America's Cup skipper Spithill tries stand up paddleboarding 

click to enlarge In this Feb. 18, 2013 photo released by Oracle Team USA, skipper Jimmy Spithill goes paddle boarding beneath the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Spithill will trade the thrill of flying across the waves of San Francisco Bay in his high-powered catamaran for the sweat of paddling from one Hawaiian island to another. - AP PHOTO/ORACLE TEAM USA, GUILAIN GRENIER
  • AP Photo/Oracle Team USA, Guilain Grenier
  • In this Feb. 18, 2013 photo released by Oracle Team USA, skipper Jimmy Spithill goes paddle boarding beneath the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Spithill will trade the thrill of flying across the waves of San Francisco Bay in his high-powered catamaran for the sweat of paddling from one Hawaiian island to another.

Always up for a challenge, America's Cup champion Jimmy Spithill will trade the thrill of speeding across the waves of San Francisco Bay aboard his high-performance catamaran for the hard work of paddling from one Hawaiian island to another.

It'll be just Spithill and his board -- and 32 miles of open water -- in the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships on Sunday.

The 34-year-old Australian definitely will have to downshift from the catamaran, which can sail faster than 50 mph, to paddling at 4 to 5 mph.

Spithill jokes that he won't have the help of the big grinders who turn the winches on the America's Cup boats but is eager to push himself in a sport he and some fellow Oracle Team USA sailors took up a year ago.

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