New video “Do Something Great” now live on Molokai2Oahu YouTube Channel, featuring stories and images about the famous open-ocean endurance challenge.
The 18th edition of the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships (M2O), presented by Kona Longboard Island Lager is set for Sunday, July 27, 2014. Online registration opens Saturday, March 15 at 8 a.m. HST (11 a.m. PST, 2 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. GMT). The race will sell out early and competitors are encouraged to register as soon as possible to reserve a spot at the start line.
PaddleGuru.com is the official registration partner for the 2014 race. All athletes will need to create a free membership profile at PaddleGuru.com in order to register by clicking Sign Up on the homepage. Profiles can be created prior to the March 15. The Registration Overview page at the M2O website contains additional details, including guidelines to secure an escort boat for race day.
The open-ocean endurance paddleboard challenge is open to solo and team competitors who plan to race in either the prone or stand-up (SUP) divisions. Stock and unlimited boards are welcome in the solo and three-person team races. Only stock boards can be used in the two-person team competition.
M2O celebrates the kick-off of the 2014 race announcement with the launch of a new video titled “Do Something Great.” Now live on the official M2O YouTube Channel, the video features inspirational stories and footage of paddlers who completed the 2013 crossing of the Molokai Channel. This is the first in a series of highlight videos that will be released during the buildup to race day.
Paddleboarding fans are encouraged to join the M2O community through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Race day events will be broadcast live from the Molokai Channel over social media.
For more information visit Molokai2Oahu.com.
Connecting the islands of Molokai and Oahu, this 32-mile race crosses the Ka’iwi Channel, also known as the Molokai Channel. Men and women from more than 15 countries will face strong currents as they navigate the fastest downwind route over one of the deepest channels in the world. Top athletes complete the crossing in less than five hours, riding mid-channel waves that can crest more than 12 feet and carry paddlers hundreds of meters at a time.
M2O starts on Kaluakoi Beach on the north shore of Molokai and finishes in Maunalua Bay on the south shore of Oahu.
Founded in 1997, M2O has grown from a grassroots challenge for the legendary lifeguards and watermen of Oahu to the premiere event for the sport of paddleboarding. The annual race is a deeply personal experience, challenging every paddler’s physical and mental endurance. Every finisher experiences an individual championship.
Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships Valued Partners
The organizers and athletes of the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships thank the event’s valued partners for making the annual race possible (alphabetically): Dukes, Doctor Danger, Futures, GoPro, Hawai’i Tourism Authority, Kona Longboard Island Lager, KonaRed , Maui Jim, Oberto, Ocean Paddler Television, Patagonia, Pflueger Honda, Rogue SUP, STANDUP Paddle Magazine and Watermans Applied Science.