Father and daughter paddleboard from Molokai to Oahu for a good cause
A father daughter duo have decided to paddleboard from Molokai to O'ahu -- for a good reason, Paddle For Hunger.
Kirk and Baily Fritz sat down with Good Morning Hawaii for a Q & A on the event.
Q: Why 'Paddle for hunger', how did this concept come about?
A "I fell in love with 'M2O', the Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard World Championships last year as a member of a three-man relay team. The entire way across the Kaiwi Channel, I was thinking of our five children, their love for the ocean, and the way they thrive when a little sporting competition comes into play. I also realized that it has to be more than a personal challenge. It has to be for a good cause. Hawaii food bank provides two and half meals for every donated dollar, and serves over 13 million meals per year," Kirk said.
Q: Bailey, how old are you and what do think of the challenge of paddling from one island to another?
A: "I have taken a balanced approach to training which includes swimming, strength training, keeping up with my dance classes and of course, a lot of prone paddling. My siblings and I are very blessed to have food on the table everyday, so it is an honor to paddle for hunger and raise money for Hawaii Food Bank," Bailey said.
Q: Kirk, tell me about the "M2O", this event is unique to Hawaii?
A: "M2O is a 32 mile race across the Kaiwi Channel which is also known as the 'Channel of Bones' and over 2000 feet deep! Race divisions include unlimited prone (over 12'), stock prone (12'), standup paddle and the new foil board division. We are keeping it traditional with a stock prone board and will trade off about every thirty minutes. I will take the start leg and bailey get to cross the finish line in Hawaii Kai," said Kirk.
Q: How's your fund raising going so far and how can people support your paddle for hunger campaign?
A: "Our goal is $5,000 which will provide 12,500 meals, and we have raised about $3,000 so far. You can text sup2 (support us paddling) to 71777 to receive the link to our designated Hawaii Food Bank donation page, or they can send checks directly to the Hawaii Food Bank and in the memo section put paddle for hunger,'" said Bailey.
The Paddle for Hunger Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard World Championship takes place Sunday, July 28.