Team rider Christian Cook conquers the 32-mile M2O!

After succumbing to sea-sickness last year in the 32-mile open ocean Molokai2Oahu paddleboard race, YOLO rider Christian Cook grew his beard to remind him of his goal...yesterday after his 7:26:18 battle, he shaved!! Way to go Christian! Amazing dedication and determination!

Although he completed the course last year, this time team rider Ingo Rademacher had to surrender at mile 21, due to sickness and cramping.

Founded in 1997, the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, presented by Kona Longboard Island Lager, is set to celebrate its 17th anniversary on Sunday, July 28, 2013.   M2O has grown from a grassroots challenge for the legendary lifeguards and watermen of Oahu to the premiere event for the sport of paddleboarding, annually crowning world champions in the two disciplines of traditional (prone) and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). The fastest athletes complete the crossing in less than five hours, which begins on Kaluakoi Beach on the north shore of Molokai and finishes in Maunalua Bay on the south shore of Oahu.