Joel Parkinson & Wes Berg take on MOLOKAI
Joel Parkinson and paddling partner, Wes Berg have finished third in their division of the 16th annual Molokai To Oahu Paddleboard Championships in Hawaii.
The 32-mile (50km) race across the Ka'iwi Channel (dubbed "The Channel of Bones") between the Hawaiian islands of Molokai and Oahu is regarded as one of the world's toughest ocean paddling races. "My knees are bleeding and I'm sunburned and the rest of me is pretty beat up, but I feel incredible," said Parkinson afterwards. "Just the buzz of having paddled from another island over the horizon is massive." Parko and Berg traded paddling duties in 20-minute shifts across the channel, where the winds and tides were largely favourable. "Conditions were pretty good. We were downwind for most of the paddle, but coming around Koko Head the current was really strong against us, so we weren't making a lot of ground."
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