Waves and ridges
Hawaii’s adventure pedigree starts with the hammering surf that first inspired man to try and ride the waves. Today there are multiple spots around all the major islands but it’s Oahu’s fabled North Shore that draws in even non-surfers on epic winter days. There they gawp at the exploits of those brave enough to try and ride glassy tubes that can be eight metres or more. In more recent years, Hawaii has built a tradition around triathlon, becoming the home of the Ironman World Championship. To that you can now add the Xterra Trail Run World Championship, held at the end of 2017 at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu. In movie-set surroundings – Kualoa’s steep, lushly vegetated ridges have been seen in various movies – 1,230 trail runners took on a 21-km course. Joseph Gray (USA) took the title for the third time, just ahead of countryman Sage Canaday, with Wong Ho Chung (shown here) of Hong Kong finishing eighth overall, the only Asian runner in the top ten.