The Australians have well and truly dominated at this years Moloka’i-2-O’ahu Paddleboard World Championships, breaking world records in pristine conditions in Hawaii.
Travis Grant cemented a ground-breaking victory by winning the men’s unlimited stand up paddleboard race in an incredible 3:59:52, smashing the coveted 4-hour barrier to defeat Hawaii’s Connor Baxter.
The Aussie couldn’t believe the world-record achievement, but said a lot of hard work and determination went into it.
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“I never thought SUP could not break 4 hours. I left nothing out there and Connor and I battled – it was hard,” he said.
In the Prone unlimited paddleboard race, Matt Bevilacqua powered to his third consecutive win in 4 hours, 29 minutes, 20. The 25-year-old Australian’s win betters none only than himself from 2016, when he finished the race in 4:29.32.
Aussie Daniel Shade came in second at 4:39:19 followed closely by the Gold Coast’s Matt Poole at 4:50:46.
In the Stock Prone, Stewart McLachlan dominated the race, bettering his previous record by 3 minutes finishing in 5 hours, 2 minutes, and 43 seconds in comparison to his last’s year win at 5:05:41. Fellow countryman Lachie Lansdown finished second at 5:08:13.
Australian Ironwoman champion Harriet Brown, stepped into the women’s Prone Unlimited race for the first time and delivered a world record breaking performance by finishing with a record time of 5 hours, 14 minutes, and 31 seconds. Fellow Aussie Lizzie Welborn came in second at 5:25:54.
Maddison Spencer, 20, took home a first time victory in her first M2O, coming in at 6 hours, 6 minutes and 24 seconds in the women’s Prone Stock.
In the men’s Team Stock division, 17-year-old Gold Coaster Matt Delahunty and his 18-year-old Hawaiian team mate Hunter Pflueger dominated, edging out former M2O World Champions Brad Gaul and Kendrick Louis with a time of 5 hours, 17 minutes, and 27 seconds.
Delahunty, who is a local Carrara boy who trains at Currumbin Creek, first met his teammate when they competed against each other in Hawaii four years ago. They have been great mates ever since.
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Founded in 1997, M2O is an open-ocean endurance paddleboard challenge, featuring racers in both the prone and stand-up disciplines.
The 32-mile race starts on Kaluakoi Beach on the north shore of Moloka’i and finishes in Maunalua Bay on the south shore of O’ahu.