Molokai Championships 2015

Race Recap

The Puakea Designs Team has been busy training and racing in preparation for the biggest one man race of the season, the Molokai Championships, or Molo Solo.

As usual, it was a great race to watch and be apart of. A huge congratulations goes out to Steeve on his win!

Team riders, Danny and Jimmy, both on an Ehukai, were able to hang with Steeve to lead the pack at the start and eventually settled in and finished in 2nd and 3rd place. Congrats on a great job boys!

Danny mid channel:

Danny and Jimmy coming into the finish line:

Leah Ching, also riding an Ehukai, finished 7th overall and 1st in her age division. Congrats Leah!

From Jimmy Austin, on the race:

So stoked to have finished third overall in yesterday’s Molokai to Oahu OC-1 solo world championships. Conditions started out great only to turn into a grind of trying to surf into the wind. Congrats to Steeve from Tahiti for the win and Danny Ching for 2nd and to everyone else who finished. Mahalo to my support crew for keeping me in the race both mentally and physically.


Photo via Jimmy Austin


So, what have they all been doing to prepare? We have a little sneak peak for you all.

Danny and Leah Ching

The Chings have spent the last week or so testing the waters and resting for the big race on Oahu. Here are a few shots from their training runs.

Danny’s training run:


Photo via Leah Ching and Outrigger Zone


Photo via Danny Ching

Back in California we are right in the middle of our Iron season, where Danny and Leah have been doing some Catalina training weekends and have had a some major wins this season in the Puakea Unlimited.

Follow Danny and Leah’s adventures on IG at @dannyching404 and on Facebook.

Jimmy Austin and Lauren Spalding

Both Jimmy and Lauren have been training for the Molokai Championship this season with multiple Hawaii OC1 races, including the Maui Jim Oceanfest a few weekends ago.


Photo via Jimmy Austin

The Maui Jim Oceanfest is a 2 day event where each competitor competes in all types of water sports from swimming to kayaking to outrigger. Jimmy and Lauren placed a close second in the Day 1 relay. While Jimmy was winning the OC1 and Paddleboard events, Lauren won the surfski event and placed 2nd in the OC1 event. This event looked like a whole lot of fun!


Photo via Jimmy Austin

You can also read more about Jimmy’s story and training on the Outrigger Zone blog!

Follow along with Jimmy and Lauren on IG at @aukina3 (Jimmy) and @ls_original (Lauren).