Bluesmiths Paddle Imua
Every year approximately 200 ocean athletes race 10 miles along Maui’s North Shore for the benefit of children with special needs. The community event, known as the Bluesmiths Paddle Imua, is will celebrate its sixth year tomorrow on May 6th. Not only do the conditions look promising for a lively trip down the Maliko Run, Bluesmiths is formally welcoming two additional craft – Hydro Foil SUP and Sail Boats – to the lineup.
The new craft will join stand up paddlers, prone paddleboarders, and multiple configurations of outrigger canoes to raise money for children with special needs.
Paddle Imua creates a physical embodiment of the Hawaiian word Imua (‘to move forward’) which comes from references to the water and paddling. Paddle Imua is literally meant to help move Camp Imua forward for many years to come, by providing ongoing funding to support the program and continually expand and improve it. One of the unique aspects of this competition on Maui is that the competitors are also given the opportunity to interact with the special needs children of Camp Imua at the finish of the race, giving them valuable exposure to water sports and inspiration to live out their dreams.
Race Date, Time and Location: Saturday May 6, 2017. Race starts at 1 p.m. at Maliko Gulch. Check-in and registration opens at 10 a.m. Shuttle services will be offered by Moore Watertime. Please contact them directly to reserve and pay for your spot: www.moorewatertimemaui.com. Spaces are limited.
Race is open to paddle disciplines in: Stand-up Paddle, OC1, OC2, OC6, Surf Ski and Prone Paddleboard. New Hydrofoil SUP and Laser Sailboat classes added in 2017!
Race Course: The race starts at Maliko Gulch and follows Maui’s North Shore to Kahului Harbor. The downwind race is just about 9 miles. The actual finish line is on the beach directly fronting Hawaiian Canoe Club. Contestants will jump off their board or canoe and run through the shoot to complete the race.
Eligibility: Open to men and women of all ages. Racers under 18-years of age must have their parent/legal guardian sign their waiver and liabilities form. We reserve the right to refuse participation to entrants for any reason we deem necessary.
Learn more or donate at PaddleImua.com