Tom Stone looks to paddleboard to Kaua’i
By JASON GALLIC
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
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.
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
Stone will use a 17-foot open class paddleboard. He will have an
escort boat to provide him company and supplies.