The 2nd Annual Race Against Skin Cancer brought together stand-up paddle, sun protection, and skin cancer awareness this weekend in Waikiki, as over 100 SUPers raced to support the University of Hawai'i Cancer Center and the fight against skin cancer.
Greeted by clear skies and glassy, ideal conditions, racers of all ages and abilities took on the fast, fun 2.4 mile course from Kaimana Beach to Duke Kahanamoku Beach.
Top Men's finishers included overall first place and Unlimited division winner Ed Wheeler (17:03); 14' division winner Kione Dahlin (17:10, defending his 2013 division win); and Stock 12'6" division winner Kaihe Chong (17:13).
Top Women's finishers included overall Women's first place and 14' division winner Jenn Lee (19:03, also successfully defending her 2013 title); Stock 12'6" division winner Kelsa Gabehart (19:50); and Unlimited division winner Melissa Farnum (38:38).
"What an exciting day for the UH Cancer Center, Xcel, and skin cancer awareness," says Marshall Marumoto, Xcel Vice President. "We're thrilled to be able to build on last year's inaugural event and to see the amazing turnout and continued support for our cause."
Partners in the ongoing fight against skin cancer, Xcel donates a portion of its UV-protective product proceeds to the UH Cancer Center's Xcel Skin Cancer Prevention Fund, underwriting skin cancer awareness, prevention, and research/educational initiatives.
The Race Against Skin Cancer had its inaugural year in 2013. All Race Against Skin Cancer event proceeds benefit the Fund and the UH Cancer Center.
"Mahalo to the racers, sponsors, and volunteers who made this day such a success," adds Xcel Marketing Manager Robin Erb. "We're incredibly thankful for the community support and for the opportunity to raise awareness for skin cancer here in Hawai'i and beyond."
Racers and spectators took full advantage of race day activities that included free skin cancer screenings by the Hawai'i Skin Cancer Coalition, an awards presentation for top finishers, and an exciting prize drawing for SUP and sun protection gear generously donated by event sponsors.
Presented by the Friends of the UH Cancer Center, the 2nd Annual Race Against Skin Cancer was made possible through its sponsors Hui O He'e Nalu (Da Hui), Turtle Bay Resort, Surftech, Kona Red, Standup Paddle Magazine, C4 Waterman, Island Sole, Ty Gurney Surf School, 83 East, Vertra, Maui Jim, and Dakine.
Race Against Skin Cancer Top Finishers
1. Ed Wheeler (17:03), 1st Overall Men's
2. Alika Tom (22:04)
1. Melissa Farnum (38:38)
1. Kione Dahlin (17:10)
2. Ingo Rademacher (17:18)
3. Danny Sheard (17:39)
1. Jenn Lee (19:03), 1st Overall Women's
2. Jennifer Polcer (20:55)
3. Natalie Scarborough (22:09)
Men's Stock 12'6" & Under
1. Kaihe Chong (17:13)
2. Jimmy Fitt (18:54)
3. Andrew Ching (19:01)
Women's Stock 12'6" & Under
1. Kelsa Gabehart (19:50)
2. Jennifer Fratzke (19:54)
3. Kristin Thomas (19:59)
Full results are posted at http://pseresults.com/events/645/results.
The Hui O He'e Nalu volunteer crew. Photo: Joey Carroll
Kimo Akaka paddling in toward the finish. Photo: 83 East
Kimo heads up the beach to an outstanding finish. Photo: 83 East
Event winner Ed Wheeler races to a fast finish. Photo: 83 East
14' division winner Kione Dahlin, defending his 2013 title. Photo: Joey Car
Top female finisher Jenn Lee retains her 2013 crown. Photo: 83 East
Lots of action on race day. Photo: 83 East
Racers of all ages came out for the 2nd annual race. Photo: 83 East
Ideal south shore conditions. Photo: 83 East
Da Hui = Board carriers extraordinaire. Photo: 83 East
Diamond Head, the ideal race backdrop. Photo: 83 East
Terry Ahue (center, black top) and the Hawaiian Water Patrol crew at the ra
Shade - the ultimate skin cancer prevention. Photo: 83 East
Duke Kahanamoku Beach. Photo: 83 East
Event sponsor Kona Red with Mahina Chillingworth of Da Hui (2nd from left).
Event sponsor Surftech representing on the beach. Photo: Joey Carroll
Racers and spectators gather for the awards. Photo: 83 East
L - R Unlimited division winners Melissa Farnum (Women's 1st), Alika Tom (M
L - R Men's 14' division winners Ingo Rademacher (2nd, with son Peanut acce
L - R Women's 14' division winners Jennifer Polcer (2nd), Natalie Scarborou
L - R Men's Stock 12'6" division winners Jimmy Fitt (2nd), Andrew Ching (3r
L - R Women's Stock 12'6" division winners Kelsa Gabehart (1st), Jennifer F
Skin cancer screenings by the Hawaii Skin Cancer Coalition. Photo: 83 East
Kevin Cassel and the UH Cancer Center. Photo: Joey Carroll
A very stoked Shawn Wolff takes home this brand new Surftech SUP board duri