Kai Lenny winning the Naish Maliko race

Kai Lenny - SUP Champion
The 7th annual Naish Paddle Championships were held on Sunday, July 22nd on Maui, with plenty of the world's best SUP racers tackling the prestigious Maliko Downwind Run. 220 competitors took on the course with Naish's riders scoring big!

All-round waterman, Kai Lenny was in top form. Despite the wind not behaving like its usual summer self, Kai dug deep on his Javelin 14'0" LE and made history by being the first SUP to the beach at 1:05:22- beating all the Unlimited class racers who came in seconds and minutes behind him.

Kody Kerbox, also on his Javelin 14'0" LE, placed third in the 14' class as did Naish's Michi Schweiger in the 12'6" class, and Naish Brazil's Luis "Animal" Guida came in third in the Unlimited class. For the women, it was Naish team rider Karen Wrenn who took the podium in the Unlimited class, Naish's Julia Schweiger in the 12'6" class, and Germany's Sonni Hoenscheid placed second in the 14' class.

The rest of Team Naish - including Jerry Bess, Chuck Patterson, Ridge Lenny, Tucker Ingalls, Yoshi Nagamatsu, Suzie Cooney also took top podium places In their respective age classes. Well done Team!

Stay tuned for the upcoming Molokai2Oahu race and the Turtle Bay Summer Paddle presented by Naish in August.

See lots more photos here.

Photo credits: Jimmie Hepp and jdphotofairy