The Maui Jim Ocean Shootout presented by Maui Jim Sunglasses is a unique two-day ocean event comprised of 10 individual sprint races and 2 co-ed relay races in multi-disciplined events.
Sprint races (~5-7 min each) took place in the waters of Ka’anapali Beach fronting the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel on June 3&4, 2017.
Participants competed in a series of individual races culminating in points over the two days for a $50,000 prize purse, the largest in the world of its kind.
Throughout the Ocean Shootout, teams and individuals competed in a wide range of international and Hawaiian-style competitive ocean sports, including sprint races in five major disciplines: surf-ski, OC-1, SUP, paddleboard and swimming.
A record number of over 100 participants tested their skills and challenged themselves in a series of individual races accumulating points over the two-days in their respective divisions. The Maui Jim Ocean Shootout is both a sprint and endurance race built into one event. Each of the 10 races are short distance sprints, but collectively by the end of each day, the participants needed to dig down to find their endurance to place well in the overall rankings.
This year again included the Team division and medley relays. Each competitor’s individual accrued points over the weekend was applied toward their Team points that was tracked throughout the competition. Top three teams earned prizes, and an Overall Waterman and Waterwoman was crowned after the Waterman Challenge final race.
With a deep heritage rooted in its home of Maui, the brand is proud to donate all event proceeds to five local charities including: Hale Makua Health Services, Imua Family Services, Women Helping Women, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, and the Maui County Junior Lifeguard Program.
Mark your calendar for next year’s Maui Jim Ocean Shootout set for Sat/Sun June 2&3, 2018 fronting the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel on Ka’anapali Beach, Maui. For full event rules, a race course map, accommodations, and a detailed schedule, visit MauiJimOceanShootout.com.
The Ocean Shootout is also the premier event in the newly launched Maui Jim Ocean Racing Series (MaJORS), which includes eight weekend events across four Hawaiian Islands. For more information on the MaJORS, visit http://mauijimmajors.com/.
By Dolan Eversole