Saturday, May 28, 2022 |
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Tyrus Siale ground out the water course from Kalapaki Bay to Kukui‘ula Harbor in 1 hour, 32 minutes to take the latest YMCA of Kaua‘i/Steinlager Kaua‘i Hoe Wa‘a OC1 race, Feb. 28.
This was Siale’s first win in the series, crossing the line almost 40 seconds ahead of Mark Frasier in strong Northeast winds gusting to more than 30 mph during the course of the race.
Those weather conditions provided the 30 competitors in the long course with great surfing to the area fronting the Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club. Then, a strong sidewind created difficult conditions for the final mile.
Noe Auger edged out Alana Goo-Frazier by about 40 seconds following several lead changes along the 14-mile course.
Tom Barlett of Kaua‘i Hoe Wa‘a said in spite of the rough conditions, the competition was fierce with many paddlers separated by mere seconds.
Ken Denton topped the 50 Mens race by 30 seconds over Mac MacDonald and Tom Thompson was first in the 55 Mens by just seven seconds over Mike Kobayashi, the two finishers riding the same large swell into Kukui‘ula.
Keone Miyake held off Patrick Fenwick by just 40 seconds in the short course spanning the Waiohai to the Port Allen Fishing Club. Miyake crossed the line in an hour, 18 minutes under challenging conditions over the nine-mile course.
Kathy Braach took the ladies division in the short course, finishing ahead of Tiffany Palama and Fran MacDonald.
Bartlett said paddlers enjoyed lunch from No. 1 in Kalaheo with Steinlager providing the beverages. Olu Kai, Kai Wa‘a and paddle covers by Corianne Caplener of Hilo provided prizes.
Full results of the Feb. 28 race can be found on the Kaua‘i Hoe Wa‘a Web site at www.kauaihoewaa.com.
The next race is scheduled for Mar. 14 from Port Allen to the Waimea Plantation Cottages, weather permitting.
Standup, paddleboards and surfskis are encouraged to participate in this race.
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