Molokai-2-Oahu: challenge everything

Rob Machado and Joel Parkinson have been confirmed in the 2012 Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships (M2O), the 32-mile race across the infamous Ka’iwi channel, also known as the Channel of Bones, between the islands of Molokai and Oahu.

The iconic paddleboarding event registration has closed early. Having sold out for five consecutive years, the 2012 event experienced the fastest registration pace in its 16-year history.

The Molokai-2-Oahu race will hit the Hawaiian waters on the 29th July with the world’s best stand up paddleboarders (SUP) and prone paddlers from 15 countries competing for glory and popularity.

"I’m stoked to be a part of this year’s race. I’ve been paddling for a number of years and watched many friends train for the Molokai race, so you could say it’s been on my bucket list for a while now", says Rob Machado.

"The whole idea of paddling from island to island is kind of intimidating, but exciting at the same time. I’m looking forward to having a really good time."

Joel Parkinson is partnering with his trainer, paddleboarding veteran and fellow Australian Wes Berg, in the two-man stock paddleboard category.

"The Molokai-2-Oahu race has been on my radar for a while now. Thanks to a break in our tour schedule, I will be able to compete in it for the first time and experience all that the race is known for", reveals Parkinson. "I’ve been training for this for quite some time and can’t wait for race day."

Founded in 1997, the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships is set to celebrate its 16th anniversary. The annual race has grown from a grassroots challenge for the legendary lifeguards and watermen of Oahu to the premiere event for the sport of paddleboarding.