Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge

28 Jan 2012 – 07:00

Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge

Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge
Region 1 – SoCal, WPA Only Sanctioned Event, WPA Series Event
Mission Bay, San Diego
Mission Blvd
San Diego

The 16th Annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge; OC-1 & 2, Surfski, Paddleboard and Standup Paddleboard Race Presented by Maui Jim; Jan 28, 2012
Mission Bay, San Diego
Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club
Founded 1981
Mission Bay, San Diego, Ca
Mission To provide an enjoyable and safe venue for paddlers of all craft and all ages to race and share the Aloha.
5 mile flatwater race course for intermediate OC-1, surfski and all Paddleboards and SUP’s
9 mile open Ocean Race Course for Advanced Surfski and Oc-1 & OC-2

Event Website

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The 15th Annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge Paddling Race kicked off this past January 29th 2011 with OC-1, Surfski, Paddleboard and SUP Racing on the agenda it was an action packed day for the 400 or so paddlers on hand.(pictured Maggie Hogan-photo credited www.windanseaphoto.com)


With racing centered around San Diego’s Mission Bay the event featured a 4.75 mile short course and a 9 mile long course pictured at right.

First up for the short course it was the Kayaks taking top honors with Sean Barlow beating out Jean Louis Gurnchard by a scant 4 seconds for the overall short course win and Kayak title. Kevin Stock finished in third some two minutes back. The double Surfski of Ross Flemer and Chris Swam however finished 3rd overall and first in division nipping at the heels of Louis Gurnchard’s kayak by 7 seconds. Suzanne De Bruyn turned in a phenomenal paddle for a 6th overall finish for the Kayaks while Jim Bauman won the Surfski title for the men.

The starts favored those who could get off the line fast with the racers converging between two boats so getting off quick and ahead clean was imperative or suffer the sitting in traffic syndrome.

For the 166 SUP boards lined up to do battle it was the Unlimited (16 boards) SUP board of Thomas Maximus (pictured above-credited www.windanseaphoto.com) taking the overall and division win in a 39 minute and 21 second time. 404 Team Rider Danny Ching (pictured below-credited www.windanseaphoto.com) came first for the Stock division (49 boards) taking out Anthony Vela by over one minute. Matt Becker finished in third place with Dan Gavere trying to chase him down at the end. Gavere settled for fourth just off the podium.

The weather was near ideal until a slight wind kicked up in the afternoon towards the end of the long course racing. Weather chart courtesy Iwindsurf.com.

The Women’s stock title went to Krisztina Zur. Zur can be proud of this victory beating out a talented field of 47 paddlers that included Maggie Hogan (Maggie also won the Women’s Surfski on the long course, and the subsequent Waterman Title), Brandi Baksic, Elsa Harrison, and Nikki Gregg who rounded out the top 5 in that order. For the 14 footer SUP division honors went to Eric Starnes who posted a 43 minute and 25 second time. Starnes victory was never assured with EJ Johnson and Jim Terrell ready to strike at any moment with only 19 seconds separating the three at the end.

57 paddleboards crossed the starting line but none crossed the finish line sooner than Dan Mann on his Unlimited board. Mann was locked up in a battle with Roch Frey across the entire course with a 4 second delta determining the winner.

Top Paddleboarder Steve Shlens bested 14 other paddleboarders for the 14ft division title but it was no easy victory. Shlens was pressured by Jay Scheckman the entire way with a very close finish separating the two paddlers at the end. Beth Knight took home the title for the ladies while Tommy Coon won the men’s stock division. Coon’s victory came at the expense of Waterman Applied Science’s Pete Sterling who had to settle for second some 17 seconds back.(photo credite www.windanseaphoto.com)

Just under 100 boats made the start of the long division but it was the Surfski of Rich Sprout that could not be caught. Sprout’s 1 hour 2 minute and 56 second time was good for a 30 second win over the Surfski of second place David Guber.

Many of the paddlers on hand decided to take in all the event had to offer going in for the double dip racing in both the short and long course races. Among them was Danny Ching who bookended his SUP win on the short course with the OC1 Men’s Open division title and eventually the events Waterman title.

Jill Schooler did just that schooling the other women’s OC1 paddlers by just under two minutes for the division win. Thomas Maximus and Casey Owens won the OC2 Men’s title but it may have been the fresh arms of Owens the made the difference. The second place boat of Charles Banfield and Rob Rojas were both double dipping. Susan Wynn & Suzanne Serafin took down the OC2 Women’s title while the coed OC2 title went to the Gill/Wilson boat.


The Hanohano club takes their double dippers seriously awarding them the prestigious Waterman award. In order to be eligible for the award the paddlers had to register and race either an SUP or Prone Paddleboard on short course and either Surfski or OC-1 on Long course. While not everyone listed here was eligible for the award I had to throw them some props.


Other double dippers included, but not limited to were; Maggie Hogan, Pete Sterling, Deon’s World Deon Lourens, Heather Fenske, Jill Vickery, Leah Beebe, Cheance Adair, Garen Doyle, George Plsek, Michael Reu, Riley Ritchie, Tyson Poppler, Thomas Maximus, Charles Banfield, Danny Ching, Rob Rojas. Apologies for anyone I missed.


Gender Place name Short course long course age Short time long time total time
Female 1 Maggie Hogan  SUP-12’6  &  U-W SS-W················ 0:55:16 :12:43 2:07:59
Female 2 Leah Beebe SUP-12’6″  &  U-W OC1-OPEN-W 28   0:58:52 1:23:34 2:22:26
Female 3 Heather Fenske SUP-12’6″  &   U-W SS-W   24      1:05:27   1:32:18 2:37:45

Male 1 Danny Ching SUP-12’6″  &  U-M OC1-OPEN-M 27       0:46:22   1:09:07 1:55:29
Male 2 Chris Hill SUP-UNL-M OC1-OPEN-M     35                    0:47:44 1:15:58 2:03:42
Male 3 George Plsek SUP-14′-M  &  OC1-40-49-M   41       0:51:56   1:18:03 2:09:59

The event was also stock full of family fun including a keiki (kids) race.(photo credited www.windanseaphoto.com)


Special Thanks to event Sponsors including Huki, Premiere Paddlesurf, Paddleme.com, Holua along with supporting Sponsors Maui Jim Sunglasses, Nixon, Wahoos, Quickblade and OEX/Starboard. Support the businesses that support the sport!


The Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club was founded in January of 1981 by Egon and Rena Horcajo and is located in Mission Bay, San Diego, California. The members are made up of a diverse group of people ranging in age from 12-70 plus years old and come from varied backgrounds such as lifeguards, programmers, construction workers, scientists, pilots, teachers, business owners and many more. Members have varying athletic backgrounds, some are highly competitive, and others join for exercise and the chance to meet new friends.


Long Course Photo Gallery

Short Course Photo Gallery

Complete Results (XL Spreadsheet)

Official Event Website

Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club On The Web

Huki Outriggers, Surfski’s, and SUP on the Web