HanoHano Celebrates 25th Annual Race With Hundreds In Attendance

Hundreds of paddlers at the race start. | Photo: Supconnect Hundreds of paddlers at the race start. | Photo: Supconnect

SAN DIEGO, California - A crisp and overcast morning transformed into a warm, sunny day as paddlers in Southern California and beyond gathered at Mission Bay in San Diego for the 25th Annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge. Minutes before the race horn blew the sun popped through the fog and opened up what was to be a great start to the 2020 racing season. This year, participation numbers remained solid as nearly 600 paddlers took part in this year's race.

hanohano 2020 1Danny Ching leads the pack of standup paddlers. | Photo: Supconnect

The HanoHano event is one of the Longest Running Paddlesport Races in California offering access to all paddle crafts including OC-1 & 2, Surfski, Traditional Paddleboard, Standup Paddleboard and Kayak. All were in high spirits as people arrived, filling the beach with tents, boards, and good vibes. Once noticeable difference this year was that the event site had moved slightly down the bay as the original location in years past was under maintenance. The vendor village was once again filled with local and top brands in the industry providing lots of gear, fun and food to add to the already awesome day.

hanohano 2020 2An early-morning view of the vendor village. | Photo: Supconnect

Both legends and up and comer powerhouses alike were in attendance with Danny Ching and April Zilg taking charge in the 14-ft Open 20-39 category and Tyler Bashor and SIC Maui's Jade Howson taking the U19 categories. To view the full list of race results, click HERE.

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Last modified onMonday, 27 January 2020 10:55
Allie Beucler

Allie Beucler is orginally from Kona, Big Island and, as an islander, her life has been in the water – ocean more precisely. She has been a sponsored competitive surfer, represented the NSSA College National Champions while surfing for San Diego State University, and today remains deeply connected to the watersports lifestyle. Brown is both a shortboarder and a paddleboarder, loving to take out her inflatable SUP for a ride. With a journalism degree from San Diego State University and her passion for the water life, she brings an excellent combination of skill and passion to Supconnect.

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