BLUESMITHS' Ambassador Sonni Hönscheid Wins The 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championship Race

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We’ve been working with Sonni Hönscheid since before Bluesmiths launched. During that time, Sonni has had winning The Molokai 2 Oahu Championships in her sights. She has been training hard and waiting patiently for this moment. On Sunday, July 27th 2014, the years of effort finally paid off when she was crowned the 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Champion!

Photo Courtesy: Mike Jucker / StandUpMagazin

The Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard Race, known as “The Molokai”, is a 32-mile grueling open-ocean crossing where the world’s top paddlers and ocean adventurers race from Molokai to Oahu in a bid to crown the world champion. As even the finest and most resilient ocean athletes are aware, the achievement of simply completing the crossing cannot be understated. For even the best, this crossing is not a given.

Known as the “Channel of Bones”, The Kaiwi Channel is one of the most treacherous and notorious channels in the world. It has claimed many ocean crafts and many lives over the years. Relentless trade winds combine with strong currents and huge open-ocean swells to create the perfect challenge for the downwind paddler. Throw in some active deep-water marine life and one can be sure that no two Molokai crossings are ever the same.

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This was Sonni’s third Molokai. In 2012 she paddled in the three person relay with Bluesmiths' Founder John Smalley. According John to, who got badly seasick on the crossing, “Sonni carried more than her fair share of my paddle. After that race, our crew had no doubt that Sonni had the ability to win this outright.” Fast forward to 2013 and her first solo crossing where Sonni finished third, setting the scene for 2014. 

Photo Courtesy: Mike Jucker / StandUpMagazin

In 2014, Sonni entered the competition confident but knowing she had her work cut out. She’s one of the politest, most respectful and most understated athletes there is. She openly aware and respectful about just how potent her fellow competitors are. Knowing this, one might be forgiven for being surprised to hear of her win. But that would not do her justice.

Sonni is a twelve times German surf champion, a two times SUP world champion and she hails from a pedigree of ocean pioneering: Sonni’s father was extremely instrumental in early windsurfing developments in Hawaii and Europe and her entire family is immersed in surfing, SUP and windsurfing.

On Sunday, Sonni took a different line during the race. It was a calculated gamble. She paddled alone for much of the race (something which admittedly concerned her), but the move paid off as the paddlers converged near the end of the course at China Walls.

After a great finishing battle with Jenny Kalmbach, an incredible athlete from Big Island, Sonni crossed the line first.

Photo: Bluesmiths

Photo Courtesy: Chris Parker / SUP Racer

Photo: Bluesmiths

This is what Sonni had to say:

"Since my first Maliko Run on a stand-up board where I saw Mark [Raaphorst] and Livio [Menelau] gliding fast down the coast, I wanted to paddle the Molokai channel. For me, winning The Molokai 2 Oahu  is like a dream come true. I can't quite believe it" 

We’re so blessed to have Sonni as a friend and as a key member of the Bluesmiths development crew.

Photo Courtesy: Mike Jucker / StandUpMagazin

Huge congratulations to Sonni Hönscheid: 2014 Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Champion. Congratulations also to the rest of the Bluesmiths Crew and to Jimmy Spithill, Oracle Team USA Skipper, whose crossing we will be reporting on very soon.

Aloha,

BLUESMITHS

 

Learn what Sonni helped build: The Kanaha Hydrophobic Sun Protective Shirt

 

WIRED Magazine: Relying on BLUESMITHS Hydrophobic Shirts in the Backcountry

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Awesome to be featured in WIRED magazine this month. Kirk Deeter relied on our Hydrophobic Kanaha shirt for his river adventure.

Its breathability meant he didn't overheat and the hydrophobic properties kept him sharp and focussed.  Like Kirk says- "it's how you manage wetness that separates  the contenders from the pretenders in the backcountry." We agree. That's we build hydrophobic clothing. That's we pioneered the use of Schoeller of Switzerland's  NanoSphere in knitted garments. NanoSphere is the best performing and most durable water repellent fabric finish we have ever tested.

Read the WIRED article here.

Learn more or buy Bluesmiths hydrophobic shirts here here: The Lane: Men's Short Sleeved. The Kanaha: Men's Long Sleeved . The Women's Kanaha: Women's Long Sleeved.

Mahalo WIRED Magazine and Kirk Deeter!

 

 

BLUESMITHS Hydrophobic Shirt makes BEST SUMMER TECH FOR THE BEACH - SHAPE Magazine

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This is awesome news. Our one-of-a-kind, world's first NanoSphere finished Hydrophobic Shirt just made SHAPE Magazine's essentials list: BEST SUMMER TECH FOR THE BEACH.

Read the feature here: SHAPE MAGAZINE

Whether you are cycling, surfing, sailing, kiting or stand-up paddling (SUP), this garment likely has a place in your wardrobe. There really is nothing like anywhere else. It not only breathes incredibly well thanks to the ultra-high performance knit, but it also stays dry as possible for as long as possible thanks to NanoSphere. NanoSphere is the best performing water repellent fabric technology we have ever tested. The result of all this: a totally new class of garment.

The key ingredients: Technology from Switzerland, built in Canada after rigorous design and testing at our base in Maui, Hawaii

To learn more or buy, click HERE.

To learn more about NanoSphere from Schoeller of Switzerland see below:

 

Thanks to the crew at SHAPE!

Aloha,

BLUESMITHS, Maui

BLUESMITHS SPARTAN SHORTS WIN ACTIVE JUNKY BADASS GEAR AWARD

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“Investment-grade” .... "truly tailored fit and style beyond comparison."

This is what the gear gurus at the Active Junky determined when they tested our tailored Spartan Board Shorts and awarded them the BADASS GEAR SUMMER 2014 AWARD. See what the Active Junky has to say here

Big thanks to the guys there for testing our gear.

 

Mahalo and aloha,

BLUESMITHS

VERSATILE GEAR IS WHAT WE BUILD: THE GEAR CASTER NAMES OUR KANAHA OCEAN SHIRT AS A “MOUNTAIN BIKE ESSENTIAL”

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Another reminder of just how versatile and hard-working Bluesmiths gear is: our Kanaha Hydrophobic Shirt has just been named one of The Gear Caster’s Nine Mountain Bike Essentials – “the Schoeller NanoSphere hydrophobic coating means this shirt repels dirt, dust, and rain. What could possibly be more useful than that for multi-day desert or early season Pacific Northwest riding?” It is also available for Men.

Pair it with the Spartan shorts like we do when we hit the bike here in Maui and the rain showers are threatening – you can ride for hours and come home dry and happy. We’re stoked to be recognized by such a respected tester as Amy Jurries at The Gear Caster – she really know her stuff and hers is one of Outside Magazine’s top 7 Best Gear Websites.

 

Click to READ THE FULL REVIEW.

Click to LEARN MORE ABOUT OR BUY THE WOMENS KANAHA OCEAN SHIRT.

 

Demand has been high for this product. More inventory is arriving this month. Check back for updates. Sign up or email us for notification – sales@bluesmiths.com

 

Aloha,

BLUESMITHS

Maui, Hawaii

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