This week in Technique with Travis, we’re going to have a brief chat about SUP racing strategy, and what to do to get the very best out of your training when it’s time to compete.

Travis of course is no stranger to competition himself, having numerous big titles on his name, and coming in third last weekend at the prestigious OluKai Ho’olaule’a on Maui:

The OluKai is a perfect distance for elite level athletes, but it isn’t too long for the intermediate either. This is why it is a perfect race for accomplished watermen and not just the best of the best. You do need to bring your A-game though, and being a seasoned open ocean downwind racer is going to determine how well you do. With Molokai being the bigger race by now, OluKai is usually a Hawaiian-only affair with the very best locals snagging up some valuable points. Having local knowledge and a solid racing strategy should pay off here.

With a one-day delay because of bad weather and less wind than expected, the race eventually took place on Sunday. With little wind to carry the paddlers, the advantage on the first 6 miles of the course was in strength rather than downwind skills. But to make it through the last part through massive swell required a lot of heart and a stroke of luck for the finishing athletes.

Full results below the article.

Race Strategy Technique

Also in this how-to series:

Technique with Travis – Choosing your SUP fins
Technique with Travis – Recessed decks and what does it do? (scroll down)
Technique with Travis – How to do fast beach starts

Main Takeaways

#1

Practice falling off your board and getting back on quickly to prepare for unexpected situations.

#2

Learn to control the internal processes like breathing and develop a focus on efficiency and speed.

#3

Plan ahead and visualize your race before an event. We recommend joining Paddlemonster.com to learn how to properly prepare for a race.

FULL ELITE MENS SUP RESULTS

1 Connor Baxter 1:12:50 Hawaii Open
2 James Casey 1:14:45 Australia Open
3 Travis Grant 1:15:35 Australia Open
4 Ty Judson 1:15:50 Australia Open
5 Matt Nottage 1:18:41 Australia Open
6 Josh Riccio 1:21:00 USA Open
7 Nathan Cross 1:23:46 Australia Open
8 Ryan Funk 1:24:00 USA Open
9 Noah Garfield 1:26:44 Hawaii Open
10 John Hadley 1:34:28 USA Open
11 Robert Stehlik 1:36:22 Hawaii Open
12 John Walsh 1:37:58 Hawaii 40+
13 Livio Menelau 1:39:53 Brazil Open
14 Bojan Bernard 1:40:10 Hawaii 50+
15 Hans Wannemacher 1:43:10 New Zealand Open
16 Jordan Hetrick 1:43:59 USA 40+
17 Kyle Ellison 1:44:30 Hawaii Open
18 Ben Chalmers 1:44:51 Australia 40+
19 Alex Mawae 1:44:54 Hawaii Junior
20 Adam Schell 1:45:15 Canada Open
21 Brian Fishbook 1:45:50 Canada 40+
22 Zane Saenz 1:46:59 USA Junior
23 Ron St. John 1:47:51 USA 50+
24 Masao Fukayama 1:52:39 Japan 40+
25 Kelso Offenbaker 1:55:00 New Zealand 40+
26 Brandon McCormick 1:56:46 USA 40+
27 Geoff James 1:58:12 50+
28 Zoltan Bazso 1:58:15 40+
29 Samuel Shnider 1:58:47 40+
30 Searay Beltran 2:07:15 50+
31 Kadu De Siqueira 2:11:05 Open
32 Anderson Gallagher 2:17:06 Junior
33 Jacob Bick 2:17:38 50+
34 James Williams 2:23:37 60+
35 Karl Wannemacher 2:25:22 60+
36 Joe Woodman 2:25:46 50+
37 Fred Andersen 2:26:25 60+
38 Nathan Smith 2:35:52 Open

FULL ELITE WOMENS SUP RESULTS

1 Sonni Honscheid 1:27:36 Germany Open
2 Penelope Strickland 1:33:18 New Zealand Open
3 Annie Reickert 1:33:48 Hawaii Junior
4 Yuka Sato 1:35:46 Japan Open
5 Jade Howson 1:36:39 USA Junior
6 Laura Quetglas 1:44:23 Spain Open
7 Shanna Upton 1:51:31 Hawaii 40+
8 Natali Fon 1:59:11 USA 50+
9 Elizabeth Campos 2:08:02 USA 40+
10 Wendy Tillett 2:13:00 Canada 50+
11 Erika Lane 2:13:14 USA 40+
12 Nadia Murrell 2:14:27 New Zealand Open
13 Sharlene Griffen 2:33:43 New Zealand 40+
14 Janine Walther 2:36:53 Germany Open