Hawaii’s Kanesa Duncan-Seraphin, the ‘Queen of Paddleboard’’, claimed her 8th Molokai-2-Oahu paddleboard title on July 25th, 2010 completing the 32-mile distance in a time of 6:02:45 – less than 10 minutes shy of the record she set in 2004.
Duncan-Seraphin said: “It was a fairly fast course, but it was technical. The bumps were very close together and you really had to stay focused. I love this race and this was my 10th (year doing it). I’m just stoked to finish. I felt like I had a great race today. This was one of my top 3 performances.”
Victory in the stand-up paddle (SUP) women’s divisions went to Andrea Moller (6:00:00), who set a record for her division. Stand-up paddlers can be faster across the channel than the traditional paddleboarders, as standing upright with the wind at your back, and using a paddle can be of assistance. Moller was two minutes faster than Duncan-Seraphin. The rough surface conditions were a particular test of balance for the SUP contestants.
Renowned as one of the most treacherous bodies of water in the world, the Molokai Channel upheld its reputation during the competition dishing out either high times or heartbreak. One hundred and fifty paddlers started out, eight did not officially finish. Kauai’s Ann Hettinger, 52 and the oldest woman to SUP solo across the channel, had to withdraw after 11 miles when the steering rudder on her paddleboard failed.
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