Written by: Matt Chebatoris
Founder of SUP Examiner
This past month, Travis Grant accomplished a lifelong dream by winning the prestigious Molokai to Oahu OC-1 race – widely considered the world title of open ocean OC-1 racing. His victory came during one of the most competitive fields of men’s OC-1 paddlers in recent years, most notably a strong contingent of young Tahitian paddlers looking to leave their mark on the world stage. His winning time of 4 hours, 10 minutes and 22 seconds places him in an elite fraternity of paddlers who have been met with victory as they battled their way across the Kaiwi Channel on the OC-1 and elevated him to the unique status of being the only male athlete to win Molokai to Oahu on multiple watercraft!
From the beginning of his paddling career, Travis has shown an aptitude and preference for open water racing. Molokai to Oahu is a race unlike few no other and necessitates athletes possess the right combination of skill and mental fortitude. Travis has twice won the elite channel crossing on a stand up paddleboard – first winning in 2013 and then again in 2015. He is one of the hardest working athletes in the Quickblade Family and regularly returns to his full time job doing boat canvas work within a day or two after competing in events around the world.
I’ve always said good things to come to good people. And no more does that ring true with then with Travis. He is just a good all round bloke that works hard ,trains hard and has fun. Travis deserves all the success in the world and i’ll go out on a Limb and say 2016 will no doubt be the best year of his life with fulfilling a childhood dream of winning the Molokai OC1 Race and then the greatest day is yet to come with the birth of his 1st child. So get ready mate.. The best is yet to come…
Travis uses the Quickblade Trifecta when paddling SUP – a paddle he helped design – and won his first Molokai to Oahu using an early prototype of the widely acclaimed paddle. When paddling outrigger canoes, Travis favors the Quickblade V Drive 111. The V Drive 111 is derived from the famous V Drive SUP paddle, but with a larger blade for the outrigger community.
- To learn more about the Quickblade Trifecta visit: The Trifecta
- To learn more about the Quickblade V Drive 111 and our selection of top performing outrigger paddles visit: QB Outrigger Paddles
The entire Quickblade Family would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Travis Grant on his Molokai to Oahu OC-1 victory. We truly appreciate everything you do to represent us on and off the water and look forward to supporting you in the years to come.
We would like to acknowledge each of Travis’ sponsors, all of which played an important role in making his dream of winning the Molokai to Oahu OC-1 race come true:
|Kamanu Composites||Maui Jim||PaddlePower Trainer||NSP||OluKai|
|KonaRed||Kona Brewing Co.||UB Super||Patagonia||PA’A Hawaii|