Hey there! This is Leslie Kolovich and joining me from Maui is Jeremy Riggs. Jeremy has competed in the M2O race 5 times with this year’s event being his first solo finish taking 27th overall. This is very good considering this iconic downwind race had little to no wind making it a total grind causing many to drop out.
Jeremy describes the conditions leading up to the race, about watching approaching tropical storm Flossie suck the trade winds right out of the coarse. Jeremy also describes the issues he experienced from having to paddle on one side so long. Extreme cramping in his arms, chest, and legs made it almost impossible to reach into his pockets for food, let alone reach his mouth to take on needed fuel.
This year’s event fans were hoping to see a 3-peat for Conner Baxter, but it wasn’t meant to be on this eerily quiet course last Sunday. Conner had just come off a win the week before at the Maui Paddle Championships and was looking good. But it was the Aussies that had the the upper hand for this windless grudge match. Travis Grant wins on the mens side and Terrene Black for the women.
Jeremy trains and coaches downwinders in Maui. You can visit his website www.paddlewithriggs.com
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Hey there! This is Leslie Kolovich and joining me today is Suzie Cooney in Maui! It’s been awhile since we last spoke so we had a lot of catching up to do! She is one busy Maui girl! She talks about just finishing the OluKai downwinder last week which wasn’t so much of a downwinder, Maui paddlers are not use to flatwater paddling! She describes this run as the hardest race she has ever done!
Suzie talks about her work with Downwind and SUP Coaching/Training which she is reaching many people via SKYPE from around the world. People arrive from all over the world to train on Maui with her from studio to ocean, some lucky and strong enough get to do Maliko.
She also is doing a one of a kind event just for women in January. The Ultimate Experience offering personalized fitness training, ocean confidence and paddling skills at the beautiful Maui Lumeria Resort. She says this is an over the top event. For more information visit Suzie’s website suzietrainsmaui.com
Suzie has started to write a book about her journey including living with some pretty serious health issues. It’s sure to be inspiring. Suzie is so much fun to talk with. She is the real deal, her passion for life, the ocean and people comes through in her voice. If you get the opportunity to get to Maui make sure a visit for Stand Up Paddling includes a session with her!
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Join Leslie Kolovich as she talks with Rob Farrow M2O event producer about this event which is steeped in history including paddleboarding pioneer, George Ramos. This is the 16th year for the M2O and George Ramos has never missed one, one of only 5 guys to do so. He was one of the first to cross the Molokai channel on a paddleboard back in 1996. George is a fixture on the North Shore of Oahu, and truly a great waterman. They named a race in his honor on the North Shore called the “George Race” that Mahina Chillingsworth and the folks at Da Hui put on this past June…over 400 paddlers came out…
George was diagnosed with cancer last year and the community is rallying to raise money to help offset some of his medical expenses. If you would like to donate to this cause http://www.active.com/donate/GeorgeRamos “Live Like George” is the slogan the community has chosen. The Paddle Community is part of a larger global family connected by one ocean, and without people like George who share passion for the sport and for the ocean we’d all be stuck in our little silos in our little part of the world.
In this podcast Rob tells the stories of the 20/30 club in which guys could paddle 30 miles and surf 20 foot waves. Member, George Ramos. Rob also talks about the history of the event, the conditions of the channel in which 1.2 billion gallons of water run through per hour. Making it one of the most perfect venues for the ultimate downwinder. The M2O is a bucket list paddle for many, but once one completes one, it seems they come back and do it again. The event started out as traditional paddle boarding. Rob tells the story of how SUP made it’s way into the event and now is just about a 50/50 split with traditional and sup.
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Leslie Kolovich talks with Elite Racer from Hawaii Talia Gangini. She is about to embark on another Paddle adventure for something she has a great passion for, Art. Maliko Water Sports a 501C3 non-profit organization owned by her father is teaming up with Talia to raise money for a Scholarship Fund for Children under the age 18, who would normally not be able to afford to take art classes at the Hui No’eau.
When Talia was 14 years old she took jewelry classes at the Hui No’eau which sparked a passion in jewelry design and enabled her to take her small business to a higher level. Talia feels her passion for the water and for the arts go hand in hand with each other. Her designs for jewelry and swimwear often come from her experiences while paddling. Talia has been very busy since the last time she was on the show placing in the top of every elite race she has competed in, both in Hawaii and California. She is kicking off the 2012 season with this paddle to raise money to give to children who don’t have an opportunity like she did to explore their creative sides. She will paddle Maui to Lanai, then to Molokai, all together about a 42 mile paddle. You can make a donation per mile or make a flat donation by visiting the Facebook page to support the scholarship Fund.
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Roger Bialas talks with Tristin Boxford CEO of the Waterman League and Director of the Stand Up World Tour.
The Waterman League is an ocean sports media and event management company that owns and manages the Stand Up World Tour. The Waterman League represents the world of ocean sports as a collective, celebrating the true essence of a ‘Waterman’ and delivering its media to 220 countries worldwide across all platforms.