Oahu man to attempt crossing

Tom Stone looks to paddleboard to Kaua’i

By JASON GALLIC

TGI Sports

Editor

Not only is Honolulu’s Tom Stone going to attempt to set a

paddleboard world record, but he’s going to try and put it out of reach to

anyone else.

The 49 year old will take to the water Friday, Sept. 22, at

Waimea Bay, on the North Shore of Oahu with Kaua’i as his destination. The

distance covered will be approximately 100-120 miles, depending on ocean

conditions. It is scheduled to take between 24 and 30 hours. Stone’s projected

landing point is Wailua.

Stone made an attempt to cross the same channel

two years ago, but had to pull out of contention 19 miles away from Kaua’i

because of jellyfish stings. To combat the stings on this go-round, Stone will

wear a one-millimeter wetsuit.

The known long-distance paddleboard record

is Dawson Jones’ 40-45 mile trek from Moloka’i to Magic Island.

Stone is

no stranger to the channel of water between Oahu and Kaua’i. In the 80’s and

early 90’s, the experienced waterman windsurfed from one island to the

other.

Stone will use a 17-foot open class paddleboard. He will have an

escort boat to provide him company and supplies.

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