Beach Walk 216 – Breakfast With Champions!

Lucky me, I’m walking the beach with two outrigger canoe champions as we talk about women and sports. It’s not always pretty.

So I met Mindy Clark through videoblogging. I had no idea she was a 10-time Na Wahine O Ke Kai Champion with the well-known Offshore Canoe Club of California! She didn’t race this year, but her protégé Julie did, helping her crew take 1st place in the Masters Division. (And a previous overall 1st place as well!)

Mindy and Julie exuded a wonderful open-hearted energy, which surprised me a bit, until I thought more about it. When a person truly is successful at something, they can relax into their kind selves and leave behind the bickering that occurs so often “on the way to the top.” I couldn’t find a Hawaiian word for “catty.” That made me feel good. Make no mistake these women are tough competitors though.

Mindy Clark’s Outrigger Canoe Video Blog. She’s also featured in the book Moloka’i-Oahu through the Years.

Hawaiian words
Mākonā: mean, cruel
Wahine: woman

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  1. Rox, that was sooo great to see you with Mindy and Julie! they are truly Amazing women! I’ve had the fortune to paddle with them and it is “Magic on the Water”!!! Thanks for all of your great coverage of the Na Wahine O ke Kai … made me feel as though I was a part of it … always in Spirit!!!