Molokai Channel Swim Race

On August 24, 2013, six unique water lovers will be racing from the island of Molokai to Oahu. This race involves relaying 28 miles of pure swimming across the deep blue channel.

We hope for smooth currents to help push us in the correct direction, at least calmer waters than not, as seen in that picture. We will not focus on sharks or tumultuous seas.

Our goal is to finish strong and positive before dark at Sandy's Beach, ready and able to celebrate our accomplishment.

You can read more about the race here: Ka'iwi Channel Swim Race

Feeling generous?

We are grateful for any donation to help us pay for:

- Entry Fee ($2000)
- Captain and use of his Boat ($800)
- Team Travel /lodge ($800)
- Flights/accommodations for escorts ($200)
- Nutrition


PEPPER stays suga' free as Mr. April in the 2013 Hottest Firefighters of Hawaii calendar (he's saved many kittens from various mango trees). As a nod to his respected waterman reputation and purebred heritage, he has earned the nickname "˜Flying Dutchman' by holding the record in both San Diego and Honolulu Counties for the lifeguard run-swim test, and paddle-boarding to victory in his '12 and '13 Molokai Channel crossing. Though his swimming stroke needs little help, you can find him avidly practicing a different stroke: on the golf course, where Pepper recently made his first hole in one and aspires to one day win his first gold"”or green"”jacket. Pepper, a UC San Diego alum, is the beauty, the beast, and the baker of the team; ask him for his legendary scone recipes! Pepper has no trouble finding a little Hawaiian sea salt to shake it with.

Pepper, Erin, Terence
at the July 2013 Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard World Championships Congratulations, Pepper!

ERIN is a sista' with loose hamstrings and a tight grip on local produce. She serves with her Master's in Social Work by heart, teaches yoga by trade, and practices gratefulness by choice. She owes her endurance to 4 solid years of UC Santa Barbara Swimming as a Former All-time Gaucho Great, in which she continues to hold down her pace and booze. Erin does her best to keep it real by breathing with purpose, moving with grace, and eating watermelon. lots of watermelon.

Erin, Terence, and Jamie at Waimea Bay - Swim Series #2

TERENCE is a Hawaii Pacific Health hospital manager by day, VIP by night. Even though Terence grew up in Honolulu, he adds more heat to the team from University of Miami Swimming. Terence has a knack for attracting popularity to his gentle soul and baller status. Also, Terence loves animals. He donates lots of money to saving all types of animals including, but not limited to: dolphins, whales, koalas, pandas, lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes, dogs, birds, hamsters, turtles, rhinoceros', hippopotamus', monkeys, wallabies, wombats, kangaroos, sea lions, seals, and bears. Terence is our motivating team captain and responsible for providing ginger and Dramamine for this race.

BRIAN is a man of many talents, whimsical gifts and absolute loyalty. A psychological tactician, Brian's commitment to his friends and ride-or-die attitude is unquestioned. He is the answer to the question: "Who's in?" As a three sport athlete at UC Santa Cruz, Brian earned All-American honors as captain of the water polo team while also "riding the pine" at basketball games and "following the black line" for the swim team. He is an unabashed supporter of air quotes and good attitudes. You want this guy around.

Brian, Erin, Jamie at the last North Shore Series Swim Race.
Aug 3, 2013.

JAMIE: Don't let his sun bleached hair and surfer stride fool you, Jaime is hard at work for NOAA, and is preparing to defend his Doctorate in Oceanography from UH later this year. This Pisces started surfing before he could run, and played water polo growing in San Diego and for UC Santa Barbara. Jamie has witnessed life underwater like none of us have (just ask him about coral restoration, marine organisms, and diving amongst hundreds of sharks) he'll blow you away with his charm, wit, and brilliance!

BRIT is a true soul surfer, born and raised on Oahu. She claimed her amazing tan back after attending Indiana University where she swam competitively. Ms. Brittany loves exploring new places on land and in the water, although she functions better in the water. From finding new caves to dive through, new surf spots, and trails to hike, she's living and breathing for her next thrill of world travel. Perhaps as a traveling nurse after she finishes her studies, or as a hot surf bum, Brit's top three picks are to the Galápagos Islands, Asia, and South America.

A special thanks to Leane and Alli for their unwavering support and laughs. This team requires more than just the swimmers, we need escort paddlers, boat captain, and support from you!

Mahalo nui for any donations towards this event!
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Honolulu, HI
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