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In 2008, the challenge became about the canoes and its paddlers. Solo craft Molokai Channel crossings were raced predominantly by surfskis up until the early 1990's. This trend quickly changed when single-man canoes evolved allowing paddlers to embrace a new level of competition. By using the single-man canoe as a training tool, paddlers could attain higher levels of fitness and ocean skills which were transferred to six-man canoe racing. The single-man canoe made its mark and paddlers naturally sought after ocean conditions that were righteous enough to deem a champion. So evolved the Kaiwi Solo. A race that tests the will of anyone, showcasing the single-man canoe and the athletes who embrace paddling and its progressive culture.
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