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I just returned from a little Jalbert family get together in Oregon. It was great to see family and Oregon is a beautiful place in its own right, but it is always nice to touch down in Kahului airport. The cooling tradewinds were particularly welcoming after experiencing record heat in Portland.

Thought I would start back on a lighter note on the blog. I have had a few posts on the blog about the sport of Stand Up Paddle Surfing. One of my blog posts was even picked up as an article in the Australian paddle sports publication Kanu Kulture. Yesterday, Maui held the inaugural Maui International Paddleboard Race. The race featured conventional paddleboarding where competitors paddle on their knees or in a prone position as well as Stand Up Paddle Surfing. It sounds like there were good numbers represented on the stand up paddle side. The event drew over 100 participants. The winner of the race was the world’s best paddle surfer Jamie Mitchell of Australia and famous Maui waterman Dave Kalama came in second. The Maui News had a brief writeup and pictures while the race site had a complete list of results.

While it is safe to say Mitchell and Kalama don’t have too much to worry about, the Jalbert brothers hope to be participants in next years event.

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