When I decided to enter the Molokai 2 Oahu paddleboard race back in 2011 it initially sounded like a very cool thing to do. It was a legendary race with legendary water providing a massive challenge that I’d never seen before. But it wasn’t until I was halfway through the Kaiwi Channel, wishing the island of Oahu would somehow get closer, that I realized how incredibly challenging and special that event really was.
M2O carries a strong sense of camaraderie, from the pre-race prayer on Kulikoi Beach, through the crossing where other boats and competitors pass by hooting and hollering for you, and all the way to the finish line when you finally touch down on land with earlier finishers there to congratulate you with a warm smile. It doesn’t matter if you are first or last—everybody receives the same level of support and warmth from each other.
The race course itself, across the 32-mile ‘Channel of Bones’ with crossed up swell and wind, is extremely demanding both mentally and physically. I waffled between being almost giddy with excitement as I linked a couple of bumps and manic depression as I was thrown from my prone paddleboard randomly throughout the race. In the end, hugging China Wall and then turning the corner at Portlock Point was one of the happiest moments of my life and I still look back on my entire M2O accomplishment to help get me through tough moments in life today.
This mix of rich camaraderie and insane challenge that M2O brings is really like no other event in the world (that I know of…) and so I am thrilled and blessed to have the opportunity give back to the event in two major ways.
First, working with the M2O Team TradePaddleboards.com has built out an area of our online marketplace tailored to M2O prone and SUP race boards. Our goals are to make buying boards before the race much more simple for racers who need them, as well as helping to ease the burden of selling boards racers may leave on the island of Oahu afterward. Our online M2O race board marketplace provides a simple search feature to find boards and detailed listings on the available boards.
Second, we have partnered with Aloha Freight to provide a tailored service to help racers ship their paddleboards back to the mainland (California) after the event. Our TradePaddleboards.com team will be on-site at the race finish line to help racers who sign up for the service package and load their boards onto the truck for delivery to Aloha Freight. We’ll have packaging material, bills of lading, and a big truck all ready to go to help reduce this burden of shipping boards back home. Racers can head right to the afterparty to celebrate, knowing that their biggest post-race hassle is already solved.
The entire TradePaddleboards.com team is thrilled to have the opportunity to provide these services to the Molokai 2 Oahu event. If you are at the finish line please stop by and see us at the TradePaddleboards.com booth. We wish all the racers in this year’s event the best of luck as they train, prepare, and paddle for one of the heaviest accomplishments of their lives. It definitely was for me!