Record numbers for 7th Annual OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa

  • Maui's three-day ocean festival reaffirms its place as the leading international downwind paddling competition
  • The most elite SUP and OC1 field ever assembled for any ocean paddling race
  • More than 600 paddlers from 11 U.S. Mainland States and 12 countries
  • Crowd of around 2,000 enjoy the free family fun and Hawaiian cultural activities
TAG & HASHTAG IT: @olukai #olukairace #anywherealoha _N0A0688 Kahului, Maui: The 7th annual OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa three-day ocean festival last weekend, May 1-3, 2015, attracted the most elite OC1 downwind paddling field ever assembled for an international ocean paddling race while also attracting the biggest names globally in the sport of stand up paddling (SUP). A record crowd of more than 600 paddlers took to the ocean representing 11 U.S. Mainland states and countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, French Polynesia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Puerto Rico, Spain, United Kingdom and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Around 2,000 people turned up to cheer on the competitors and enjoy the free Hawaiian games and cultural activities. While OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa is one of the world's premier ocean paddling races, the event honors Hawaii's ocean lifestyle and stands as a reminder to live pono with a conscious decision to do the right thing for others, ourselves and the environment. Ocean conditions on the famous Maliko Downwind Run on Maui's North Shore were described as 'epic' the entire weekend with consistent 15-20 knot winds and 3-5ft swells that produced the fastest time in the event's history for the Men's Elite SUP race. The 20 year-old Maui paddler, Connor Baxter, clocked an impressive 44:25 with a 5:34 mile average for his fourth consecutive win of the OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa Elite Men's SUP division. The Brazil born and raised Maui resident, Andrea Moller, the undisputed "Queen of the Ocean," won back-to-back titles by taking out first place in both the Women's Elite SUP and OC1 divisions, notching up her seventh OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa wins. Honolulu's Jimmy Austin scored an unexpected victory in the Men's OC1, in the most elite field of OC1 paddlers ever assembled for an international ocean paddling race. With downwind surfing Austin's biggest strength, the father of two largely credits the perfect swell conditions for his win. Legendary big wave surfer and OluKai Konohiki (caretaker), Archie Kalepa, said that the aloha of "OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa just keeps growing year after year. "From its humble beginnings, the festival set out to be a celebration of the ocean lifestyle we're so blessed to have, and this still remains our priority today. It's an opportunity to bring together our ʻohana from all corners of the globe while respectfully honoring and preserving the cultural history of Hawaii." The OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa continued yesterday for close to 100 Olukai ʻohana who participated in a 'Giveback Day' lending a hand to Maui's Waihe'e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge Project. The day officially launched the new Ama OluKai Foundation which strives to support the efforts of those who preserve local cultures and traditions. OluKai Hoʻolauleʻa will be filmed in HD and broadcast internationally courtesy of OluKai media partner, Ocean Paddler TV. The broadcast date is yet to be announced. Full race results from the weekend are available here. For more information visit www.olukai.com/hoolaulea
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_N0A0724_N0A0773 2015 OluKai Ho'olaule'a SUP Race Results Saturday, May 2, 2015 Elite Men
Place Name From Time Pace/Mile
1 Connor Baxter Maui, Hawaii 44:25 5:34
2 Travis Grant Australia 46:27 5:49
3 David Kalama Maui, Hawaii 47:15 5:55
4 Danny Ching Hermosa Beach, CA 47:25 5:56
5 Georges Cronsteadt Tahiti 47:34 5:57
6 Livio Menelau Maui, Hawaii 47:37 5:58
  Elite Women
Place Name From Time Pace/Mile
1 Andrea Moller Maui, Hawaii 53:19 6:40
2 Sonni Hönscheid Germany 55:37 6:58
3 Kathy Shipman Maui, Hawaii 55:56 7:00
4 Devin Blish Maui, Hawaii 56:26 7:04
5 Terrene Black Australia 57:23 7:11
6 Fiona Wylde Good River, Oregon 1:00:13 7:32
  2015 OluKai Ho'olaule'a OC1 Race Results Sunday, May 3, 2015 Elite Men
Place Name From Time
1 Jimmy Austin Oahu, Hawaii 47:05
2 Travis Grant Australia 47:24
3 Daniel Chun Hawaii Island, Hawaii 47:26
4 Kaihe Chong Oahu, Hawaii 47:31
5 Keakua Kaawwe Nolan Hawaii Island, Hawaii 47:40
6 Danny Ching Hermosa Beach, CA 48:06
  Elite Women
Place Name From Time
1 Andrea Moller Maui, Hawaii 53:46
2 Rachel Bruntsch Oahu, Hawaii 55:33
3 Dane Ward Maui, Hawaii 55:50
4 Kelsa Gabehart Denver, CO 57:45
5 Fiona Van Ammers Maui, Hawaii 59:01
6 Leah Ching Hermosa Beach, CA 1:00:41