Where in the world is Squamish? It’s in British Colombia, Canada, just north of the border with the USA.
Saturday’s race was the third of the annual events and Sean Rice, winner of the previous two races was on hand to defend his title… Could he make it three of three? Defending champion Teneale Hatton was odds-on favourite to win the women's category.
The top contenders in Canada were the South Africans: the Mocke brothers and the Rice brothers – fresh from the NELO Summer Challenge where Dawid Mocke, Sean Rice and Jasper Mocke had come 2nd, 4th and 5th respectively while Kenny Rice had come in a disappointing 10th.
Aussie Mackenzie Hynard was also in the mix; he’d beaten Kenny Rice in Portugal, coming 8th.
This race is nothing if not picturesque. Starting at Porteau Cove, the course takes the paddlers 2km out side on to wind and waves to a buoy in the middle of Howe Sound. From there, they turn sharp right, downwind for 10km to Watts Point and then another 5km or so and into Squamish Harbor.
Downwind conditions are usually excellent – but tides and currents add an unpredictable element in the constricted waterway.
Canadian Surfski Championships Race Course
Defending Champion Sean Rice blasted away at the start. “My plan was to have a crack at the hotspot,” laughed Dawid Mocke. “But Sean put that to bed! Wasn’t going to happen!”
Sean Rice wins the $1000 Think Hotspot - by miles
But when they turned the corner, the four men found themselves in familiar conditions.
“There were small bumps off the bat,” said Dawid. “It felt like a mellow reverse Buffels run at home – same temperature water, similar waves.
“Jasper and I train on that run all the time,” he added. “And you what it’s like: when we do training paddles together, it’s always a race!”
“I wasn’t expecting to pull away,” Dawid went on. “I just wanted to make the others work hard.
“Jasper took a very inside line,” he explained. “He also wanted to go for the hotspot, but also pulled back when Sean took off.”
Dawid Mocke leads Sean and Kenny Rice with Jasper Mocke on an inshore line
Twenty minutes into the race, Dawid “got in a great sequence of waves”, and created a 40m lead.
“In those conditions,” he explained, “even a small lead is significant, because the guys following have to pull over each wave to make ground on you.”
From there he “worked on one or two more”, and when he next looked around he’d extended his lead to 100m.
“The best thing for me was that we’d worked out the race plan a couple of days before. It’s so important to have a plan. I was able to manage the lead, and race to the plan.”
The sea flattened out a Watts Point, but Dawid used the slingshot effect of the current and pushed hard to make the most of it.
Dawid Mocke slingshots around Watt's Point with Kenny Rice and Jasper Mocke following
“The biggest threat at that point,” Dawid said, “was that Kenny and Jasper had come together and were pushing each other.
“Now it was game of cat and mouse – any of those three (including Sean) can chase you down.”
The runs built up again over the last three km before the paddlers headed into the river but even then, Dawid said, “there was still a bump you could work.”
“Jasper had a great race, especially considering how far back he was.
“Coming into the river he was closing in fast. Another 500m and he might have had me,” Dawid said.
In the end Dawid beat Jasper by a mere 18sec, with Kenny Rice coming in just under a minute later. Sean Rice and Mackenzie Hynard were fourth and fifth respectively.
Defending women’s champion, New Zealander Teneale Hatton had a relatively stress-free run to claim the title for the second year running.
Teneale Hatton, dicing with Jan Malherbe
“With such a spread out field, it was hard to judge where I was,” she said.
Local knowledge from last year’s race was helpful, but she didn’t find much assistance from the waves. “It was tough racing conditions,” she said, “but mostly a hard slog!
“I just had to stay on top of my work for 21km,” she added.
“I was stoked to take the win today!”
Fellow New Zealander Rachel Clarke came in second with local Tamlyn Bohm third.
(L-R) Rachel Clarke, Teneale Hatton and Tamlyn Bohm
Fantastic Venue, Fantastic Hosts
“Squamish is a fantastic venue,” enthused Dawid Mocke. “It’s lovely little town, and a highly dynamic outdoor place. And the Vancouver people are fantastic hosts.”
|Place||Name||Category||Age||Time||Difference||% Winning||Pace (km / hour)|
|1||Mocke, Dawid||Open Male||38||1:22:09.4||-||100%||14.8|
|2||Mocke, Jasper||Open Male||31||1:22:27.8||+0:18.4||99.63%||14.7|
|3||Rice, Kenny||Open Male||20||1:23:25.9||+1:16.5||98.47%||14.5|
|4||Rice, Sean||Open Male||26||1:24:38.4||+2:29.0||97.07%||14.3|
|5||Hynard, Mackenzie||Open Male||21||1:26:30.7||+4:21.3||94.97%||14.0|
|Place||Name||Category||Age||Time||Difference||% Winning||Pace (km / hour)|
|1||Hatton, Teneale||Open Female||26||1:30:40.4||-||100%||13.4|
|2||Clarke, Rachel||Open Female||26||1:32:59.0||+2:18.6||97.52%||13.0|
|3||Bohm, Tamlyn||Open Female||31||1:38:04.0||+7:23.6||92.46%||12.4|
To analyse the results and to see full category information, see: https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=74630
|Place||Name||Category||Age||Gender||Time||Difference||% Winning||Pace (km / hour)|
|1||Mocke, Dawid||Open Male||38||Male||1:22:09.4||-||100%||14.8|
|2||Mocke, Jasper||Open Male||31||Male||1:22:27.8||+0:18.4||99.63%||14.7|
|3||Rice, Kenny||Open Male||20||Male||1:23:25.9||+1:16.5||98.47%||14.5|
|4||Rice, Sean||Open Male||26||Male||1:24:38.4||+2:29.0||97.07%||14.3|
|5||Hynard, Mackenzie||Open Male||21||Male||1:26:30.7||+4:21.3||94.97%||14.0|
|6||Sanchez Viloria, Daniel||Open Male||36||Male||1:26:44.1||+4:34.7||94.72%||14.0|
|7||Barton, Greg||Senior Master M (50-59)||56||Male||1:27:33.4||+5:24.0||93.83%||13.8|
|8||Johnson, Carter||Open Male||40||Male||1:28:10.8||+6:01.4||93.17%||13.7|
|9||Teaurai, Florian||Open Male||35||Male||1:28:11.2||+6:01.8||93.16%||13.7|
|10||Longdill, Simon||Open Male||39||Male||1:28:51.2||+6:41.8||92.46%||13.6|
|11||Mayhew, Sam||Open Male||27||Male||1:29:08.9||+6:59.5||92.16%||13.6|
|12||Redman, Greg||Master Male (40-49)||43||Male||1:29:24.2||+7:14.8||91.89%||13.6|
|13||Paroz, Ryan||Open Male||21||Male||1:29:45.8||+7:36.4||91.53%||13.5|
|14||Hammer, Wes||Open Male||29||Male||1:29:53.9||+7:44.5||91.39%||13.5|
|15||Lishchuk, Jesse||Open Male||21||Male||1:30:13.4||+8:04.0||91.06%||13.4|
|16||Morgan, Mackenzie||Open Male||22||Male||1:30:29.0||+8:19.6||90.80%||13.4|
|17||TUDOR-JONES, GARETH||Master Male (40-49)||44||Male||1:30:33.0||+8:23.6||90.73%||13.4|
|18||Hatton, Teneale||Open Female||26||Female||1:30:40.4||+8:31.0||90.61%||13.4|
|19||Malherbe, Jan||Master Male (40-49)||47||Male||1:31:12.6||+9:03.2||90.07%||13.3|
|20||Cryder, Nicholas||Open Male||39||Male||1:32:42.6||+10:33.2||88.62%||13.1|
|21||Clarke, Rachel||Open Female||26||Female||1:32:59.0||+10:49.6||88.36%||13.0|
|22||Nelson, Brandon||Master Male (40-49)||44||Male||1:33:06.7||+10:57.3||88.23%||13.0|
|23||Burrows, JOHN||Senior Master M (50-59)||57||Male||1:34:09.0||+11:59.6||87.26%||12.9|
|24||Letailleur, Loic||Open Male||33||Male||1:34:14.1||+12:04.7||87.18%||12.9|
|25||Olson, Marama||Master Male (40-49)||41||Male||1:34:22.2||+12:12.8||87.06%||12.8|
|26||Martin, Shane||Master Male (40-49)||41||Male||1:34:24.0||+12:14.6||87.03%||12.8|
|27||WOODMAN, BOB||Senior Master M (50-59)||52||Male||1:34:25.7||+12:16.3||87.00%||12.8|
|28||Kummer, Brian||Senior Master M (50-59)||55||Male||1:35:10.6||+13:01.2||86.32%||12.7|
|29||Hess, Stefan||Open Male||37||Male||1:35:22.9||+13:13.5||86.13%||12.7|
|30||Steve Scoggins/Sharon Scoggins||Double (open)||42||Male||1:35:26.4||+13:17.0||86.08%||12.7|
|31||Tetuanui, Johnatan||Open Male||39||Male||1:35:45.2||+13:35.8||85.80%||12.7|
|32||Lowe, Ian||Master Male (40-49)||42||Male||1:35:45.6||+13:36.2||85.79%||12.7|
|33||Sutherland, Rob||Senior Master M (50-59)||52||Male||1:36:30.5||+14:21.1||85.13%||12.6|
|34||Bruce, Warren||Golden Mstr Male (60+)||60||Male||1:36:36.1||+14:26.7||85.05%||12.5|
|35||Tom Swetish/Ana Swetish||Double (open)||44||Male||1:36:58.0||+14:48.6||84.73%||12.5|
|36||Dobrovolny, Chris||Master Male (40-49)||49||Male||1:37:00.7||+14:51.3||84.69%||12.5|
|37||Mctaggart, Bruce||Senior Master M (50-59)||51||Male||1:37:01.1||+14:51.7||84.68%||12.5|
|38||Lang, Robert||Golden Mstr Male (60+)||60||Male||1:37:10.1||+15:00.7||84.55%||12.5|
|39||Michel, Andre||Senior Master M (50-59)||55||Male||1:37:18.7||+15:09.3||84.43%||12.5|
|40||Bumstead, Dean||Golden Mstr Male (60+)||63||Male||1:37:44.9||+15:35.5||84.05%||12.4|
|41||Cooksey, Nick||Master Male (40-49)||48||Male||1:38:03.1||+15:53.7||83.79%||12.4|
|42||Bohm, Tamlyn||Open Female||31||Female||1:38:04.0||+15:54.6||83.78%||12.4|
|43||Remmler, Daryl||Senior Master M (50-59)||53||Male||1:38:21.9||+16:12.5||83.52%||12.3|
|44||Jenkinson, Kent||Open Male||19||Male||1:38:26.5||+16:17.1||83.46%||12.3|
|45||Mosole, Sebastien||Master Male (40-49)||43||Male||1:38:29.3||+16:19.9||83.42%||12.3|
|46||Mckenzie, Grant||Open Male||35||Male||1:38:52.8||+16:43.4||83.09%||12.3|
|47||Nelson, Heather||Master Female (40-49)||44||Female||1:38:57.7||+16:48.3||83.02%||12.2|
|48||Corbett, Colin||Open Male||29||Male||1:39:17.6||+17:08.2||82.74%||12.2|
|49||Arnold, Tom||Master Male (40-49)||41||Male||1:39:20.0||+17:10.6||82.71%||12.2|
|50||Hansen, Rob||Senior Master M (50-59)||54||Male||1:39:21.9||+17:12.5||82.68%||12.2|
|51||Stanley, Leanne||Open Female||35||Female||1:39:27.3||+17:17.9||82.61%||12.2|
|52||Bellinger, Billy||Golden Mstr Male (60+)||62||Male||1:39:32.6||+17:23.2||82.53%||12.2|
|53||Bussinger, Larry||Golden Mstr Male (60+)||67||Male||1:39:35.3||+17:25.9||82.50%||12.2|
|54||Bota, Raquel||Open Female||22||Female||1:39:45.5||+17:36.1||82.36%||12.1|
|55||Jenkinson, Rob||Senior Master M (50-59)||56||Male||1:40:06.2||+17:56.8||82.07%||12.1|
|56||Gee, Ty||Senior Master M (50-59)||50||Male||1:40:08.5||+17:59.1||82.04%||12.1|
|57||George, John||Senior Master M (50-59)||51||Male||1:40:13.3||+18:03.9||81.97%||12.1|
|58||Stothers, Russ||Senior Master M (50-59)||50||Male||1:40:33.0||+18:23.6||81.71%||12.1|
|59||Ching, Mike||Senior Master M (50-59)||58||Male||1:41:26.3||+19:16.9||80.99%||11.9|
|60||Dustin, Reivers||Golden Mstr Male (60+)||65||Male||1:41:35.4||+19:26.0||80.87%||11.9|
|61||Dwyer, Timothy P||Senior Master M (50-59)||56||Male||1:42:01.6||+19:52.2||80.52%||11.9|
|62||Robinson, Gary||Senior Master M (50-59)||57||Male||1:42:10.5||+20:01.1||80.41%||11.9|
|63||Whitlock, Marc||Golden Mstr Male (60+)||63||Male||1:42:11.3||+20:01.9||80.40%||11.9|
|64||Ryan Mechini||Open Male||20||Male||1:42:17.0||+20:07.6||80.32%||11.8|
|65||Wallick, Sally||Open Female||22||Male||1:42:17.5||+20:08.1||80.32%||11.8|
|66||Hansen, Paul||Senior Master M (50-59)||54||Male||1:42:27.5||+20:18.1||80.19%||11.8|
|67||Marshall House/Peter Gumplinger||Double (open)||49||Male||1:42:41.6||+20:32.2||80.00%||11.8|
|68||BROZOWSKI, DAVID||Open Male||33||Male||1:42:51.5||+20:42.1||79.87%||11.8|
|69||Kelly, Damien||Senior Master M (50-59)||57||Male||1:42:57.3||+20:47.9||79.80%||11.8|
|70||Katz, Ken||Golden Mstr Male (60+)||62||Male||1:43:23.0||+21:13.6||79.47%||11.7|
|71||Brown, Tony||18 Foot Male||59||Male||1:43:53.2||+21:43.8||79.08%||11.7|
|72||Jenkinson, Julie||Senior Master F (50-59)||52||Female||1:44:09.0||+21:59.6||78.88%||11.6|
|73||Wanless, Scott||Senior Master M (50-59)||53||Male||1:44:12.5||+22:03.1||78.84%||11.6|
|74||Medler, Michael||Senior Master M (50-59)||53||Male||1:44:28.9||+22:19.5||78.63%||11.6|
|75||Petereit, Kathleen||Senior Master F (50-59)||54||Female||1:44:34.4||+22:25.0||78.56%||11.6|
|76||Mowry, Dennis||Golden Mstr Male (60+)||64||Male||1:44:54.8||+22:45.4||78.31%||11.6|
|77||DE GRAAF, Phil||Master Male (40-49)||44||Male||1:45:32.3||+23:22.9||77.85%||11.5|
|78||Langley, Patrick||Open Male||39||Male||1:45:49.3||+23:39.9||77.64%||11.5|
|79||Goolsby, Lawrence||Golden Mstr Male (60+)||61||Male||1:46:15.4||+24:06.0||77.32%||11.4|
|80||Rene Chong||Senior Master M (50-59)||54||Male||1:47:15.6||+25:06.2||76.60%||11.3|
|81||Wallick, Steve||Senior Master M (50-59)||57||Male||1:47:57.4||+25:48.0||76.10%||11.2|
|82||Page, Brian||Master Male (40-49)||49||Male||1:48:03.8||+25:54.4||76.03%||11.2|
|83||Kelly, Matthew||Master Male (40-49)||48||Male||1:48:06.7||+25:57.3||75.99%||11.2|
|84||Redman, Sandy||Master Female (40-49)||43||Female||1:48:09.6||+26:00.2||75.96%||11.2|
|85||Kvick, David||Senior Master M (50-59)||51||Male||1:48:20.8||+26:11.4||75.83%||11.2|
|86||Smith, Jim||Senior Master M (50-59)||59||Male||1:48:59.9||+26:50.5||75.37%||11.1|
|87||Blue, Douglas||Senior Master M (50-59)||53||Male||1:49:35.6||+27:26.2||74.97%||11.1|
|88||Waters, Eric||Master Male (40-49)||43||Male||1:50:32.1||+28:22.7||74.33%||11.0|
|89||Schulz, Graham||Master Male (40-49)||42||Male||1:50:33.3||+28:23.9||74.31%||11.0|
|90||Avedon-Savage, Richard||18 Foot Male||39||Male||1:50:34.6||+28:25.2||74.30%||11.0|
|91||Smith, SP||Senior Master F (50-59)||54||Female||1:50:41.7||+28:32.3||74.22%||10.9|
|92||Bilmer, Trista||Open Female||39||Female||1:51:48.2||+29:38.8||73.48%||10.8|
|93||Tomblin, Paul||Senior Master M (50-59)||55||Male||1:53:58.8||+31:49.4||72.08%||10.6|
|94||Spoor, Chris||Open Male||33||Male||1:54:47.0||+32:37.6||71.58%||10.6|
|95||Baxter, Richard||Master Male (40-49)||48||Male||1:55:19.0||+33:09.6||71.24%||10.5|
|96||ANTANAVICIUS, LINAS||18 Foot Male||44||Male||1:56:02.7||+33:53.3||70.80%||10.4|
|97||Inouye, Jay||18 Foot Male||50||Male||1:57:10.6||+35:01.2||70.11%||10.3|
|98||Hoskin, Tom||Golden Mstr Male (60+)||67||Male||1:57:12.0||+35:02.6||70.10%||10.3|
|99||Warren, Linda||Master Female (40-49)||45||Female||1:57:33.7||+35:24.3||69.88%||10.3|
|100||Oliveira, Gus||18 Foot Male||45||Male||1:58:20.3||+36:10.9||69.43%||10.2|
|101||Rozanne Pilbeam||18 Foot Female||1:58:33.9||+36:24.5||69.29%||10.2|
|102||Ronaghan, Clay||Senior Master M (50-59)||58||Male||1:59:05.0||+36:55.6||68.99%||10.2|
|103||Carlsen, Glenn||Senior Master M (50-59)||58||Male||1:59:10.6||+37:01.2||68.94%||10.2|
|104||Thakkar, Nazuk||Under 18 (F)||16||Female||2:01:38.7||+39:29.3||67.54%||10.0|
|105||O'donnell, Michael||Golden Mstr Male (60+)||61||Male||2:02:40.4||+40:31.0||66.97%||9.9|
|106||White, Craig||Master Male (40-49)||47||Male||2:03:14.0||+41:04.6||66.67%||9.8|
|107||Michel, Marcia||Senior Master F (50-59)||57||Female||2:19:34.6||+57:25.2||58.86%||8.7|
|108||Tindell, Bryan||Master Male (40-49)||48||Male||2:31:54.6||+1:09:45.2||54.08%||8.0|
|-||Brownlie, Simon||Senior Master M (50-59)||54||Male||DNS||-||-||-|
|-||Cairns, Kelly||Senior Master F (50-59)||59||Male||DNS||-||-||-|
|-||Coulter, Gary||Legend Male (70+)||72||Male||DNS||-||-||-|
|-||Crozier, Darren||18 Foot Male||49||Male||DNS||-||-||-|
|-||Culver, Hugh||Senior Master M (50-59)||58||Male||DNS||-||-||-|
|-||Gumplinger, Peter||Double (open)||60||Male||DNS||-||-||-|
|-||King, Andrew||Senior Master M (50-59)||57||Male||DNS||-||-||-|
|-||Mcnally, Ross||Senior Master M (50-59)||54||Male||DNS||-||-||-|
|-||Millar, Marin||Master Female (40-49)||49||Female||DNS||-||-||-|
|-||Nosella, Jim||Open Male||27||Male||DNS||-||-||-|
|-||Rybczyk, John||Senior Master M (50-59)||56||Male||DNS||-||-||-|
|-||Scoggins, Sharon||Master Female (40-49)||42||Female||DNS||-||-||-|
|-||Seymour, Bruce||Master Male (40-49)||49||Male||DNS||-||-||-|
|-||Simpson, Andrew||Master Male (40-49)||41||Male||DNS||-||-||-|
|-||Swetish, Ana||Double (open)||14||Female||DNS||-||-||-|
|-||Hulscher, Sean||Senior Master M (50-59)||59||Male||DNS||-||-||-|