Advertiser Staff Writer
This is Sean
Monahan’s excuse for skipping work today.
|Dawson Jones glides across the finish line in second
place in Quicksilver Moloka'i to O'ahu paddleboard
Deborah Booker • The Honolulu
For nearly six
hours yesterday, he out-paddled Tropical Storm Daniel and some of
the world’s best paddleboarders to win the Quiksilver Silver Edition
Moloka‘i to O‘ahu Paddleboard
lifeguard at Fort DeRussy, completed the 32-mile course from the
Kaluakoi Hotel on Moloka‘i to
Maunalua Bay, O‘ahu,
in 5 hours, 37 minutes, 33 seconds. It was his second consecutive
victory in what is considered one of the world’s elite paddleboard
"I’m calling in
sick," said Monahan, 30. "This one was, to me, twice as hard as last
year. This race hurt bad."
the tropical storm contributing to a sloppy Kaiwi Channel, paddlers
were forced to battle crossing winds and irregular swells the entire
way. Monahan’s time was the slowest winning mark in the four-year
history of the event.
"You had to
fight just to stay on line," he said. "There were some runners
(waves), but when you caught one, you kind of went sideways and then
you had to paddle back the other way to get back on
For the second
consecutive year, Hawai‘i
competitors took the top three places. Dawson Jones placed second at
5:42:00, and Guy Pere was third in 5:46:56. Australian Aaron Bitmead
was fourth (5:49:11), followed by Hawai‘i’s Jimmy Austin
(5:52:34), who at 20 became the youngest finisher in the
team of Brendan Shea and Charlie Walker completed the course in
5:23:10, which was the fastest time yesterday.
won the stock board division (for boards 12 feet long) in 6:05:39.
Megan Harrington and Kelly Fey (6:38:45) were the only women’s team
to finish. No females entered solo.
"At the point
where I knew Sean was way ahead of me, I just wanted to finish,"
said Jones. "He had probably the most perfect line you could have
for the last 25 percent of the race."
broke away from the lead pack, he maintained a straight course
toward Maunalua Bay. Jones tried to catch him in the last five miles
on a more southerly course, but that proved futile.
"I think I had
the position," said Monahan. "I was north of him and I was able to
surf a little bit at the end. He had to work back against the
Added Jones: "I
wish that I had covered him instead. Once I was off his line, I
Monahan once again proved the worth of his unique solo training
methods: He practices alone and only enters one race per year - the
grueling Moloka‘i to
"I put in a lot
of training hours," he said. "I think that paid off in the last hour
of the race."
In addition to
the training methods, Monahan said he maintained several other items
from last year, including his surf shorts.
superstitious," he said. "But it works, so . . ."
One thing he
did change was his paddleboard. He used a 17- foot, 2-inch
styrofoam-based board, which was longer yet lighter than the one he
used last year.
great in these conditions," he said.
finished second in the 1997 and ’98 races, overcame an equipment
breakdown and two Portuguese man-o-war stings to place
probably my worst race combined with my best race," he said. "I
dropped back from the lead pack four times to stop and fix my rudder
cable. After the fourth one, I thought about dropping out, but I
figured I should just finish.
"And then I get
stung twice. I was like ‘this
is not my day.’ But I just kept going and going and before I knew
it, I was passing all these guys at the end."
Pere had high
praise for his fellow lifeguard: "It was no fluke last year. Sean
kicked butt again."
Elite: 1, Sean
Monahan (Hawai‘i) 5
hours, 37 minutes, 33 seconds. 2, Dawson Jones (Hawai‘i) 5:42:00. 3, Guy Pere
(Hawai‘i) 5:46:56. Open,
40-older: 1, Scott Lincoln (Calif.) 7:06:27. Stock, 39-younger: 1,
Dolan Eversole (Hawai‘i)
6:05:39. 2, Victor Hemmy III (Hawai‘i) 6:29:26. 3, Matt Sack
(Hawai‘i) 6:43:37. Stock,
40-older: 1, Ernie De Silva (Hawai‘i) 6:42:35. 2, Kamuela
6:50:22. 3, George Ramos Jr. (Hawai‘i) 6:50:53. Team Open:
1, Brendan Shea/Charlie Walker (Hawai‘i) 5:23:10. 2, Dave
Kalama/Buzzy Kerbox (Hawai‘i) 5:27:44. 3, Beau
Brown/Jeff Stoner (Calif.) 5:36:00. Team, 79 combined years or
fewer: 1, Leon Hay/David Rastovich (Australia) 6:02:09. 2, Kolohe
Blomfield/Rick Williams (Hawai‘i) NA. Team, 80-99
years: 1, Todd Bradley/Dale Hope (Hawai‘i) 5:55:13. 2, Dennis
Pang/Mike Takahashi (Hawai‘i) 6:04:12. Team, 100
combined years or more: 1, Ken Bailey/Buddy Sheppard
(Hawai‘i) 6:23:56. Mixed Team:
1, Tasha Ho/Kimo Kauihou (Hawai‘i) 7:03:04. Women’s
Team: 1, Megan Harrington/Kelly Fey (Hawai‘i) 6:38:45.