Waves and ridges

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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.

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