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SEA Paddle NYC: Donna and Mark Raaphorst from Maui Seek Our Support

Aloha, I’d like to introduce to you two of our Maui, SUP Ohana members of the community and good friends. Mark and Donna Raaphorst are asking for our support as I’m learning more and more about the tragic effect autism has on children and their families. The need to educate and support this cause is great. Learn more about how you can support our friends in their journey to paddle 26 miles in New York this summer.

Mark and Donna

“Dear Friends and Family,

Autism affects 1 in 150 children. Donna and I both have friends and family whose children are autistic. Maybe you do too. These individuals are faced with huge challenges every day, but with a good support system these challenges can be faced with some comfort and even joy.

Next month we will be participating in an event that raises money to assist individuals and family members touched by this disorder. The funds we help raise will go to a variety of foundations focused on education for the children, family support and research that will hopefully lead to a cure.

The event is the SEAPaddleNYC and it takes place on August 12th 2011. Time is short now so we are graciously asking you to act soon by making a contribution of any amount to this cause. We understand well that the current economy is putting a strain on many of us. However, we are asking that if there is any contribution that you are able to make to help us reach our goal, we would greatly appreciate it. More importantly, the recipients of the foundation’s gifts will be touched by your generosity.

The SEAPaddleNYC is a 26.5 mile paddle around Manhattan we will do on our own stand up boards flown in from Hawaii. The paddle is expected to take between 7-8 hours. In order to participate we are required to raise a minimum of $1000.00 each but would like to increase that minimum to at least $1500.00 each for a combined donation of $3000.00.

The route:

The links below will take you directly to our pledge pages where you can make a contribution.
To find out more about the event and the foundations that will benefit simply click on the green logo in the upper left corner that will lead you to the home page.

Mark’s pledge page:


Donna’s pledge page:


If you are able to make a contribution please follow the links above. Also, if you know others who might be interested in making a contribution please feel free to forward this email to them.

With gratitude,

Mark & Donna Raaphorst

155 Hohani Pl.
Haiku HI 96708
(808) 463-4656

Good luck Mark and Donna! I’m sure you’ll get there and represent.  Suzie

Maui Third Annual OluKai Ho'olaule'a a Huge Success Event Wrap Up & Race Results

The Third Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a proved to be a tremendous success and an event that will for sure be even bigger and bigger in the years to come.  I had the pleasure of working with the OluKai Premium Footwear crew in particular Matthew Murasko from Maui, and the fine team that arrived from the mainland. In addition to the SUP and OC1 races, this year’s venue was extra special with the new division offered as the “Ohana Fun  Paddle” that captured over 100 participants before the big races.  ( More event highlights here )

Ohana Fun Paddle Start - Photo provided by Ocean Paddler TV

This alone was an event within the event as folks from as young  as 12 years old up to 75 years young got to experience a 3 mile down wind, non-competitive paddle. Prone paddlers, OC1s and stand up paddlers launched from the Paia Bay Youth & Cultural Center and arrived to at the life guard tower at Kanaha.  I anticipate this number to double for next year!   ( photos coming soon!!)

With about 210 plus participants the SUP Race broke some records from last year and many of the recognized names dominated. The trades were nearing about 15 knots and there was small wind swell which offered very close finishing times. The grueling run on the beach just after paddling your brains out for 8 miles made it for an exciting spectator finish!  We’re begging for a shorter run!??!  

May 14, 2011 – OluKai Ho’olaule’a SUP Race, Top 20 Overall:

Place Time No. Fname Lname Division
1 0:49:01 191 Kai Bartlett Elite Men
2 0:49:18 98 Livio Menelau Elite Men
3 0:51:39 205 Ekolu Kalama Elite Men
4 0:52:31 113 Mark Raaphorst Elite Men
5 0:53:11 118 Jeremy Riggs Elite Men
6 0:55:07 206 Campbel Farrell REC Men 30 – 39
7 0:55:24 129 Zane Schweitzer Elite Men
8 0:55:35 8 Amir Arbel REC Men 30 – 39
9 0:55:42 100 Andrea Moller Elite Women
10 0:56:06 128 Michi Schweiger SUP14 Men 40 – 49
11 0:56:30 97 Junya McGurn REC Men 40 – 49
12 0:58:07 184 Greg Pavao SUP14 Men 40 – 49
13 0:58:20 53 Masao Fukayama Elite Men
14 0:58:32 138 Ron St.John REC Men 50 & Over
15 0:58:44 139 Brian Stockdale Elite Men
16 0:58:55 46 Jack Dyson REC Men 50 & Over
17 0:59:13 13 Travis Baptiste SUP14 Men 17 & Under
18 0:59:16 105 Eddie Ogata SUP14 Men 40 – 49
19 0:59:25 55 Talia Gangini Elite Women
20 0:59:40 20 Devin Blish Elite Women

Complete Results…

May 15, 2011 – OluKai Ho’olaule’a OC1 Race, Top 20 Overall:

Place No. Fname Lname Division Time
1 5 Jimmy Austin Elite Men 47:36.5
2 78 Manny Kulukulualani Elite Men 48:06.4
3 89 Karel Jr. Tresnak Elite Men 48:30.3
4 13 Mael Carey Elite Men 48:45.2
5 79 Kai Bartlett Elite Men 48:56.2
6 80 Felipe Gomes Elite Men 49:14.6
7 77 Kaeo O Kalani Abbey Elite Men 49:31.2
8 94 Tyson Kubo Men 40 – 49 50:07.4
9 88 Kekoa Cramer Men 30 – 39 50:18.2
10 68 Kawika Williams Men 50 & Over 51:11.1
11 67 Asa Ward Men 19 – 29 51:33.3
12 27 Jb Guard Men 30 – 39 51:43.8
13 44 Chad Lima Men 30 – 39 52:01.1
14 22 Rory Frampton Men 40 – 49 52:11.1
15 83 Gregy Pavao Men 40 – 49 52:43.6
16 90 Andrea Moller Elite Women 53:15.4
17 93 Ekolu Kalama Elite Men 53:23.7
18 81 Biggie Lara Men 50 & Over 53:33.8
19 54 Lee Moyers Elite Men 53:54.3
20 41 Keith Keahi Men 30 – 39 54:01.2

Complete Results…

The luau that followed after the SUP races on Saturday was simply over the top. During the musical performance by Paula Fuga, as now becoming tradition; a helicopter hovered over and dropped thousands of plumeria showering the crowd.  The hula dancing and the award ceremony that followed which made for a complete day!  Yours truly got 1st place in the women’s 14ft age division! Whew hoo!

On Monday, after all the excitement The OluKai crew and staff headed deep up into the Honokawai Valley, where they spent the day learning and working the land to help stabilize the rich cultural resources to honor those before us.

This event brought a new meaning in celebrating the ocean and one that will continue to grow and grow.  The Magic of Maliko will now resonate in more hearts than ever as we gather again next year in ohana and ocean adventure.

Mahalo OluKai for making this event even more memorable than the last and bringing to Maui the spirit of giving back.

Suzie Cooney    http://www.suzietrainsmaui.com

To learn more about OluKai go to: http://www.olukai.com/AboutOlukai.aspx  Also check back to here to learn about the Ho’olaule’a soon to air nation wide on and NBC sports broadcast. Check back for date and details

Mormaii Maui Channel Crossing to Molokai Stand Up Paddle Race Results July 11 2010

Congrats to all the finishers and entrants on an exciting and inspiring 27 crossing!

Mormaii – Pailolo Channel Crossing – Standups

Here are some pre race photos taken by Maui Photographer, Simone Reddingius:

Pre Race Maui to Molokai

Pre Race Maui to Molokai

Entering Honolua Bay

Entering Honolua Bay

The Start Honolua Bay

The Start Honolua Bay

Overall Finishers

Place No. Fname Lname Fname 2 Lname 2 Sex Division Time
1 1 Connor Baxter     M ELITE MEN 3:29:02
2 100 Connor Baxter     M UNL M01-19 3:29:03
3 11 Ekolu Kalama     M ELITE MEN 3:30:08
4 9 David Kalama     M ELITE MEN 3:32:25
5 4 Livio Menelau     M ELITE MEN 3:32:58
6 10 Mark Raaptionst     M ELITE MEN 3:37:17
7 5 Scott Trudon     M ELITE MEN 3:42:20
8 204 Andew Mc Gurn Jerry Bell M UNL TEAM MEN 3:44:01
9 2 Jeremy Riggs     M ELITE MEN 3:44:08
10 3 Andrea Moller     F ELITE WOMEN 3:53:20
11 6 Bart De Zwart     M ELITE MEN 3:56:59
12 202 Yves Bouwens Scott Blish M UNL TEAM MEN 3:58:44
13 103 Amir Arbel     M UNL M30-39 3:59:04
14 102 Phil Cregory     M UNL M40-49 4:01:57
15 8 Courtenay Gray     M ELITE MEN 4:02:29
16 101 Kolaiah Jardine     M UNL M30-39 4:03:17
17 13 Kaeo O Kalani Clark     M ELITE MEN 4:07:37
18 203 Devin Blish Jack Dyson M UNL TEAM MEN 4:08:52
19 12 Zane Schweitzer     M ELITE MEN 4:13:05
20 105 Zane Schweitzer     M UNL M01-19 4:13:05
21 201 Randy Strome Chantalle Strome M UNL TEAM MEN 4:26:28
22 222 Donna Raaphorst Jennifer Raaphorst F UNL TEAM WOMEN 4:33:24
23 7 Frananda Ometti     F ELITE WOMEN 4:49:04
24 200 King Look     M UNL TEAM MEN 5:21:01

Results by Pacific Sport Events and Timing
www.pseresults.com  http://pseresults.com/events/230/results

These atheletes are in amazing shape and train hard to compete in an event like this. Time on the water, focus, discipline, cross-training and fine tuning each stroke is what it takes. Core training, strength training and being well hydrated and knowing your body’s limits and when you can push it, also help in an excellent time result.

As a SUP enthusiast, athlete, and fitness specialist I’ve seen the transformations of how specific exercises that include upper body endurance, core training as well as balance training  definitely make a difference in one’s performance. 

Don’t forget to call Kelly Moore of Moore Water Time to get you to down the coast faster and enjoy a cool ride. Kelly, I heard you had a full van for this race!

If I can help you enjoy stand up paddling more, lean you out, or condition your body to pass your competitor at the next event, email me or call me. 

Suzie Cooney, CPT
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Maui’s Elite Fitness Specialist