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Inclement weather forces Paddle Imua course change

The Maui News

Windy and rainy weather Saturday forced a course change for the eighth Paddle Imua benefit.

The race usually does the Maliko Downwind Run from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor, but this year’s race was moved to the Hawaiian Canoe Club along the harbor. Paddle Imua Race Director Sam Bittner made the call early Saturday morning, citing safety concerns from the late season weather front that moved down the Hawaiian Island chain and the Kona winds, the Imua news release said.

Shorter heat races in Kahului Harbor were held.

The ‘Ohana Festival featured dance music, a Keiki Activity Zone, food trucks and a beer garden. Athletes enjoyed food by Aloha Mixed Plate, massages by Deep Relief//Peak Performance and Maui Academy of Healing Arts and cold beer by the Maui Brewing Co.

Paddle Imua is a benefit race for Imua Family Services’ Camp Imua Program, a weeklong recreational camp experience for school-age children with disabilities and special needs. Camp Imua takes place in June and allows campers to experience camp activities while providing family and caregivers a respite.

The results follow:

• Stand-up paddleboarding 14 and under men no rudder, Zane Schweitzer, first; Josh Riccio, second; Slater Fleck, third.

• SUP 14 and under women no rudder, Lara Claydon, first.

• SUP Hydrofoil, Kody Kerbox, first; Bobo Gallagher, second; Annie Reickert, third.

• Hydrofoil prone paddle, Kane DeWilde, first.

• SUP unlimited men, Ralf Sifford, first; Luiz Assumpcao, second.

• SUP unlimited women, Annie Reickert, first; Sharon Baldwin, second.

• Surf ski, Michael Owens, first; Richard Spork, second; Gwyn Howat, third.

• Prone paddleboard, Scott Rusher, first; Mark Moquin, second; Bram Denhaan, third.

• Outrigger canoe-1 men, Jonas Archibauskao, first; Jesse Rios, second; John Guard, third.

• OC-2 men, Lex & Frank team, first.

• OC-2 women, Team Bouwens, first.

• OC-2 mixed, Team Lee & Devin, first.

• OC-6, Team UVSC, first.

• Windsurfing men, Peter John, first.

• Windsurfing women, Danika Sailor, first.

• Laser sailboat overall, Ryan McCrystal, first.

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