HVA Race Around the Hat

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Photos by auekapaku

Some Photos by Minnie Fontenelle

This Saturday the Hawai’i Va’a Association held it’s first rudderless V-1 race out of Kualoa Beach Park. Since V-1 paddling is relatively new to Hawai’i and there are not a lot of experienced rudderless paddlers, the event was catered towards the novice and youth divisions. There were only about twenty V-1 available on O’ahu for use in the competition. The limitation in canoes necessitated a departure from traditional Hawaiian race formats.

Each division (open, novice, 18 and under, 15 and under) had a separate race so that 20 V-1 could accommodate 70 paddlers. The open men’s division was split into two separate qualifying heats, with a final race for the top competitors. While the open women and youth did the same course as the open men, the novices raced on a slightly shorter course inside of Chinaman’s Hat.

After the “choosing of the canoes,” the competitors in each heat stood on the beach as the MC counted down the minutes to the start. Nothing describes the start better than the one competitor who called it “complete mayhem.” If you weren’t lucky enough to get out front, you were inevitably stuck in the middle of a pack of swerving V-1. All of the races were large triangles, so that the competitors got to experience the rudderless from every wind angle. For the finish, the racers had to do a 90 degree left turn around a buoy before a 30 yard sprint to shore and then a final dash up the beach through the finish line.

The top three in each division took home “Race Around the Hat” trophies, and the division winners all got their names engraved for eternity on the HVA perpetual glass trophy. The race was made possible through the huge outpouring of support from all of the sponsors, including: NS Air, Kamanu Composites, Tiger Canoe, Tahitian Outrigger, Kialoa, Olukai, Mana Blades, Island Paddler, Mudbrook Paddles, Makana Alii, Planet Sun, Kole Gear, ‘Oiwi Ocean Gear, Pa’a, Hammer Gel, Makai Magazine, Pacific Paddler, Keahiakahoe Canoe Club, Ocean Paddler TV, Dakine, Broadreach Paddles, Maoli Wa’a, and Kalaoa Paddles. Everyone walked away with awesome prizes from all of the sponsors.

  OVERALL FINISH
  race#  heat Name          Last           heat      final     Total      Division
 1  48   1    Mael          Carey          18:43.3   36:33.0   55:16.3    Open
 2  29   2    Luke          Evslin         18:59.0   37:37.8   56:36.8    Open
 3  65   1    Aaron         Napoleon       19:44.4   37:56.4   57:40.8    Open
 4  31   2    Manny         Kulukulualani  19:25.0   38:41.0   58:06.0    Open
 5  42   1    Kekoa         Bruhn          20:24.9   37:45.2   58:10.1    Open
 6  78   2    Mark          Frazier        19:56.0   39:25.2   59:21.2    Open
 7  85   1    Spencer       York           19:52.2   40:10.1   1:00:02.3  Open
 8  55   2    Puni          Freitas        19:46.0   40:37.2   1:00:23.2  18 & Under
 9  22   1    Kaeo'o'kalani Abbey          22:02.0   39:07.8   1:01:09.8  Open
10  40   2    kekoa         kau            20:49.0   40:36.0   1:01:25.0  18 & Under
11  43   2    Kamu          Lau            20:34.0   41:26.0   1:02:00.0  Open
12  41   2    Eckhart       Diestel        20:11.0   42:35.7   1:02:46.7  Open
13  32   2    Kulani        Jones          22:01.0   40:53.8   1:02:54.8  Open
14  53   2    Kainoa        Philpotts      21:13.0   42:15.6   1:03:28.6  18 & Under
15  82   1    bobby         pratt          21:26.1   42:02.6   1:03:28.6  Open
16  47   2    ty            fu             21:36.0   42:19.0   1:03:55.0  Open
17  83   1    Keola         Wright         20:52.5   43:06.2   1:03:58.7  Open
18  11   3    Emili         Janchevis      21:48.4   42:41.8   1:04:30.2  Open F
19  17   2    Ron           Cotteen        21:46.0   43:05.8   1:04:51.8  Open
20  54   2    Thibert       Lussiaa        19:28.0   dnf       #VALUE!    Open
21  46   1    Tomas         Schlotman      21:02.7   dnf       #VALUE!    Open


                                                                 
  ORDER OF FINAL                                                         
  race#  heat Name          Last            final      Division:
 1  48   1    Mael          Carey           36:33.0    Open
 2  29   2    Luke          Evslin          37:37.8    Open
 3  42   1    Kekoa         Bruhn           37:45.2    Open
 4  65   1    Aaron         Napoleon        37:56.4    Open
 5  31   2    Manny         Kulukulualani   38:41.0    Open
 6  22   1    Kaeo'o'kalani Abbey           39:07.8    Open
 7  78   2    Mark          Frazier         39:25.2    Open
 8  85   1    Spencer       York            40:10.1    Open
 9  40   2    kekoa         kau             40:35.6    18 & Under
10  55   2    Puni          Freitas         40:37.2    18 & Under
11  32   2    Kulani        Jones           40:53.8    Open
12  43   2    Kamu          Lau             41:26.0    Open
13  82   1    bobby         pratt           42:02.6    open
14  53   2    Kainoa        Philpotts       42:15.6    18 & Under
15  47   2    ty            fu              42:19.0    Open
16  41   2    Eckhart       Diestel         42:35.7    Open
17  11   3    Emili         Janchevis       42:41.8    Open F
18  17   2    Ron           Cotteen         43:05.8    Open
19  83   1    Keola         Wright          43:06.2    Open
20  54   2    Thibert       Lussiaa         dnf        Open
21  46   1    Tomas         Schlotman       dnf        Open
  Women and all Juniors ran in the same heat

  OVERALL WOMEN
  race#  Name       Last        Time   Sex:    Division:
1  11  Emili      Janchevis   21:48.4  Female  Open
2  67  Bigot      Chantal     22:32.3  Female  Open
3   7  Sharon     Balidoy     22:48.5  Female  Open
4  66  Lucas      Kinu        23:14.3  Female  Open
5  62  Helen      Williams    24:48.7  Female  Open
6  49  Savannah   Mccue       27:09.7  Female  Open
7  81  Anna       Mathisen    27:33.9  Female  Open
8   5  ANELLA     BORGES      27:53.5  Female  Open
9   6  Eileen     Helmstetter 32:07.0  Female  Open

                                               
  OVERALL 15 & UNDER                           
1  23  dayne      van gieson  22:48.1  Male    15 & Under
2  60  Scott      Kaili       24:21.6  Male    15 & Under
3  68  Riggs      Napoleon    28:21.2  Male    15 & Under
4  88  Luke       Matschek    28:30.2  Male    15 & Under
                                               
  OVERALL 18 & UNDER                           
1  71  Kalei      Kahookele   19:48.5  Male    18 & Under
2  40  kekoa      kau         20:58.0  Male    18 & Under
3  53  Kainoa     Philpotts   21:47.9  Male    18 & Under
4  34  Laakea     Kahookele   23:03.8  Male    18 & Under
5  56  jonathan   yoshikawa   25:02.6  Male    18 & Under
6  84  Kaoru      Lovett      25:18.7  Male    18 & Under
7  18  daniel     rzonca      26:05.9  Male    18 & Under
8  63  Barak      Argov       28:49.0  Male    18 & Under
  NOVICE
   race#   Name       Last           Time      Sex   Division
                                                           
 1   14    Shawn      Lepine       18:01.9   Male    Open     
 2   50    Robert     Olson        18:32.1   Male             
 3   28    Kahai      Macdonald    18:36.3   Male    Open     
 4   86    Boris      Manzewski    19:18.8   Male    Open     
 5   61    Steven     Wayte        20:14.6   Male    Open     
 6   38    Wendell    Balai        20:50.1   Male             
 7   79    Brian      Cody         20:53.1   Male    Open     
 8   69    guy        larson-hicks 20:54.6   Male    Open     
 9   90    Matt       Forster      20:57.7   Male    Open     
10   36    jacob      sensano      21:17.6   Male    Open     
11    4    Ethan      Brown        21:20.3   Male    Open     
12   27    Tim        Thomas       21:40.3   Male    Open     
13   59    Steve      Nugent       21:47.7   Male    Open     
14   44    Kane       Pai          21:48.9   Male    Open     
15    9    Mei        Tuicolo      21:52.4   Female  Open     
16   80    Kawika     Miranda      21:58.4   Male    Open     
17   10    Camille    Decarmejane  22:28.2   Female  Open     
18   33    Josiah     Nishita      22:51.3   Male             
19   12    bryan      elam         27:42.0   Male    Open     
1    64    Alan       Goto         16:52.6           DQ for not being novice


MENS HEAT 1
race# heat  Name          Last         Time     
48     1    Mael          Carey        18:43.3  
71     1    Kalei         Kahookele    19:27.4  
65     1    Aaron         Napoleon     19:44.4  
85     1    Spencer       York         19:52.2  
42     1    Kekoa         Bruhn        20:24.9  
83     1    Keola         Wright       20:52.5  
46     1    Tomas         Schlotman    21:02.7  
82     1    bobby         pratt        21:26.1  
22     1    Kaeo'o'kalani Abbey        22:02.0  
72     1    Glenn         Williams     22:07.0  
57     1    Leon          Rossbotham   22:32.1  
52     1    Ricky         Balidoy      22:42.6  
58     1    Kapono        Ciotti       22:44.0  
51     1    Dagan         Johnston     22:48.0

MENS HEAT 2
race# heat  Name       Last             Time        
29     2    Luke       Evslin           18:59.0
31     2    Manny      Kulukulualani    19:25.0
54     2    Thibert    Lussiaa          19:28.0
55     2    Puni       Freitas          19:46.0
78     2    Mark       Frazier          19:56.0
41     2    Eckhart    Diestel          20:11.0
43     2    Kamu       Lau              20:34.0
40     2    kekoa      kau              20:49.0
53     2    Kainoa     Philpotts        21:13.0
47     2    ty         fu               21:36.0
17     2    Ron        Cotteen          21:46.0
32     2    Kulani     Jones            22:01.0
24     2    Steve      Sahetapy-Eng     22:59.0
19     2    Michael    Delima           24:17.0
21     2    Jerome     Cox              30:20.0

Posted by keizo on Sat, 09/12/2009 - 5:58pm

6 comments

PRESS RELEASE

KUALOA BEACH PARK - (September 12, 2009) -- Maui paddler Mael Carey claimed the first annual Race Around the Hat today finishing with a time of 55:16. He may be considered Hawai'i's best v-1 canoe paddler, finishing over a minute ahead of second place finisher and race organizer Luke Evslin. Mael is currently training with team Primo, one of Hawai'i's top contenders for the Moloka'i Hoe in October.

"V-1 canoe paddling is relatively new to Hawai'i" says Luke Evslin. "All of the single person outrigger races in Hawai'i feature canoes with rudders, where as the V-1's you steer only using your paddle." The Hawai'i Va'a Association was formed in 2008 with this being their first major event. Jeremy Cole, president of the HVA says, "we want to promote traditional forms of paddling, especially for the youth. We are really very pleased with the turn out today. Seventy paddlers for our first event is fantastic. It was a new format for most people here, and it seems like everyone had a really great time."

Twelve of those paddlers were under eighteen and were allowed to race for free, waived of the thirty eight dollar entry fee. Kalei Kaho'okele took the top spot in the Junior course with a time of 19:48, which was over a minute ahead of the competition. Kalei also entered the first mens heat placing 4th overall and was seeded to enter the mens final, but didn't get to race due to a conflicting kayak race for high school. Other top junior paddlers included Puni Freitas, Kekoa Kau, and Kainoa Philpotts, all entering and finishing in the top fifteen in the open mens course.

Emili Janchevis, a Maui resident who just returned from competition in Tahiti won the Women's division with a time of 21:48. She held off eight other competitors in the division. While the women were only planned to have one heat, her time was fast enough to qualify for the Men's Final. She placed 18th overall.

"The HVA is trying to promote V-1 paddling because we know it's a really powerful training tool that Hawai'i's paddlers don't use." Says Jeremy Cole. Tahiti has repeatedly shattered records in the 9-man Moloka'i Hoe in the past few years, beating Hawai'i's best teams by some fifteen minutes. "We're hoping this will pump new energy into Hawai'i's paddling scene and open up the sport to new paddlers as well. There were a lot of new faces that we don't usually see at other races." adds Jeremy Cole. Paddler Spencer York repeated after the race "I can't stress enough how much fun today was. I had a lot of fun."

The race was made possible from a host of companies that love the paddling community: NS Air, Kamanu Composites, Tiger Canoe, Tahitian Outrigger, Kialoa, Olukai, Mana Blades, Island Paddler, Mudbrook Paddles, Makana Alii, Planet Sun, Kole Gear, ‘Oiwi Ocean Gear, Pa’a, Hammer Gel, Makai Magazine, Pacific Paddler, Keahiakahoe Canoe Club, Ocean Paddler TV, Dakine, Broadreach Paddles, Maoli Wa’a, Kuau Water Patrol, and Kalaoa Paddles.

For more information, complete results, and info about future events visit www.HawaiiVaa.org or www.OCPaddler.com


#1 Sun, 09/13/2009 - 12:41pm


as another person working with HVA, I just want to add a short comment about the race today.

all the sponsors definitely made this great day possible. without them, the race would not have happened.

what really set this event apart from all others i have been to was the prevailing vibe. people were STOKED on paddling all over again. i can't tell you how many times i had 15 and under kids up to masters aged paddlers tell me this is the most fun they've had at a race in ages. some even went so far as to say they have never been at a race that was this much fun. kudo's to all the paddlers for making this happen. you folks made this race what it was.

to everyone that asked, there are certainly more races and clinics being planned. stay tuned and be sure to support the businesses that support paddling! to all the people that were scared to come check it out, get off your butts and try something new! i promise you'll go home smiling

Aloha-
Jeremy


#2 Sun, 09/13/2009 - 12:37pm


Good times! Thanks to everyone who let excited losers (like me) paddle their V1. Really appreciated the advice, boat use, and general friendliness.


#3 Sun, 09/13/2009 - 10:30pm


what were the distances of the races?


#4 Mon, 09/14/2009 - 7:31am


In order to help increase the number of V-1's, perhaps the manufacturers could make a few of them for sale at just a little over cost, and with the condition that the canoes would be made available for races, demo, and instruction?


#5 Mon, 09/14/2009 - 9:13am


lol. good idea. but that's putting an awful big burden on the manufacturers...

maybe if it was a two way street...like the buyer would sign a contract stating that the new owner is responsible for all repairs of the canoe and that if the canoe is sold for anything over the original purchase price, the profit is given to the manufacturer.


#6 Mon, 09/14/2009 - 4:44pm


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