Team Canada to compete in the Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race

In less than a month, two Canadian stand up paddle boarders will join the worlds most respected watermen and women in the epic 32 mile channel crossing from Molokai to Oahu, Hawaii in the race of their lives!

JULY 5th, 2011 (Vancouver, British Columbia) The Ka’iwi Channel, also known as the “channel of bones”, aka Molokai Channel, has a centuries old reputation for being one of the most treacherous bodies of water in the world. Ka’iwi has claimed the lives of many, from ancient canoe fleets, to fisherman and watermen including the tragic loss of Hawaiian big-wave surfer Eddie Aikau.

On July 31st, 2011, Norm Hann and Bodie Shandro of British Columbia aspire to add their names to the list of those watermen and women that have successfully crossed the channel in the 15th Annual Molokai 2 Oahu Race. Unofficially recognized as the “World Championships” of paddleboarding, stand up paddle boarding is a relatively new category in the elite race. Hann and Shandro will be competing in the 2-man division.

Both men are considered “Canadian pioneers” in the sport of stand up paddleboarding, and are proud of their surf roots. Considered race veterans, adventurers and highly regarded certified SUP instructors, Hann owns and operates Squamish based Mountain Surf Adventures,  and Shandro, Kamloops based Paddle Surf Fitness.

Join them in the race of their lives by pledging in support for the organization. Norm’s Standup4Greatbear began as a 400km standup paddleboard expedition to keep oil tankers off the North Coast of British Columbia. The goal was to highlight the traditional food harvesting areas of the First Nations and the wildlife of the Greatbear Rainforest. All funds donated will go to promoting awareness, education and understanding of the significance of the Great Bear Rainforest and the culture of Coastal First Nation’s while preserving its unique status as a pristine example of human respect for and coexistence with the environment.

Partial proceeds raised will also be shared with Hawaii’s Na Kama Kai Youth Organization. Na Kama Kai’s mission is to empower youth by creating, conducting and supporting ocean-based programs, specifically targeting ocean awareness & safety in order to increase the capacity of youth in the community through cultural & environmental education. You may donate to STANDUP4GREATBEAR at: TEAM CANADA TO COMPETE IN THE 32 MILE MOLOKAI TO OAHU PADDLEBOARD


  • Regarded as the world championship of paddleboard racing.
  • Traverses 32 miles of rough, shark infested waters from the North Shore of Molokai, to the South Shore of Oahu.
  • Covers a depth of 2,300 feet and is subject to open-ocean swells of up to 30 feet.
  • Considered one of the roughest ocean channels in the world.
  • Ultimate test of endurance – no engines or sails, just a paddler and the propulsion power of his paddle.
  • Wildly varying open-ocean conditions challenge a paddler’s surfing skills.
  • Top paddlers can ride swells for 100s of yards.
  • Capricious currents and tidal effects test a paddler’s ocean navigation skills.


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