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Xcel and the University of Hawai’i Cancer Center are excited to announce the Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer, a standup paddle race along the iconic Waikiki shoreline to raise awareness for skin cancer.
The first-time event - Saturday, February 9, 2013 - is the latest initiative in the ongoing partnership between Xcel and the UHCC to fight skin cancer in Hawai’i and beyond.
Designed to encourage paddlers of all levels to participate for the cause, the Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer is a short, fast sprint course following the popular Waikiki Roughwater Swim, with racers beginning at Kaimana Beach and paddling just outside of Waikiki’s world-famous surf spots to the finish at Duke Kahanamoku Beach.
Finish line festivities include free skin cancer screenings by the Hawaii Skin Cancer Coalition; prize drawings for racers, and an awards presentation for the top three finishers in each division (men’s and women’s; unlimited, 14’, and 12’6” and under).
Racers that pre-register by Thursday, January 31 are guaranteed an event t-shirt. All race finishers will also receive entry into the prize drawing for big-ticket items donated by event sponsors, with prizes including:
- A 2-night, ocean view stay at the Parc Waikiki hotel
- iBlowfish inflatable surfboard and SUP paddle by C4 Waterman
- SUP board by Surftech
- North Shore surf/SUP guided day tour and personal surf/SUP video package courtesy of Ty Gurney Surf School and 83 East Video Productions
- Sunglasses from Maui Jim
- Prize packs and gift certificates from Island Sole, Kona Red, and Vertra
Always a good time, C4's multi-paddler SUPzilla, the world's largest stand up paddleboard, will also make an appearance.
Presented by the UHCC, the Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer is generously supported by event sponsors including the Friends of the University of Hawai’i Cancer Center, Standup Paddle Magazine, the Waikiki Parc Hotel, Surftech, Kona Red, Vertra, Island Sole, C4 Waterman, Ty Gurney Surf School, and 83 East Productions. Hawaiian Water Patrol will provide world-class water safety. Timing and online registration will be provided by Pacific Sports Events and Timing.
Download the entry form here. Or, register online using the link below.
Xcel Race Against Skin Cancer Schedule of Events
- 8:00 – 9:30am: Check in and on-site registration
- 9:45am: Safety briefing
- 10:00am: Race start
- Finish Line: Awards presentation, prize drawings, free skin cancer screenings, and more
Recognized globally and trusted locally, Xcel is a core wetsuit brand engineering innovative product for all conditions. Founded in 1982 on the North Shore of O’ahu, Hawai’i, Xcel draws upon its authentic watersports heritage and technical design expertise to deliver superior quality, construction, and fit.
About the University of Hawai’i Cancer Center
The University of Hawaii Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated center in Hawaii and the Pacific. The Center’s mission is to reduce the burden of cancer through research, education and patient care with an emphasis on the unique ethnic, cultural and environmental characteristics of Hawaii and the Pacific. To learn more, please visit uhcancercenter.org.