The Scott Hawaii Gold Challenge will be another small series within the entire racing series. For OC-1 long course only. 3 races are chosen: Race #5, 7 (Oahu Championship) and 8 (Scott Hawaii State Championship). Races #5 and 7 will count for 25% each and race #8 will count double (50%). 3 race series.
1st overall any gender: $50.00 SOLID GOLD American Eagle coin = 1 ounce of gold
2nd overall any gender: $10.00 SOLID GOLD American Eagle coin = ¼ ounce of gold
3rd overall any gender: $1.00 SOLID SILVER American Eagle coin = 1 ounce of silver
STATE RACE PRIZES (in addition to overall series prizes):
1st place overall - men and women: $10.00 SOLID GOLD American Eagle coin
1st place Age Group (1st SILVER American eagle coin = 1 ounce of silver
1. Kanaka Ikaika is proud to bring home the original SOLO MOLO - MOLOKAI to OAHU race. Considered the world championship for Surfskis, however, KIRA is open to all paddle crafts. May 18th, 2014.
2. North Shore: We are going to bring back the Sunset/Turtle Bay to Haleiwa race. Surf Pending of course. Date is set for March so hopefully we don’t hit during a big swell. Alternate course would be Hawaii Kai – Magic Isle.
3. There are two TBA Windward Oahu courses on the schedule. One will be either Kailua to Kualoa, Heeia Pier to Kahana Bay or Kailua to Heeia Pier. The other will most likely either be the Kailua Challenge or Heeia to Kailua.
4. The Coastal Relay date is changed to May 04, 2014.
5. Stagger Start Regatta will be moved to April 13, 2014.
IN EVERY RACE - KIRA has categories for all paddle crafts (Surfski; SS-2; SUP – 12’, 14’, unlimited; Prone Paddleboard; OC-1; OC-2; OC-3; OC-6; V-1).
For the second year, KIRA will offer a cash purse. The purse will be dispersed equally to men and women through the two simultaneous series’. Following is a refresher on how the two series work:
This is for discipline specific racing. If you want to rank in the Poai Puni series you need to race at least four of the races in your craft of choice, otherwise you will not qualify. However, the points for this series are based on your five best races out of the seven regular races. (So plan on racing at least five races). There is a cash purse for the series' winners who place in the top three for each individual paddle discipline (OC-1, Surfski, SUP, Prone Paddleboard), men and women.
This series utilizes a combination of paddle disciplines. This is a competition within the Poai Puni series to determine the best all around waterman/woman. We have chosen 4 of the races to designate the competition,of which participants may drop one, and each chosen race will have an emphasis on a different discipline (OC-1, Surfski, SUP -14’ and under, Prone Paddleboard – Stock 12’).
Each race is still open to all crafts, but if you want to qualify for the Waterman’s award, you must participate in the emphasized discipline for that race. However, since you can drop one race, you can choose to race in only 3 of the 4 disciplines. The designated races are noted above and on the schedule.
1. The Poai Puni series will offer prize money to the winners of the series in Prone, Paddleboard, SUP, OC-1 and Surfski, at the end of the season.
2. The Maui Jim Waterman's series will also have prize money for the top 3 winners of each race, plus a bonus for the first paddler to arrive at a "hot" spot somewhere along the course.
In addition, the top 3 overall, plus winners of each age group division will win money for the overall points winners at the end of the series.
KIRA's membership program gives members value: Members receive $3.00 off all Oahu based KIRA races, as well as a discount off the SOLO MOLO entry fee. Additionally, members get a KIRA ocean racing jersey by Oiwi, and receive a discount at the Foti’s Paddle shop in Kapaa Quarry of: 15% on soft goods and paddling accessories (not including boats), 10% off all Riviera stand-up paddleboards, and outrigger and SUP paddles.
We are working on more member values from sponsors and community partners as the season gets closer, so keep checking. Costs will be posted soon.
There are 10 races total in 2014, including the Coastal Relay and the Stagger Start Regatta. These two races, along with the State Championship do not count towards the Poai Puni Series points. This year to qualify for the points, you must race at least four races to be in the rankings. The best five out of seven race finish points will be totaled. Each races' winner in any craft earns 150 points and each place thereafter earns one less. Most points wins.
For the Maui Jim Waterman’s Series; the four courses will be: 1. Hawaii Kai – Kaimana (Prone), Hawaii Kai – Magic Island (Surfski), Sunset to Haleiwa (SUP) and Makai Pier – Magic Isle. (OC-1). You will receive 1 point for your placing. You can drop one race. Least points wins.
SPONSORS: Scott Hawaii Slippers, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel-on Kuhio, Kialoa Paddles, Hinano Surfwear, Haleiwa Joe’s Restaurant, Bob’s Pizzeria Kailua, NS Air Conditioning, Oiwi Ocean Gear, Planet Sun, Hawaiian Discovery Furniture, Riviera Paddlesurf, Foti Bros.
* Every race includes all paddle crafts: Surfski; SS-2; SUP – 12’, 14’, unlimited; Prone Paddleboard; OC-1; OC-2; OC-3; OC-6; V-1.
* Maui Jim Waterman's Series has designated disciplines on selected race dates - You do not need to race that discipline unless you want to vie for the series
* Scott Hawaii Gold Challenge is for OC-1 only
Stage 1: Castle point around Mokolea Rock (Bird S…), to (split) Mokulua Islands - finish Lanikai Beach.
Stage 2: Lanikai beach around (split) Mokulua Islands to Makai Pier (around the pier).
Stage 3 (Short course stage 1): Makai Pier to Hawaii Kai
Stage 4 (Short course stage 2): Hawaii Kai to Magic Island