Kaipalaoa, Valentine’s and More 2023 Action

Last week we saw So Juicy host a fleet of almost 150 people and canoes for a short and long course race in Hilo’s Kaipalaoa Races. There were 68 on the long course and 65 on the short course.

Kaipalaoa Mass Beach Start

HIPA is also trying out their new race timing system based on webscorer. We had numerous Keaukaha podium places, including Jose’s 1st overall on the long course and Tyler and Mario cracking the top 5 overall. Because we’re behind on race news, let’s skip all the shout-outs but the results from our hammahs speak for themselves. Great paddling!

Huggos Valentine’s Relay Race

This past Saturday race saw about 180 canoes breaking previous records. Lots of OC2’s and relay’s on the 8 mile course and the 10 mile course. Also many paddler’s ironed both courses.

Conditions were somewhat typical for that run. Washing machine waves off the point and weird currents and shifting winds elsewhere. With some careful navigation there were plenty of small bumps to be found but there were sections were the OC2’s were a little to big and heavy to take advantage of them.

HIPA published the results on webscorer where you can see them and click them interactively. For the full course results, just click on the “Overall” item for that race.

Here’s a quick summary of our 1st place top category finishers but we had lots and lots of podium finishes. The Jr’s with 3 people doing the 4 man OC2 relay missed 1st overall by just 17 seconds.

  • Long Course: Eric (Iron); Nik & Whitney (Iron); Eha Kiyuna, Niau Paulos, Ali’i Youderian (Jr. Relay, Ali’i Iron); Grant, Kawai (Relay); Kawena Brooks, Alexia Osburn (Relay)
  • Short Course: Keola, Rena (Relay); Wai`olukea Publico (Jr. Iron)

Jeff (Iron) and Greg (Iron) get honorable mention on the short course. If you toss out the OC2 canoes they finished #2 and #3 overall for OC1. They had to race open category and Jeff was squeezed out of 1st by 4 seconds.

Keoua’s Kupuna Memorial Race On 25th

Don’t forget the Keoua race on the 25th at Honaunau, some of the prettiest paddling waters around.

Watch the HIPA site for race details.