This weekend was the 2017 Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge where almost 400 paddlers enjoyed a perfect 70 degree winter day in San Diego’s Mission Bay. The Hano Hano is one of the biggest races of the year in California, right there with The Pacific Paddle Games in the number of paddlers.
Danny Ching took the win in the Men's 14' while Tyler Bashor took the win in the Men's 12'6". Riviera's own Thomas Maximus took 2nd Place on his RP-19'7" to Chuck Glynn in the Unlimited class race. Sara Messina took 3rd place in the 12'6 open 19-39.
But the story of the day, as it was at the PPG Race in October was of Jade Howson. It's hard to call her an up an comer with the string of top results over the past year, but 14 year old Jade took the win in the womens 9 mile OC-1 race and the Womens short course 12'6 Race on her RP-12'6x22" Raceboard ahead of Kali’a Alexiou. It's a great start to the season for her bettering a second place at the Hano Hano last year. Stay Tuned to the blog or Riviera's facebook for more updates and a photo Gallery from Saturday's event.
Top 5 Line Honours
1st: Chuck Glynn (0:48:21) *unlimited
2nd: Thomas Maximus (0:49:00) *unlimited - TEAM RIVIERA
3rd: Candice Appleby/Jack Wygal (0:50:30) *tandem
4th: Danny Ching (0:50:33) *14′
5th: Chase Kosterlitz (0:50:36) *14′
Top 5 Men’s 14′
1st: Danny Ching (0:50:33)
2nd: Chase Kosterlitz (0:50:36)
3rd: Dave Boehne (0:50:42)
4th: Noa Hopper (0:50:57)
5th: Greg Closier (0:51:15)
Top 5 Women’s 12’6
1st: Jade Howson (0:58:55) - TEAM RIVIERA
2nd: Kali’a Alexiou (1:00:21)
3rd: Kristy Morris (1:01:39)
4th: Genna Flinkman (1:02:30)
5th: Carter Graves (1:03:00)