Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge- West Coast’s best sup race of winter!

Hanohano race start full group Glenn Dubock
Hanohano race start full group Glenn Dubock
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This past weekend, Standup Journal’s team photographers, brothers Glenn and John Dubock, got cabin fever and headed down to the infamous Hanohano Huki race event on Mission Bay in San Diego, CA.

The Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge is one of the Longest Running Paddlesport Races in California (OC-1, Surfski, Traditional Paddleboard, Standup Paddleboard and Kayak) and always includes a great mix of top level professional athletes and beginners from ages 7-80.

Hanohano beach scene Glenn Dubock
A stacked and packed beach scene at the Hanohano.  Photo by: Glenn Dubock

History of the Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge

The Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club was founded in January of 1981 by Egon and Rena Horcajo in Mission Bay, San Diego, Californai.  The Club unites men and women who share an interest in perpetuating Hawaiian outrigger canoe racing at its highest level.  The club encourages and promotes good will and sportsmanship among its members. In fact, the very name, “Hanohano” means ‘ glorious, dignified & worthy of praises.’

The Hanohano Outrigger Club today organizes events, fundraisers and – of course – high level competitions and races.  This weekend’s Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge brought together stand up paddlers, OC-1 and surf ski racers from all over California to participate in one great ocean challenge.

Here’s the recap from Standup Journal photographers & dynamic brother duo, Glenn and John Dubock.

Hanohano race start full group Glenn Dubock
Start line fury. With over 300 boards launching at the same time, getting off the beach without bumping rails was a priority. Photo by: Glenn Dubock

A chilly January morning gathers 300 stand up paddlers at Hanohano Huki

A cold morning could do nothing to put a chill on the stoke at the 22nd running of the Hanohano Huki Race in San Diego California. Well over 300 stand up paddlers joined in with all manner of paddle craft to blaze a 5 mile course around Mission Bay on a glassy but challenging course.  OC-1, Surfski, Traditional Paddleboard, Standup Paddleboard and Kayaks were all represented in this dynamic and well-loved event.

Hanohano race blur Glenn Dubock
The blur from the final mile. Four miles down, one to go. You can only see the wakes of the boards in front of you but you can hear the heavy breathing of the racers behind. Time for 5th gear!                   Photo by: Glenn Dubock

Who rides on top at the Hanohano?

Danny Ching once again showed his dominating ways, but not without being contested the entire way by the likes of Mo Freitas in second place and Noa Hopper in 3rd for the Open Division. Just two seconds behind Noa was Tyler Bashor in the U16 division, which raised the bar for all future racers.  Nice job, Tyler!

Hanohano Danny Ching Glenn Dubock
Danny Ching and daughter talk it over with teammate Noa Hopper after another grueling race.           Photo by: Glenn Dubock

Candice has some fun and leaves the young girls with room to shine

With Candice Appleby choosing to paddle a tandem with Jack Wygal, Shae Foudy and Jade Howson were the fastest ladies out on the course in their respective divisions. Racers of all ages and abilities had a great day on and off the water.  Who could ask for more?

Hanohano Candice Appleby Jack Wygel tandem Glenn Dubock
Candice Appleby and Jack Wygal in tandem attack mode. Photo by: Glenn Dubock

Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge is all about community

In the end, the 5-mile Hanohano is a great winter shake-out for racers to either (1) see how their training is going; and/or (2) inspire folks to get their training going for the season ahead.  A great course with a fantastic vibe, the Hanohano remains one of the most anticipated races every season.

Did YOU Hanohano?  We’d love to hear in the comments below!

Hanohano fist bumps Glenn Dubock
Fist bumps and accolades from coaches and parents – moments that the kids will remember forever. Photo by: Glenn Dubock
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Glenn Dubock, Assoc. Publisher/Photo Editor – Santa Barbara, CAnHis voicemail message at Santa Barbara’s Cottage Hospital says Dubock is the media services coordinator, but that’s just his day job. He is one of the preeminent watersports photographers on the scene today. Growing up in the West Coast surf culture and getting in on the ground floor of the windsurf and kitesurfing boom days, Dubock’s impactful coverage began even before he extensively photographed the ’84 Olympic Games. Glenn’s images depict a deep knowledge of the sport. In 1985 he shot the first cover for California Boardsailor, our mag that would eventually become Wind Tracks. “Dub” is about to celebrate his 30th wedding anniversary with Kathy.