Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Without becoming too emotional about this whole thing, I want to take a minute and write about Jeff Chang who, this past Sunday crossed the Molokai channel for the second time in the SUP solo division. Jeff and I managed to shave 2 hours off our times from last year and finish the 32 miles in just under 7 hours. Throughout this season, Jeff arranged training runs, put up with my mental problems, helped me get my board around, and just made it possible for me to get across the channel for a second time. Jeff is such a humble guy that I know he won't talk about what he did, but I think that he is awesome, and I attribute any success that I have had in the channel to him.
During the race, we both took a northerly line in hopes of avoiding the brutal head winds that were waiting around portlock point. Although we had become separated for much of the race, in the final hours, our lines met up and I was able to follow Jeff in to the finish line.
Special thanks are in order as well to Jeff's son Chris Chang for letting me be his friend. I get to tell people that I know Chris Chang, and consequently people think that I am cool by association, so his friendship is very much appreciated.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
So, we are 10 days out from the Rainbow Sandals Molokai to Oahu paddleboard race, and it seems like everyone who comes into the shop has racing on the brain. After months of training, the race is finally almost here, and this year should be a fun one to watch. If the Battle of the Paddle was any indication of how Rainbow Sandals runs all their races, Molokai should be an awesome event to participate in. In addition, the prize money has brought in some huge names in the Standup World, and the race on the men's solo standup side will be a really solid field.
For us, the training is finally tapering down, and the days of 20 mile training runs are behind us (for now, anyway). I know that all of us here at Wet Feet are excited to get to Molokai and see what this years race has to offer.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Complete race results can be found here: