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This June 3-4, Maui Jim Sunglasses hosted the annual Maui Jim Shootout. The weekend long event is always organized for the opening weekend of the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere. This multi-day event is comprised of 10 individual sprint races and 2 co-ed races in various ocean sports challenges. Events in the competition range from swimming, to SUP (stand up paddleboarding), to open water kayaking and are meant to comprise every main aquatic sport.
Challengers are organized into teams and the majority of races are run solo, with a singular event requiring two contestants. Challengers accumulate points throughout the weekend both on an individual basis as well as for their teams. The team with the highest number of points at the end of the weekend takes home the cash prize, which this year is an enticing $50,000. In addition to a team winning the overall prize, a single Water man and Water woman are crowned for most individual points accumulated throughout the duration of the weekend.
This year’s champions for the overall Water man and Water woman were Travis Grant and Amy Woodward. This brought the titles’ winners back stateside after 2016’s dynamic Aussie duo held the titles prior. The same American champion duo won the exceedingly competitive swim and SUP combined challenge. Throughout the competition they dominated competitors and performed with superhuman stamina.
This year’s events were held on the picturesque Ka’anapali Beach in Maui where athletes from all corners of the globe met to show off their skills. Maui Jim decided to use the same beach as the predictable conditions and incredible scenery make it a perfect background for a competition of this magnitude. If you’re looking for some workout motivation or some inspiration to plan a trip out to Hawaii asap, definitely give the official videos a look.
Aquatic sports are often touted as the best overall workouts to help you tone your body without putting much direct force on your joints. If you’re trying to get a great workout in and want to try something a little different, hop in a pool to swim some laps or try out SUP which has become increasingly popular in recent years. Regardless of what you do, make sure to be safe in the water and always be sun safe!