NAWILIWILI — Team No Practice took the whole shot, Sunday during the Kaua‘i Hoe Wa‘a Elite Properties Steve Cole Race No. 2 at the Nawiliwili Harbor.
Paddling in the Short Course that saw its locations modified several times due to the changing weather and sea conditions, Team No Practice jumped out from the start at the Red Buoy No. 6 can and maintained its lead through the entire race that spanned two legs from the No. 6 buoy to the Ninini Point Lighthouse and back.
The duo aboard an OC-2 two-person canoe stopped the clocks at 43 minutes, 58.4 seconds, more than a minute ahead of overall runner-up Jason Hines who crossed in a one-man at 45:05.8.
Team No Practice also topped the Male OC-1 40-49 age group with its run.
First female to cross the short course finish line belonged to the mother-daughter duo of Darcy and Lana who crossed fifth overall at 48:22.7 aboard an OC-2 that drew comments from the enthusiastic supportive gallery perched on the Nawiliwili Harbor jetty wall.
“You see what happens when you don’t get wet,” the gallery joked about the team’s complaint of having too many huli during races while waiting on the arrival of the first craft from the Long Course that started from the Po‘ipu Beach to end at the No. 6 buoy in Nawiliwili.
The mom and daughter also claimed top honors in the Female OC-2 age group.
Abel Teriitemataua claimed the honor of the first overall finisher from the Long Course, crossing on a paddle that stopped the clocks at 1:26. Territemataua also claimed top honors in the Male OC-1 18-39 age group.
Kristen Foster claimed the top female finisher in the Long Course, stopping the clocks at 1:38.22.9. She also copped top honors in the Female OC-1 18-39 age group.
The next Kaua‘i Hoe Wa‘a race is sponsored by JP’s Trees and will run on Feb. 23. A full list of finishers can be found at kauaihoewaa.org.