By Marina Miller
This year the Na Pali Race was a little different than the rest. With the road to Haena closed to the general public, racers rallied at Anini Beach Park for the opening ceremony and blessing. After the beautiful gathering, paddle board racers were sailed down to the Haena start for a 17 mile race, while the paddlers started from Anini making the race course 24.5 miles long. You can find the full winners list with race times here. To learn more about this annual event, please visit Napalirace.com.
John Florence, Mikey Bruneau, and Kona Johnson all came from Oahu for the race. Mikey a North Shore Oahu Lifeguard won the Men's Stock Prone 30-39 division. John and Kona sailed over from Oahu.
Racers take a moment to listen to some local knowledge.
Mariko Strickland Lum doing the OC1 this year.
It was a beautiful cloudy day.
Brothers Kailoa and Waioli Forrest are winners in the OC2 race.
Kai Lenny was the overall race winner with a time of 1:19:59.8 on his foil board.
Kawika Kau'i on the RedBull ski assisting the racers.
The world champion of surfing JJF doing some post knee surgery rehab.
Tommy Tokioka, Kauila, and Kai on their winning men's 24' sail canoe team.
Evan Valerie, the race director, and his relay team at the finish line.
John John finishing strong.
Post race watermelon provided by Tamba! Racers were stoked!!!
Filmmaker/racer Crystal Homcy and photographer Jeff Johnson.
Father and son racers! Kawai Beeby won the Stock Prone U18 and is the race's youngest ever paddler.
It was another beautiful race. Mahalo to all the sponsors and paddlers for all your hard work. See you next year!
Photos: Marina Miller