Challenging 6-10 foot seas during the paddleboard world championships
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 August, 2014 - The event was the 18th running of the race and athletes this year were treated to 6-10 foot seas and a prevailing easterly wind making the course extremely challenging as well as very fast. Surftech athletes Jack Bark (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) and Carter Graves (Coronado, CA) won the prestigious Molokai 2 Oahu paddleboard World Championships this past weekend in Hawaii in commanding fashion shattering world records and dominating the field. Bark, Graves and 3rd place finisher Zeb Walsh (Victoria, AUS) were all on stock Surftech Bark Commanders.
Carter Graves ©Surftech
The win was the second world championship for Bark who was battling teammate Walsh throughout the grueling race. In the end, Bark shattered the existing world record by over 14 minutes with a time of 5:12:35. The pack was extremely tight for the first 24 miles of the race and then began to spread as the group neared Oahu.
For Graves the victory was exceptionally sweet since this was her very first crossing of the Ka'iwi channel. The 22-year-old lifeguard was overwhelmed by emotion as she crossed the finish line in 6:14:41, was showered in champagne by teammates Bark and Walsh on the beach. This is Graves first world championship.
With so many records being broken, equipment was the talk of the day especially with the large number of Surftech Bark Paddleboards on the water and the overwhelming performance of all the athletes who were racing them. Both winners as well as over 50% of the field were competing on the new Surftech Bark Commander, the first time the sport has seen a single brand and design so dominant. The boards were designed by Joe Bark and are production boards that are available to all athletes at their local board sports shops.