The Molokai to Oahu paddleboard race is this weekend, and it seems like this year everyone is paddling for a cause. Here are a couple of our friends who have decided to raise money or awareness this year:
Jenny Kalmbach will be competing in the solo SUP division of the Molokai2Oahu just weeks after completing a historic 72-mile, 16-hour paddle, during the night, between the islands of Oahu and Kauai. Kalmbach and good friend Morgan Hoesterey together made the rare crossing of the Kauai Channel.
Kalmbach will be an official ambassador of the Molokai-to-Oahu race and will race for another leg of her seven channel quest between the Hawaiian Islands known as ‘Destination 3 Degrees’. Destination 3 Degrees is an opportunity for Kalmbach and Hoesterey to raise funds and awareness for the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, an organization that researches and quantifies plastics in the ocean.
To donate to Jenny’s cause, click HERE
Last year, Gamble finished third at Molokai and looks forward to challenging himself again for the top position while building awareness for the Ocean 2 Hope Campaign. The Ocean of Hope team will raise money for the Sarcoma Alliance. The national nonprofit group has a blog, discussion board, live chat room and peer-to-peer network. It helps start sarcoma support groups and provides financial assistance to patients seeking a second opinion from sarcoma specialists.
Because he lives in Honolulu, he says, “the Molokai crossing means a lot to me. It is both a mental and physical test …very grueling, yet rewarding at the same time. It is a great opportunity to not only cross one of the most prestigious channels in paddling, but also meet all the great watermen and women that enjoy the sport of standup paddling as much as I do.
To donate to Scott’s cause, click HERE