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Surftech Athletes Dominate 2014 Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championship

Posted on August 4, 2014 - Filed Under Surftech Boards | By


Surftech Athletes Dominate 2014 Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championship

Surftech team members Jack Bark and Carter Graves take the Men’s and Women’s stock paddleboard world championships
HONOLULU, HI – JULY 30, 2014 

Surftech athletes Jack Bark (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) and Carter Graves (Coronado, CA) won the prestigious Molokai 2 Oahu paddleboard World Championships this past weekend in Hawaii in commanding fashion shattering world records and dominating the field. Bark, Graves and 3rd place finisher Zeb Walsh (Victoria, AUS) were all on stock Surftech Bark Commanders. The event was the 18th running of the race and athletes this year were treated to 6-10 foot seas and a prevailing easterly wind making the course extremely challenging as well as very fast.

Jack Bark '14 PB World ChampThe win was the second world championship for Bark who was battling teammate Walsh throughout the grueling race. In the end, Bark shattered the existing world record by over 14 minutes with a time of 5:12:35. The pack was extremely tight for the first 24 miles of the race and then began to spread as the group neared Oahu.


For Graves the victory was exceptionally sweet since this was her very first crossing of the Ka’iwi channel. The 22-year-old lifeguard was overwhelmed by emotion as she crossed the finish line in 6:14:41, was showered in champagne by teammates Bark and Walsh on the beach. This is Graves first world championship.


Carter Graves stock paddleboard world champion

With so many records being broken, equipment was the talk of the day especially with the large number of Surftech Bark Paddleboards on the water and the overwhelming performance of all the athletes who were racing them. Both winners as well as over 50% of the field were competing on the new Surftech Bark Commander, the first time the sport has seen a single brand and design so dominant. The boards were designed by Joe Bark and are production boards that are available to all athletes at their local board sports shops.

12′ Bark Commander by Joe Bark


The collaboration between Bark and Surftech began years ago bringing together innovative designs and state of the art construction technology to create superior Paddleboards and Stand Up Paddleboards. The 2015 Bark Surftech line includes high performance race, downwind, touring, paddleboards and many other new boards which will be presented to the public at the Outdoor Retailer trade show August 6-9 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.








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