Naish rider, Kai Lenny has a lot to celebrate this week after not only coming in first place at the Molokai 2 Oahu (M2O) Paddleboard Championship, but also setting a new world record in the race. Lenny finished the race in four hours and seven minutes. The previous record was held by Starboard’s Connor Baxter at four hours and eight minutes.
The M2O has been coined one of the world’s most challenging paddleboard races, with a 32 mile course through the Ka’iwi Channel between the islands of Oahu and Molokai. The event includes prone and stand up paddleboarders.
Kai Lenny, who kept his place at the front of the race from middle to end, finished 3 minutes ahead of his closest competitor, Travis Grant. Another remarkable feat.
When interviewed by Naish, Lenny said of his achievement:
In a single event, this is, by far, the hardest event I’ve ever done in my life. And what I was constantly telling myself out there was: ‘OK, what would I rather do: take a 50-foot wave on the head at Jaws, or do this right now? OK, I’d rather do this right now…’ It’s just really special and surreal. I don’t really believe it honestly. It’s really a dream come true.
Lenny and the rest of his Naish team members rode the yet to be released Naish 2017 Maliko Carbon Elite 14’0″ race boards. After seeing what Lenny can do with one we are – needless to say – excited to get our hands on one. The boards will be available in late August.