The Race

(Maui participants: see the MAUI section below!)

  • Race Date and Time: July 16, 17, 18, 2021. Click here to Register online 
  • Race Location and Course:  ANYWHERE! The Maliko run is 10 miles. Lay out a course and send it!
  • Race is open to paddle disciplines in: Stand-up Paddle, OC1, OC2, OC6, Surf Ski and Prone Paddleboard, Hydrofoil Prone/SUP, Windsurfing, WindFoil, WingFoil and Sailing. Open to anything!
  • 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 – helping special needs keiki in Maui County! Bragging rights and speed records are in full effect! This year we have 10 contests in celebration of our 10 years of Paddle Imua! Report your race times to and post your contest entries on Facebook and Instagram (#paddleimua #ipaddleout @paddleimua).


  • Online Registration – $65 – Online only. Online registration opens May 1, 2021. Online Registration closes July 18, 2021. If you want your race gear before the event start please register by July 1, 2021.
  • All entry fees will directly benefit the Camp Imua Program!


Racers will receive Paddle Imua racer bags, including the official Paddle Imua Racer Tee, Paddle Imua Event T-shirt, and assorted event sponsor swag! If you want the gear before race day, please register ASAP (no later than July 1, 2021) so we can ship!


Choose when you wish to participate! Join us on one of these dates: July 16, 17, & 18, 2021.

For local participants on Maui, there is no official race course this year; however, you do have the option of racing the traditional course from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor on your own and in compliance with any and all local regulations. If you see other Paddle Imua participants, be sure to give them a wave!

Regardless of when and where you race, be sure to take pictures and videos and share them with us using #paddleimua #ipaddleout and tag Paddle Imua with @paddleimua.


  • Safety equipment (required)
    • leash
    • whistle
    • personal flotation is recommended for all classes.
  • Tracking (for race verification/bragging rights)
    • GPS enabled device
    • GoPro


Day-of Event Instructions

  1. Eligibility and Entry
    • Classes:
      – SUP (open)
      – OC1
      – OC2
      – OC6
      – Prone- SUP – HydroFoil
      – Prone – HydroFoil
      – WingFoil
      – Windsurf
      – Sailing Dinghy
      – Anything goes/Undecided
    • Entry:
  2. Timing (see “The Start” below for Class start times)
    • All registrants are responsible fo4 providing their finish times (HH:MM:SS or Time of day)
      – GPS tracks are acceptable
      – HH:MM:SS
      – Time of Day (including seconds)
  3. Safety – While there will be Safety Boats on the racecourse, each participant will be responsible for their individual safety. This is an event in open ocean and participation is at one’s own risk.
    • Safety Gear
      – PFD recommended
      – Leashes mandatory for all classes (OC6/Windsurf/Sailing excluded: PFD recommended)
      – Whistle
      – VHF/Cell recommended (Race Channel 71)
  4. Changes in Race Instructions
      • Any changes will be communicated via text/email provided in registration
      • or: Race Briefing via Zoom (7PM – Thursday, July 15, 2021). Link will be sent to registrants (using the email provided to us).
  5. Schedule
      • Thursday, July 15: Race Briefing (via Zoom @ 7PM)
      • Saturday, July 1712:55 – First Warning Signal (OC6/Sailing/SUP/Prone/Anything goes)
        13:00 – First Start
        13:10 – Second Warning Signal (OC1/OC2)
        13:15 – Second Start
        13:25 – Third Warning Signal (SUP-Hydrofoil/Prone-Hydrofoil/WingFoil/Windsurf
        13:30 – Third Start

6. Course

      • Racing will be off the North Shore of Maui from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor
      • Attachment A shows the course in schematic form
      • Marks will be inflatable cylinder or tetrahedron (Yellow or red color)

7. Starting Sequence

    • Prep – multiple horn sounds (approximately 6 minutes to Start
    • 5 Minute Sequence – one long sound
      – 3 Minutes – 3 sounds
      – 1 Minute – 1 short sound
      – GO! – one long Sound

8. Start/Finish Lines

        • Start Line
          a) Paddle Craft will have a downwind start between the Committee Boat and Buoy/Flag near Shore
          b) Sailing/Windsurf/Wing will HAVE A REACHING start by passing UPWIND of the Committee boat
        • Finish Line
          a) The line shall be the mouth of Kahului Harbor

9. Disclaimer of Liability
Participants shall enter at their own risk. Neither IMUA Family Services, its officers, board members or any of the organizing bodies, committees, or individuals appointed to or volunteering for this event accept any liability for damage (material or personal) suffered during the event or at any other time. It shall be the sole responsibility of each participant to start or continue in the event.

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