn Coast ladies who drove a fantastic lead boat for us.

Team NewZealand/Hawaii wins 2003 Hawaii Modular Space Moloka'i Hoe!

[Pacific Paddler Photos] courtesy Ropati
[Y2Kanu Photos] courtesy Rick Leton
[Team NZ/HI reclaims Moloka'i Hoe title] Honolulu Advertiser
[Team NZ/HI wins channel race] Star Bulletin
[OCPaddler Poll Results]


Contact: Diane Fujii Johnson, Johnson LLC
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Team New Zealand Hawaii captures 52nd annual
Hawaii Modular Space Molokai Hoe

After coming in a close second last year, team stayed together
to give it another go

Honolulu, HAWAII (October 12, 2003) - Team New Zealand/Hawaii was first off the line at the 7:25 a.m. start and never relinquished their lead during the entire 41-mile race course. Along with New Zealand/Hawaii, 95 other crews lined up at Hale O Lono Harbor on Molokai this morning to attempt to capture the 52nd annual Hawaii Modular Space Molokai Hoe, what many deem the world championships of long-distance canoe paddling. Seas were a bit choppy with wave heights in the 3 - 5 foot range and normal 10-15 mile an hour north-east trade winds.

Many of the crews knew competition would be keen and chose a northerly route, including the lead teams: Team New Zealand/Hawaii, Lanikai Canoe Club, Outrigger Canoe Club and last year's champions Ra'i Tahiti. With a sizable south swell drumming up surf in the 6 to 8 foot face range, most avoided the breakers and kept outside the current line. Team New Zealand had kept nearly a mile between them and Lanikai until just outside of Diamond Head. At that point some major shifts took place including Lanikai closing the gap with New Zealand/Hawaii to within a ¼ of a mile and Ra'i Tahiti overtaking Outrigger's third place position. But Team New Zealand wasn't about to replay last year's scenario where they came in second place by a mere 20 seconds.

"We saw Lanikai gaining on us by Diamond Head and was shocked to see that they had come within a quarter of a mile," says Karel Tresnak, coach and steersman for Team New Zealand/Hawaii. "That's when we picked it up, I didn't want it to be a dog fight until the end. I wanted to keep our lead." And that they did, winning the Hawaii Modular Space Molokai Hoe with a time of 5 hours, 2 minutes and 24 seconds. Lanikai 1 came in 5 minutes later and took second with a time of 5 hours, 7 minutes and 15 seconds. Surprisingly Hui Nalu, who was either in 5th or 6th place during the entire race came in third. They took a more direct route possibly avoiding most of the currents and took a strong third place finish with a time of 5 hours, 12 minutes and 47 seconds. Outrigger Canoe Club place fourth and Hawaiian Canoe Club of Maui placed 5th. Please see below for full results.

Television airing of the Hawaii Modular Space Molokai Hoe will first appear on Oceanic Cable Channel 16 on October 26 at 7:00 p.m. with 6 repeat airings occurring that week. For accredited news media, please email any requests for photos or footage of the event.

Ken Nagamine won the corrective LASIK eye surgery courtesy of Laser Eye Center of Hawaii. He guessed the winning time of the crew to be 5 hours, 2 minutes and 25 seconds - a guess that was off by only one second. The winning time was 5:02:24.

This year's Molokai Hoe was made possible with the support of Hawaii Modular Space as title sponsor, and associate sponsors Hinano Tahiti Beer, Ocean Club, RCI Construction Group, Laser Eye Center of Hawaii, Hawaiian 105 KINE and XCEL Wetsuits and Friends of the Race; Hale Koa Hotel, Happy Shirts, Pacific Paddler, Menehune Water, Kualoa Ranch, Reid Inouye Productions, JOSS Photo and Ocean Cable Channel 16.

For more information, visit

1st overall: Team New Zealand/Hawaii 5:02:24 Open Division
(Kea Paiaina, Billy Pratt, Andrew Penny, Maui Kjelosen, Raven Aipa, Thibert Lussiaa, Robert Kaiwai, Eugene Marsh, Karel Tresnak)

1st Masters 35: Mooloolaba from Australia 5:22:49
(Phil Thistlewood, Marc Haine, Russ Johnson, Ron Grabber, Ken Powel, Greg Rynne, Andrew Sprizzi, Rob Gowland, Guy Wilding)

1st Masters 45: Namolokama O Hanalei 5:49:41
(Steve Cole, Steve Baker, Togo Humsurr, Lance Lawey, Mick Callahan, Gene Lopez, Mark Daniels, Leslie Yokotake, Kauaika Goodale)

1st Masters 55: Kailua Canoe Club 5:47:00
(Hank Leandro, Mike Watson, Bob Bruce, Paul Gay, Bruce Clifford, Bob Thurston, Willy Dunhour, Sean Murphy, Kalani Delovio, Jeff Metzger, Paul Aguirre, Chris Crabb)

1st Koa: Lanikai 2, 5:43:34
(Kalani Irvine, Mike Smith, Zane Chess, Aaron Creps, Jeff Cummings, Scott Freitas, Bruce Lucas, James Bustamante, Herb Nahinu)

Hawaii Modular Space Molokai Hoe Pre Race Interviews

[Tahiti's Rai back to defend title] Honolulu Advertiser
[Canadians seek improvement] Star Bulletin Prerace Article


Contact: Diane Fujii Johnson, Johnson LLC
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The battle is on for the Hawaii Modular Space Molokai Hoe
With possibly the largest contingent of crews ever, the 52nd annual crossing of the
Molokai Channel will be a fight til the end

Honolulu, HAWAII (October 10, 2003) - With just two days until race day, tensions are running high and battles have already begun as crew members fight for their spot among their club's first team. Only when that team is selected can they focus on the bigger picture, winning the war. The war in this case takes place in the open ocean, in the 41-miles it takes canoe paddlers to cross the infamous Kaiwi Channel. This will be the 52nd year for the Hawaii Modular Space Molokai Hoe and over 100 teams are expected to participate with as many as 25 being international crews.

Months of mental and physical training will be put to the test this Sunday, October 12th, as crews will battle strong trade winds and choppy seas. Last year's conditions were the exact opposite with no wind and flat ocean conditions leading many to believe that those favored the reigning champions, Rai of Tahiti whose finish time was 5 hours, 11 minutes and 35 seconds. We interviewed some of the favored local contenders: Team New Zealand/Hawaii, Lanikai and Outrigger Canoe Club.

TV Airtimes for Hawaii Modular Na Wahine O Ke Kai

Silver Edition
25th Anniversary Hawaii Modular Space
Na Wahine O Ke Kai

2004 Kaua'i World Challenge (Free Hotel Offer) & Kauai Schedule

Time again to start thinking about the 2004 Steinlager Kaua'i World Challenge! The date has been set for April 24, 2004, one week before the Ka'iwi Channel Relay. Please start marking your calendars. It will be run much like it was this year in the relay format with changes done at each beach. 34 miles total. And let's not forget the cash prizes! Further information and the official website will be posted on OCPaddler at a later date.

There are four nights free at the Radisson Kaua'i for a committing team from France, Italy, England, Panama, Costa Rica, Japan, or Brazil. Please contact Tom Bartlett directly regarding this offer.

Tom Bartlett, Contact Info:
fax: (808) 826-5506
email: tbart at
(note: replace 'at' with @)

Keizo Gates
KWC Web Coordinator

Dec 20 - Rio Va'a 2003 International Canoe Race

Confirmations and an intent to race need to be sent in asap. Email(replace 'at' w/@): riowaa at
Also I found a cool video from the hosting clubs website. Check it out

[Full Race Packet] as word document

Rio Va'a (Wa'a) 2003
December 20th, 2003

Oct 4 - OCEANSWELL Waipuhi OC1 Series Race 4 Results

This weekend Coral Sea Outrigger Canoe Club hosted round 4 of the OCEANSWELL Waipuhi OC1 Series 2003 and it was a true test of the toughest !!

Competitors launched from a pontoon in the river and then headed (4kms) out against the tide and into some strong head winds and currents to cross the channel between Magnetic Island and the mainland.
Paddlers rounded one of the channel markers and then strapped themselves in for one of the best surfing runs (9.5kms) the series has seen in a long time. The waves were curling and the canoes just skimmed from one to the next linking up wave after wave. Paddles up and enjoy the ride!

October 12, 2003 - 52nd annual Moloka'i Hoe

If you're racing I sure hope you already know about his site!
[] includes past results, photos, & important info/schedule on this years race.
OCPaddler poll will be going up later this week. Email if any suggestions.

Official Dates for 2004 Hilo World Sprints - August 9 – 15

The official 2004 IVF site was updates early september, includes a general schdedule and information. Click on the link below:

Sept 28 - Mooloolaba OCC wins 2003 Na Wahine O Ke Kai

update:[Pacific Paddler Photos] courtesy Ropati / boat driver Karel
[Australian paddling team breezes to crown] Honolulu Advertiser
[Y2Kanu Photos] courtesy Rick Leton
Mooloolaba OCC OPEN 5:26:37
Outrigger CC OPEN 5:36:20
Kai Opua (Hawai MASTERS-35+ 5:44:31
[OCPaddler Poll Results]
[Na Wahine O Ke Kai traverses channel for 25th time] Star Bulletin pre race article

Contact: Diane Fujii Johnson, Johnson LLC
Email: DianeFJohnson at

With a record 72 crews entered, Australians take the title of the Silver Anniversary Hawaii Modular Space Na Wahine O Ke Kai
Mooloolaba finishes the 25th Molokai crossing with second fastest time -
misses record by just over 2 minutes

Honolulu, HAWAII (September 28, 2003) - Determination is what drove Mooloolaba Outrigger Canoe Club from Australia to dominate today's Hawaii Modular Space Na Wahine O Ke Kai. From the 7:30 a.m. start time, Mooloolaba who came in third last year - held a dominant lead over the rest of the 72 entered crews. Off the start line, they quickly gained an 8 minute spread ahead of Honolulu's Outrigger Canoe Club and held the one-mile gap the duration of the race.

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