I spent an amazing weekend in Kauai this past weekend…
with 10 teenagers.
Here’s how it went down. We flew over Thursday night, cruised Friday, raced Saturday and explored Sunday. THEN FLEW HOME.
“The Kauai World Challenge is the most unique long-distance race on Earth. The stunning Garden Island scenery and consistent downwind bump-running course is one draw, but another big attraction is that at 33+ miles long, the Kauai World Challenge can be paddled and enjoyed without the need for escort boats. As a relay race, contestants shuttle from one leg to the next by car instead of having to spend the day wallowing on an exhaust-wreathed boat. The four legs of this year’s Kauai World Challenge begin at the following beaches:
Kapaa, first leg 6.3 miles
Hanamaulu, second leg 5 miles
Kalapaki, third leg 10.7 miles
Poipu, fourth leg 10.6 miles
Finish at Salt Pond in Hanapepe.”
We took 4 teams, and Kamanu Composites graciously helped us out with getting canoes for all the kids! We had three oc1 boys crews and a two man girls crew. These kids were they ONLY juniors in the junior divisions in this race.
The juniors were tired.
The juniors were hurting.
The juniors raced.
The juniors finished.
The conditions were not ideal, however the kids made the best out of it. They caught the bumps they could, and worked hard when they needed to. The ten mile stretches were rough patches, but the teams fought on; pushing to the end.
The NAC Jr Team was a crowd favorite on the beach. The kids did a great job representing their home club, and making NAC look good. They all finished the race in great time, proving that they weren’t just any regular junior team form California.
It’s a race to remember.
Within those three days, we fit a lot of activities in. The race was all day Saturday, but Friday we hiked, swam and body surfed. We took them to the “Queens Bath” which is on the North Side of the island in Princeville (where we stayed).
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