Race Date: Saturday May 6, 2017. Race starts at 1 p.m.
Race is open to paddle disciplines in: stand-up Paddle, OC1, OC2, OC6, Surf Ski and Prone Paddleboard. NEW Hydrofoil SUP and Laser Sailboat classes added in 2017 too!
Race Course: The race is just about 9 miles. The actual finish line is on the beach directly fronting Hawaiian Canoe Club. Contestants will jump off their board or canoe and run through the shoot to complete the race.
Eligibility: Open to men and women of all ages. Racers under 18-years of age must have their parent/legal guardian sign their waiver and liabilities form. We reserve the right to refuse participation to entrants for any reason we deem necessary.
Awards: Paddle Imua is a fun race that benefits a worthy cause. Awards will only be given out to the top three overall division winners for each gender. Awards are NOT given out in age divisions but times will be posted.
- Online Early Registration – $50 – Online only. Online registration opens Dec. 1, 2016. REGISTER NOW! Online Early Registration closes May 4, 2017. After that, all registrations will take place on race day, May 6, 2017 at Maliko.
- Race Day Registration – $70 –starting at 10am at Maliko Gulch. CASH & CHECKS ONLY ON RACE DAY! *** ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES 5/4/17 ***
All entry fees will directly benefit the Camp Imua Program!
In an effort to provide every one of our participants with a safe downwinder, the staggered start will be incorporated in BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua 2017.
Participants are assigned to a heat based on the projected category type as well as finishing time. (Example Heat 1: Stand-Up Paddleboard and Prone; Heat 2: OC1, OC2, and Surf ski.)
All SUP participants are to sit on their boards until the horn blows.
When the horn blows, the first heat will be released. The rest of the participants will be held at the shore. At pre-determined intervals the next heat will be released.
By using this staggered starting method, the pack will be spread out and allow every participant to settle into their racing rhythm from the first stroke right to the finish line.
False Starts, Early entry into the water will automatically add 1 minute from final time.
10:00am – Check-in begins at Maliko Gulch. All racers will be required to complete and sign a race waiver at check-in if they have not done so already.
12:15am – Mandatory safety briefing and race blessing for all competitors.
1:00pm – First race starts. (staggered water starts in Maliko Gulch)
4:30pm – Race awards and prize-draw .
Ohana Festival Schedule and Events:
1:00pm – Festival begins with music, food, and keiki activities
2:15pm – First racers expected across the line.
1:00-4:00pm – Lucky number draw
4:00pm- Awards Ceremony
WHAT TO BRING
A leash or whistle is mandatory for all paddlers.
State Approved ID – Anyone wishing to consume alcohol will need to bring a state approved ID to Hawaiian Canoe Club before being allowed entry into the beer garden.
Waiver: All participants must agree to the terms put forth in the race participant waiver and either electronically sign the waiver with each online registration or physically sign the liabilities waiver in person.