What is the Molokai, Quotes by Joel Parkinson:
The 32-mile (50km) race across the Ka’iwi Channel (dubbed “The Channel of Bones”) between the Hawaiian islands of Molokai and Oahu is regarded as one of the world’s toughest ocean paddling races. “My knees are bleeding and I’m sunburned and the rest of me is pretty beat up, but I feel incredible,” said Parkinson afterwards. “Just the buzz of having paddled from another island over the horizon is massive.”
Q: How do you prepare for the Molokai?
JM: When I was in my early 20′s I use to go out to Hawaii and train with friends and stay with families. I would work the summers on the beach lifeguarding and training.
Q: How would you prepare for the race?
JM: Every Saturday I would get up and do exactly the same routine as paddling the Molokai that day, if I do this 4 months before the race then I have already done the race 16 x’s. Eat the same food, mentally prepare and paddle the same distance. Then eat good food, stretch and get a good night sleep.
Q: Do you have a race plan:
JM: I do my own race and not go with the guys that go off the start line like it is a 20min race. If the runners are not worth the paddle, don’t make the effort. The Molokai is all about picking your moments and understanding the conditions. The wind is alway on your side and not behind you, so this makes it tricky to get a run.
Q: What sort of training do you to prepare for the race?
JM: Swimming 3 x a week, board paddle 3 x a week and one big paddle on the Saturday with a day off on the Sunday. Also had plenty of massages and Physio.
Q: What are you doing now?
JM: Travelling and doing SUP races and clinics. I am off to Germany for a race next and then through Europe.
It was great honour to meet Jamie and good luck for the future. Jamie Mitchel