Hundreds of elite paddlers from around the world will not be flying into Honolulu the last week of July. They won’t be cruising in flip-flops over to Molokai, and won’t be embarking on the most grueling mental and physical challenge of their lives. They won’t be emotionally gliding into Maunalua Bay Beach Park and celebrating at the Outrigger Canoe Club with a community of endurance brothers and sisters.
It would be easy to just write this year’s Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championship off as another coronavirus-related bummer, along with the scratched NBA season and Pearl Jam tour. However, the M2O race is still happening, albeit virtually, from around the world.
Anyone can do it on any craft. Anything goes.
This year, instead of making the trek to Hawaii, paddlers will set up their own routes and paddle their local waters anytime…