Saturday, July 21, 2012
Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii
~ The World's Most Spectacular Paddleboard Race ~
THE NA PALI RACE is a 17-mile long distance paddleboard/stand-up paddleboard (SUP)/OC1 race along Kauai's breathtaking northern coast: the Na Pali. This coastline includes the highly protected Kalalau Valley, a sacred place on Hawaii's oldest inhabited island. The magnitude of Na Pali's towering 4000-foot tall convoluted cliffs, and the magnificent beauty of this restricted coastline can only truly be appreciated from the ocean. There is no more satisfying way to experience this adventure than on your own paddleboard with the summer tradewinds at your back.
PARTICIPANTS: More than 100 paddlers ranging from good to superb ability, including paddling enthusiasts and professionals alike. Top finishers take approximately 2.5 - 3 hours to complete the 17-mile distance. Average paddlers take approximately 4 or more hours.
ENTRY FEE: Starting at $65 pp for 3-person teams, up to $100 for solo entries. All late entries will be an additional $50 per person, per division. An escort boat is NOT required for solo paddlers, but IS required for teams. For assistance with arranging escort boats, please email:
RACE START: Haena County Park. Staggered start times for various divisions. Depending on the wind, start time could be as early as 9am, or as late as 10:30am. Start times will be posted on the race website, Facebook and Twitter accounts the week prior to the race.
RACE FINISH: Polihale State Park Beach.
AWARDS & SWAG: $12,000 prize purse. All entrants receive: one donation lucky draw ticket ($5 from every race entry goes to the Na Pali Coast Ohana), an event t-shirt, a free pair of custom sandals, an event hat, race jersey, and a meal served by Dukes Kauai with beer fromLandshark Lager at the awards for participating. More information soon to be announced on the Awards ceremony and venue.
The first 100 solo entrants will receive a zip-up hooded event fleece. Art In Surf will be donating six (6) 12'1" cruiser SUPs and two (2) 12'6" Matero race boards for the top finishers in the main divisions. There will also be two (2) Tamba Surf Co. surfboards for #1 overall finishers in men's & women's paddleboard division.
Lucky Drawing: A new Tamba surfboard, a Steven Valiere original artwork, and other prizes will be given away, with all ticket sales supporting the Na Pali Coast Ohana - a grass roots non profit organization dedicated to protecting & preserving the Na Pali Coast State Park on Kauai. Additional lucky draw tickets can be purchased: $5 for one, or $20 for 5. You do not have to be present to win.
Men's Paddleboard: Hogan Kania (California) 2:55:09, 2011
Men's SUP: Livio Manelau (HI) 2:22:30, 2010
Women's Paddleboard: Kanesa Duncan-Seraphin (HI) 3:00:52, 2011
Women's SUP: Mariko Strickland (HI) 3:09:17, 2011