Oscar Chalupsky raced his Nelo 560 Ocean Ski to 15th place in the Molokai Challenge on the weekend.
The 50km+ open water ocean race was extremely tough this year: no swell, no waves, no clouds – just the relentless Hawaiian sun beating down on the competitors in 28ºC heat. For some it was more like Mission Impossible.
Difficult conditions around the China Wall did not help either, resulting in slow times across the board, with many competitors dropping out over the course.
Despite winning 12 races in past years, even Oscar had to dig deep this time, fighting fatigue to finish the Challenge.
“Didn't have a great day but I finished 15th, which at one stage I thought I wouldn't. My ears felt like I couldn't equalize, very weird, never happened to me before. I got wiped out on the reef at the end China Wall but manage to straighten my rudder up and keep going to the finish.” Oscar said on his Facebook Page.
Oscar vowed to be back when the waves return.
But it wasn’t all bad news. Hank McGregor crossed the line in 3:45:34 to win his third Male Surfski Overall title.
New Zealander Rachel Clarke (below) finished second overall the Female Solo Surfski division in 4:34:49, behind winner Elizabeth Pluimers (4:18:33). Great stuff Rachel!
See the full results on the Kanaka Ikaika Racing Association Facebook Page
For some awesome photos of the race visit Pacific Paddler’s Facebook Page
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