The Big Island’s Mo Freitas: Standup Paddle Board Hero

The Big Island’s Mo Freitas:

Happy Birthday to one sup’er busy & exceling 15 year old
on the long race and 4th on the surf race and 3rd at the North Point Classic at Presqu’ile de Corzon in cold northern France, Mo was on fire literally, running a fever from a strep throat infection at the start of the summer racing season in hawaii, the Wetfeet/Blueplanet wpa national race from sunset beach to haleiwa, saturday june 30th finishing 4th in the stock division and second men 17 and under.

With an antibiotic prescription from a trip to the doctor on monday Mo raced next on the 34th Hui o he’e nalu paddleboard Independence day race, july 4th, and finished a strong 2nd overall, first 14′ sup and first men19 and under with a time of 33:00 min from sunset to waimea which is a combo downwind/sprint and had close to 500 participants and is arguably the most fun race in the world.

Saturday, july 7th Mo went to town to race the cline Mann memorial race from hawaii kai to the outrigger canoe club in waikiki which is a full downwind race. Conditions were perfect, with long bumps and a favorable wind and tide. Mo chose to use his flat water/downwind combo race board and it proved to be a mistake because the conditions required his full downwind racer. With a 14th overall finish and second on his division, it was a lesson learned. Mel Pu’u was on stage with his band most of the afternoon and after a healthy lunch, t turned out to be a great day of paddling.
The following morning, a quick drive to the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu for the 2nd of 4 summer races that take place along the bay’s reef next to the resorts swimming pool and afford everyone a close look into the race course which starts on the inside and goes through the surf, through the coast line and back, ending with a surf down to the finish line, an exciting race for sure.

Mo’s Imagine 12’6 Sprinter is the board to beat and kept him in the game throughout the day all the way to the final heat. Young Mo had paddled in the prone division as well but decided to bow out and not do the prone finals to save energy for the SUP final race, a move that paid dividends when he won the elite race, a nice stay at the resort and some cash. Woth mentioning was Mo’s younger brother Marvin Kawai who also raced and won the juniors 17 and under on Mo’s Imagine Enigma SUPsurfboard. Marvin is all 6 years old. Way to go Marvs!!

July 14th was the date for the most “brutal fun” race around Hawaii, the Handsomebugga’s Maui to Molokai, a 27 mile Pai’lolo Channel cross, THE final race of the Triple Crown and a warm up for the upcoming 32 mile Molokai to Oahu race. It started at Honolua bay, maui and finished at Kaunakakai Pier, molokai some 3hrs later with the win of Connor Baxter and Dave Kalama. Mo finished the race in 8th place for the elite division in 3:27:31hrs.

July 21st is Mo’s 15th birthday and he will be enjoying Turtlebay resort and racing again on the 3rd stop of the supsummer race series.
Happy birthday Mo!


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