Team Bradley wins 2012 Na Wahine O Ke Kai

Woman, 30, suffered dislocated shoulder in rough surf

 UPDATED 12:47 PM HST Sep 24, 2012
Na Wahine canoe race

The 34th annual Na Wahine O Ke Kai took place on Sunday.  The 41-mile trek from Molokai to Oahu was conquered by Team Bradley from Maui.

The ladies had to battle through 10-foot waves when they departed the Friendly Isle.  Team Bradley arrived at Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki in 6 hours 14 minutes and 47 seconds, 45 minutes longer than last year's winner.

This is Team Bradley's seventh title in the last eight years.  Bradley finished the trek a full two minutes ahead of defending champion Waikiki Beach Boys from Oahu.

A 30-year-old woman from the Lanikai Canoe Club was injured in this year's race.  She suffered a dislocated shoulder when she was battling the force of the waves while in the water.

The race was last called off because of a warning issued by the Coast Guard in 1980, according to event officials.  Since the Coast Guard did not issue a warning this year, it was up to each crew to decide whether or not to race.

PHOTOS: Rough surf in the 2012 Na Wahine O Ke Kai
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Sherry Tancayo

Na Wahine O Ke Kai crews encountered waves up to 10-feet-high on their trek from Molokai to Oahu on Sunday.


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