Murray Saul, Glen Lawrence, Dan McCabe and Kim Chappel are off to Hawaii for the 52km Molokai surf ski race.
Murray Saul, Glen Lawrence, Dan McCabe and Kim Chappel are off to Hawaii for the 52km Molokai surf ski race.

Paddlers set sights on Hawaii

JUST getting to the starting line of the prestigious 52km Molokai surf ski race in Hawaii is an expensive business.

For four Byron Bay Surf Club members it adds up to about $2000 each, plus air fares and accommodation.

They have to pay an entry fee as well as paying to hire surf skis – it’s too expensive to take their own – and also support boats.

But Dan McCabe, who along with Glen Lawrence, Murray Saul and Kim Chappel, will tackle the ‘Mt Everest’ of ocean paddling, says they are pretty excited about the challenge.

To get ready for the event, they have been paddling around 150km a week, including a recent 33km paddle from the Missingham Bridge at Ballina to Byron Bay and a 45km paddle last Saturday from Kingscliff to the Bay.

All four are top-flight paddlers, but they are under no illusions about the task in front of them.

Depending on the conditions on the day, they could be paddling for more than four hours.

“It will be hard,” said Dan. “A lot of guys don’t finish.”

The four will be flying out on May 11 with the paddle set down for May 17.

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