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Friday, July 14th, 2017

2013 Prize Purse Breakdown

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Na Pali Race 2013 Update $13,000 Prize Purse

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013


A visually & physically breath-taking ocean race for SUP, Traditional Paddleboard, OC1 & OC2  paddlers.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Kauai’s breathtaking Na Pali coastline tops the bucket list of every distance ocean paddler. This remote coast is best appreciated from the ocean… the highly protected Kalalau Valley, towering convoluted sea cliffs, and stretches of tropical coastline otherwise inaccessible. So it is with much excitement this year that on August 4, two prestigious races will join forces for an unprecedented journey that features all disciplines of paddling.

The Na Pali Race – an elite paddleboard race for standup paddlers, traditional paddleboarders, OC1 and OC2- will join with the annual Na Pali Challenge canoe event – for OC6-man canoe teams. This will round out a mammoth weekend for paddle sports with the State Canoe Sprint Races scheduled the day prior – Saturday, August 3, at Hanalei Bay – also on Kauai’s North Shore.

The Na Pali Challenge OC6 race will start first – 8am at Hanalei – and travel 39 miles to a finish at Waimea. All other classes of the Na Pali Race will follow, making staggered starts from Haena County Beach Park, traveling 17 miles to Polihale State Beach Park. Expect finishers to arrive between 1pm and 3pm.

“I am very excited to have these events run simultaneously this year,” said Evan Valiere, Na Pali Race event organizer.

“It is a special opportunity to have this many paddlers on Kauai island, sharing their passion for paddling and the ocean. Many paddle athletes participate in a variety of disciplines, so this is the perfect opportunity for them to pick their preferred equipment and celebrate the exhilaration of paddling the Na Pali.”

The Na Pali Race will continue its support of the Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana – a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Na Pali Coast State Park. There will be a donation drawing with great prizes and a portion of event proceeds will be donated to the Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana.

Na Pali Race Productions, LLC is also proud to announce the $13,000 prize purse for 2013. Thanks to the generous contributions of our sponsors and the support of the Kaua’i paddle community we are able to continue promoting an elite paddleboard race and charity event!

Please view website for more event information at There will be updates about how to enter, prize purse breakdown and awards, logistics such as board shipping, caddy service, shuttle van transport, and race rules and safety.

The Na Pali Challenge OC6 Race can be found at:

Info for the State Canoe Race can be found: .


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


Friday, July 27th, 2012


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Calm seas, light winds and the presence of Hokule’a set a stunning stage but made for hot and heavy paddling for 125 entrants who raced the 17-mile Na Pali Coast course last weekend. While no records were broken due to the flat conditions, many came close to their best times from the first two years of the race. Kaeo Abbey & Mariko Strickland claimed SUP honors, while Hogan Kania & Erin Wascher won the traditional paddleboard division.

The Hokule’a Polynesian voyaging canoe moored close by overnight as racers and the Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana (guardians of the coast) celebrated with kava, food and good spirit on Friday night. Come the start on Saturday morning, the Hokule’a sailed north as racers headed west, making for a memorable start.

More than $15,000 and prize surfboards from Art In Surf and Tamba Surf Co. were awarded to top finishers in each category.

“The Na Pali coast is the best coastline in the world,” said Kaeo Abbey, who was the fastest of all finishers, paddling an SUP open class board. “It’s breathtaking. This race has the potential to be the best SUP race in the world. The prize money’s great, but what trumps all is the setting and the scenery. Awesome.”
TOP finishers:

Kaeo Abbey – men’s SUP open class – 2 hours, 45 minutes, 23 seconds
Mariko Strickland – women’s SUP open class – 3:13:02

Kirk Ziegler – men’s SUP 14-foot class – 2:51:26
Nicole Madosik – women’s SUP 14-foot class – 3:28:12

Hogan Kania – men’s stock paddleboard – 2:56:19
Erin Wascher – women’s stock paddleboard – 3:43:45

Ryan Foley – men’s SUP 12’6″ – 2:56:20
Natalia Smith – women’s SUP 12’6″ – 3:48:27 (youngest competitor at 16)

Nick Marvin – men’s Kauai style surfboard – 3:34:57
Lynn Ham Young – women’s Kauai style surfboard – 3:54:38

For complete results, please CLICK HERE.

Mahalo to all who supported and participated in the event.


RECORDS still stand:
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


2012 Na Pali Race Results

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Here is the link to the Na Pali Race 2012 Results-(please see individual heats at bottom of sheet)

Here are the top three trophy places for all divisions-

Entries / Pre-Race Check In / Trailers

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Entries / Pre-Race Check In / Trailers

Thank you to all who signed up on time.

We will be accepting entries for all those who have not signed up yet for an additional $25 per person at the pre-race check ins. Please email us first.

Pre-race check in is Thursday July 19, 5-7pm  Poipu Beach Park, or Friday July 20, 5-7 pm Hanalei Surf Company.

Mandatory check in. All paddlers on Surfboard SUP, 12′6” SUP, 14′ SUP, Stock PB need to bring their boards to be measured.

Paddlers on Unlimited boards, OC-1, OC-2 and other do not need to bring equipment, but need to sign in.

Pre race check in is for checking equipment, allocating race numbers, handing out race jerseys. Also to go over a few scenarios of start times and safety.

On race day we will have roll call giving you your body mark with your number. On race day we will also be having a safety meeting before the event, also explaining general rules at this time.

We have trailers available for hire who can transport any of your equipment needs for $25 board/ boat. email

The round trip Shuttle service is still available for $40 per person and includes transport of your board.

Surftech Boards for Rent

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Boards were all rented out.  Thank you Surftech.


Na Pali Race 2012 Update

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Sign Up HERE

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View the official Press Release HERE.


About the Awards

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

The 2011 Na Pali Race Awards will be held at the Kekaha Neighborhood Center following the races starting from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Sunday August 7, 2011. All contestants are included in the reservation, but for those not paddling and still wanting to join in on the great food and fun at the celebration, dinner tickets are available at the complimentary price of $10 per person and can be purchased online at the page.

Dukes Kauai will be serving up the buffet style grinds along with Kona Brewing Company staff keeping the Longboard Lager ice cold, and providing the keg tapped beverages throughout the awards event. There will also be non-alcoholic refreshments from Tambor Acai, vitaminwater, smartwater, and Kona Red throughout the evening, and all day long at the start and finish lines of race-course. The Chad Pa Band will be performing music at the Na Pali Race Awards, with Hawaiian and local style hits all evening long.

Tentative schedule for serving food and announcing winners will be from 5:30pm -7:30 pm. The Paddle for the Pali donation drawing winners will be announced after the Grand Prize race winners.

Please note that reservations for dinner tickets must be made before race entry deadlines on Sunday July 31, 2011, with limited tickets available at the door.

The Kekaha Neighborhood Center is located at:
8130 Elepaio Road,
Kekaha, HI 96752

Look for signs coming from both directions on highway; you won’t miss it.