New Zealand’s National Ocean Racing Championship once again graces the Surfski World Series on the 7th March 2015, after a hiatus of a few years. International paddling greats have used this event to pick up some much sought after points in order to determine the best marathon distance surfski paddler in the world, and last year’s winner South African Dawid Mocke (3 X World Champion) was no exception.
Want an indication of a popular race? Three months before the 2014 Mauritius Ocean Classic, there were already 100 paddlers entered. Right now, three weeks to go, there are over 150 and entries have closed (apart from anything else there are no more rental skis on the island!) But why is it so popular?
After two weeks of howling trade winds and mountainous seas in the Kaiwi Channel, the 2014 Molokai Challenge is faced with baking temperatures, glassy seas and “winds light and variable”. And that means 52km of an intense challenge of a different kind…
The 2013 Stella Kayaks, Citadel Private Wealthcare Dolphin Coast Challenge was the 14th running of the iconic South African event. Oscar Chalupsky and Matt Bouman paddled together in the new team format, and took the race in a nailbiting finish, outpaddling Hank McGregor and Grant van der Walt who came second. The surf on both days provided plenty of excitement...
The 2013 MOC will run tomorrow, Saturday, 28 June. The race is scheduled to start at 11am but may be pushed out to 12 if the wind is strenthening from the forecast 7-8kt. (It’s ironic of course that the ESE trade winds have been blowing a steady 18-22kt for the last month, and it’s only now during the three day race window that it’s decided to take a break. C’est la vie!)
Oahu, Hawaii - Debate is raging in Hawaii ahead of the Molokai Challenge surfski ultra-marathon this weekend at which Oscar Chalupsky is aiming to win a 13th title, as weather forecasts point to the winds and swell drying up just before the scheduled start at 11am local time on Sunday 19 May.
Durban – Surfski icon Oscar Chalupsky is planning to extend his own record in the tough Molokai Challenge in Hawaii on 19 May by winning his 13th title in the 52km crossing, and in the process explode the myth that athletes cannot remain competitive as they get older.
The monthly paddling magazine show Best 4 Beyond the Paddle is broadcast on SuperSport to its subscriber base and is now partnered by a monthly live web streaming chat show that is designed to compliment the satellite broadcast. Largely talk driven, it features a studio guest and the opportunity for viewers to interact with the studio panel via Twitter Facebook or email. Catch all the details at www.beyondthepaddle.co.za
This video just popped up on Youtube - it's a team Epic Kayaks clip put together to celebrate their achievements (first double; first, second and fifth singles)... Some nice footage, showing what the conditions were like on the day.