Older brother, younger brother; younger brother, older brother – if you weren’t a sibling you weren’t on the podium! The South African brothers dominated in Canada this weekend – too bad Teneale Hatton, winner of the women’s race, didn't have a sister there…
San Franciso: The following announcement appeared yesterday on the US Surfski Champs Facebook page: "We regretfully have decided to Postpone this year's Event. Those of you that have registered will be receiving an email shortly and all registration fees will be fully refunded."
On 23 August, 2014, the inaugural Canadian Surfski Champs was held in coastal British Columbia, one week after the US Surfski Champs in San Francisco, attracting the top 8 finishers as well as Hank McGregor, who flew out from South Africa for the event.
As they raced under the Golden Gate Bridge, Dawid Mocke and Simon van Gysen were neck and neck, charging towards the Fenn Hotspot and its $1,000 reward. The last time they’d raced, in Spain, van Gysen had pulled away and won.
For 10 years, the US Surfski Championships has been held in the spectacularly windy waters of San Francisco Bay. From the very first event, it was clear to anyone that followed surfski paddling that was world-class venue, with all the ingredients necessary to entice international competitors and local aficionados alike.
Covering the distance of 52km from Kaluakoi resort on the beautiful island of Molokai across the open water of the Kaiwi Channel to Hawaii Kai Town Center on the island of Oahu, this is Molokai, arguably the most prestigious single event in surfski paddling.
Yep, it’s that time of year again when all eyes turn to the long range forecast for the Kaiwi Channel. Will it be the raging open ocean downwind mayhem that made this race famous, or a hot, oily-calm killer? It’s a massive challenge either way.