OAHU, Hawaii - Due to the Covid-19 pandemic many major events throughout the year have been postponed or cancelled. The world-renowned Molokai 2 Oahu (M2O) race is one of those that was cancelled for 2020 despite paddlers' hopes it would continue. However, M2O event organizers have just announced a 2020 virtual edition of the M2O to keep spirits high amid all that's going on.
The 2020 Virtual Edition of the Moloka’i-2-O’ahu Paddleboard World Championships (M2O) will be open to ANYONE ANYWHERE and ANYTHING GOES. Paddle what you want where you want. Crazy times call for crazy measures.
Paddlers will paddle and upload their 16-mile race files anytime during July 24th-26th race weekend. Don’t want to upload? No problem - share your paddle on social including conditions and locations. Race in your favorite M2O jersey. All entrants will be mailed an official M2O Swag bag with official race t-shirt, race hat, pareo, M2O camp mug and sponsor goodies. Entries include gear and shipping. Entries close June 15 in order to ship the gear in time for July 24-26 race weekend. Entry list will be published once registration closed.
NO awards just Bragging Rights. Recruit your training partners, friends and family. Family discounts and scholarships available. Any questions please email [email protected]
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The annual M2O race is a deeply personal experience, challenging every paddler’s physical and mental endurance. In its first year, the crossing was considered a “friendly challenge” between legendary lifeguards and watermen of O’ahu. The Virtual Edition will continue to share this deep passion and continue to celebrate the sport of paddling far and wide.
The cancellation of the 2020 M2O will allow our paddling communities to stay safe and connected with the Virtual Edition on the same weekend of the original cancelled race. Many athletes are just starting to have access to local waters. We look forward to celebrating 2021 in the Ka'iwi channel.
M2O is an open-ocean endurance paddleboard challenge, featuring racers in PRONE, SUP and FOIL divisions. Connecting the islands of Moloka’i and O’ahu, the 32-mile race crosses the Ka’iwi Channel, is a true test for all athletes as they navigate strong currents, heavy winds and a deep channel to arrive at the south shores of O’ahu. Men and women from more than 20 countries will face challenging conditions as they navigate the fastest downwind route over one of the deepest channels in the world. Top athletes typically complete the crossing in less than five hours, riding mid-channel waves that can crest more than 12 feet and carry paddlers hundreds of meters at a time. The race starts on Kaluakoi Beach on the north shore of Moloka’i and finishes at Maunalua Bay on the south shore of O’ahu.