I hope this message finds you well.
We are still planning to hold the consecutive 9th Annual Na Pali Race on Sunday August 5, 2018!
In an ideal situation the road to Haena would be open and we would continue with our normal event procedures with the startline at Haena Beach Park. But do to the recent landslides that have caused major damage to the road and its closure this will be the most likely scenario:
Opening Ceremony at Anini Beach
Start of race for OC-1, OC–2 and surf ski at Anini Beach Approx 24.5 total miles to Na Pali Race finish at Polihale.
Holopuni Sailing Canoes optional start Anini, Hanalei, or Haena.
First 40 SUP and paddleboard race entrants will have included escort boat service after ceremony to Haena for start of race provided by our event. All equipment will potentially need to be delivered to Hanalei Surf School by Thursday August 2nd, 2018 for transport to Haena where participants will later meet up with their craft near start line. All entries after number 40 in SUP or paddleboard will have to stand by or seek or hire their own escort boat to Haena or optional and highly encouraged for entire course.
Start of SUP, paddleboard, SUP team race will be at Haena Beach Park either water start or beach start approximately 17 miles same race course or similar to previous events.
We will be accepting entries starting Friday June 15, 2018 7 pm through Sunday July 22nd, 2018 at 9 pm.
It is important that entries are received by Sunday July 22nd to insure that all participants receive race jerseys.
Na Pali Race jerseys are bright for SAFETY, to support our sponsors, and to be an official part or race.
We will still accept entries after deadline for an extra late fee charge but cannot guarantee a race jersey or an official time score or placing in the results. No jersey = DNF. Jersey must be worn at all times throughout the event.
Please make safe decisions and prepare to follow these event rules.
All craft should be in excellent operating condition including paddles. Your craft is your lifeline.
All participants in every category must wear a leash. The wind and waves are faster and stronger than any person.
For those boards or craft that do not have a connection for a leash please buy a glue on leash plug, here is an example- https://www.surfcohawaii.com/
Ideally everyone would hire their own escort boat for ultimate safety.
Another few things to consider- a handheld VHF would be an awesome safety precaution to have with you on the paddle and so would a small safety kit including a bright orange tarp and mirror like those used by kayakers.
Although we are confident in our safety team of PWC and escort boats it is a big playing field and the spread of the race gets extremely large. Therefore it is of utmost importance to make safe decisions and be prepared to complete the course with your own paddle power.
Na Pali Race offers extremely convenient event services such as shipping and board caddy transfer from Molokai to Oahu paddleboard race finish line to Na Pali Race start line then return Oahu, Maui or Hawaii after the event.
Na Pali Race also offers race day shuttle and trailer services making logistics very easy.
Thank you to everyone who has supported this event in the past and continues to participate. It is a special race made so by those who join in for the thrill of adventure and the spirit of Na Pali Coast.