02 June 2017

Podium Finish For McGregor At Maui Jim Molokai Challenge

Submitted by Viv Quann
Podium Finish For McGregor At Maui Jim Molokai Challenge

PIETERMARITZBURG, 2 June 2017 – South African surfski paddlers dominated the 42nd annual ex-World Championship event, the Maui Jim Molokai Challenge, in Hawaii on Sunday, 28 May 2017.  This race is the world’s oldest, longest and toughest surfski race testing paddler skill, endurance and knowledge of ocean surfing, plus an ability to manoeuvre against unpredictable weather conditions in the Kaiwi Channel. The Kaiwi Channel is an expanse of ocean between the Hawaiian Islands of Molokai and Oahu and is considered one of the roughest ocean channels in the world when the ocean is angry. 

The race started off the west end of Molokai near Kaluakoi, finishing 53km away in the Marina off Hawaii Kai. With paddlers competing in hot and flat conditions, the race became a real test of physical strength and endurance. With a very strong race contingent, the 2017 race was brutally tough up front with Sean Rice, Hank McGregor, Cory Hill, Jasper Mocké and Clint Robinson, all gunning for the win. 

Seven-time World Champion and three-time Molokai Winner, Hank McGregor, finished second in 3h46m07s. Fellow South African, Sean Rice, finished in first place in 3h43m08s, and Australian paddler, Cory Hill, taking third in 3h46m50s. 

Results -  Maui Jim Molokai Challenge 2017

Men

1. Sean Rice (RSA)           03:43:08

2. Hank McGregor (RSA)   03:46:07

3. Cory Hill (AUS)              03:46:50 

Women

1, Rachel Clarke (NZL)      04:34:43

2. Tricia Gilbert (AUS)       05:06:04

3. Sarah Davis (AUS)        05:37:50

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