Top Three Finish for Kaawa-Nolan at OluKai OC1 Race

May 2, 2016, 9:35 AM HST
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Competitors take on Maui's North shore in the OluKai Ho'olaule'a OC1 race, held on Sunday. Photo courtesy: OluKai.

Competitors take on Maui’s North shore in the OluKai Ho’olaule’a OC1 race, held on Sunday. Photo courtesy: OluKai.

Big Island paddler Keakua Kaawa-Nolan finished in third place in Sunday’s OluKai Ho’olaule’a OC1 Elite Men race, held on the North shore of Maui.

Kaawa-Nolan turned in a time of 49:11. Australia’s Travis Grant finished first with a time of 48:06, his first win in the competition. Oahu’s Jimmy Austin finished second at 48:53.

Maui’s Lauren Spalding continued her domination of the OC1 Elite Women race, winning for the third time in three tries. She finished with a time of 53:25, almost three minutes ahead of Amy Woodward, who finished in 56:13. Completing the Maui trifecta at the top was Dane Ward with a time of 58:56.

Over 500 paddlers participated in multiple events over the weekend, including Saturday’s stand-up paddleboard competition, with Elite Men and Elite Women divisions.

2016 OluKai Ho’olaule’a OC1 Race Results


Elite Men

  1. Travis Grant (Australia) – 48:06
  2. Jimmy Austin (Oahu) – 48:53
  3. Keakua Kaawa-Nolan (Big Island) – 49:11
  4. Rete Ebb (Tahiti) – 49:21
  5. Manny Kulukulualani (Oahu) – 49:24
  6. Matt Nottage (Australia) – 49:31

Elite Women

  1. Lauren Spalding (Maui) – 53:25
  2. Amy Woodward (Maui) – 56:13
  3. Dane Ward (Maui) – 58:56
  4. Fiona Van Ammers (Maui) – 59:08
  5. Angie Dolan (Oahu) – 1:01:00
  6. Shannon Cuadro (Maui) – 1:04:07

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