Molokai 2 Oahu: Mercer makes it five wins

Jordan Mercer claims record fifth straight win in 52km Channel of Bones crossing
Jordan Mercer in action © Mark Clinton
By Josh Rakic

The swell was non-existent. The currents were unpredictable. And Jordan Mercer hadn’t seen this much chop since the My Kitchen Rules finale. But regardless, the 22-year-old Noosa product powered to her toughest Molokai 2 Oahu win yet and claimed her fifth straight victory in the process.

No prone paddler - knees or lying flat - in the 19-year history of the 52km Hawaiian event has been so dominant. And having made history last year with four consecutive wins, Jordie made sure yesterday that her name would stand in the record books for years to come after powering to yet another victory.

With her immediate family and friends waiting at the Waikiki finish fine, Jordie had to overcome the toughest conditions in five years of contesting the event to score her most rewarding and painful win yet. “I was in a lot of pain,” Jordie told reporters post race.

It was my fifth win but the hardest challenge I’ve put my body through for sure. The conditions… they just went from bad to worse. I tried to stay positive but with not much wind and unusual currents, there were no runners or little waves to give me that momentum. It was all arms.

“It was also super choppy and that always means hard work. It was a grind the whole way.” For the first time in recent memory, it left the surf ironwoman questioning whether she would defend her title for a fifth time in 2016. She admitted the race nearly broke her. But considered one of the toughest competitors in sport, there’s little doubt that once the pain subsides and the victory sets in, that Jordie will want to go back next year.

Hell, at 22 years of she has the potential to dominate the race well into the next decade. But for now, she’s earned a well-deserved rest as she contemplates pursuing another dream - big wave surfing.

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