The 2013 DaHui race was amazing. It was on the North Shore of Oahu and started at Turtle Bay and went to Waimea Bay, which is about 7 miles. I got there and scoped out my competition and knew who was going to be fast – Travis Grant, Scott Gamble, Kody Kerbox, Mo Freitas, Kaeo Abbey.
Driving on the way up to Turtle Bay, I saw it was going to be a light wind, flat water, downwinder – a grind the whole way. I knew I had to have a good start and non stop paddling until the end. So that’s what I did. Once I heard the horn blow and I jumped to my board as quick as possible. There were about 35 elite paddlers in the race and we had to all fit through this keyhole in the reef. So I made sure to be in the front right from the get go.
Once I got through the reef I did a quick left hand buoy turn and started sprinting catching every bump I could. I stayed in the front the whole time not letting anyone pass me. The farther we got the less windy it got – plus it started blowing off shore. So I stayed close to shore and tried to stay in front. I stayed in front for the rest of the race all the way until the finish. Where I hit the beach and had a 300 meter sprint uphill in deep sand just to top it off.
Overall I was super stoked on my first place, especially since I will be racing most of these guys for the next three weeks.
I want to thank my sponsors for all their support – Starboard, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Rainbow Sandals, Futures Fins, Dakine, GoPro, OnIt Pro, Waterman’s Sunscreen, Igloo Coolers, Sunrite Maui, Hammer Nutrition, iDcard, EFX and Hi-Tech Sports.
Also a big Mahalo to all the event organizers and volunteers. Excellent Event!! Look forward to next year.
Photos: Karen Baxter
Through Keyhole in Reef
1st Around Buoy
Leaders Connor, Mo, Kody
Sprint Up Beach