Over a dozen Ocean of Hope paddleboard athletes will race with champions from around the world this weekend as they take on the Moloka’i 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, all dedicated to the sea of people affected by cancer. This is the most iconic event in the paddling community, consisting of the 32-mile crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel that connects the islands of Moloka’I and Oshu. More than 2,300 feet deep, the channel creates a funnel effect that shoots billions of gallons of seawater between the islands each hour. Combine that with trade winds, and the seas can range from 8 to 15 feet on an average day and upwards of 20 feet on an extreme day.

Our athletes racing this year are:

Julia Ciera Garcia and Aimee Spector, Darren Del Monico and Eric Diggins, Matt Becker, Bob Schade and Carleton Sage, George Plsek, Aaron McKinnon, Joel Pepper, Wally Buckingham, Nevvar Hickmet, and Bert Wells, and Steve Shikiya and Reno Caldwell.

If you will be in the area, we will have a tent on race day, July 27, on the grounds in Hawaii Kai. Please come join the festivities and cheer for our paddlers!

To learn more about Ocean of Hope or to make a donation, please visit: http://www.active.com/donate/oceanofhope2014