Fajardo, Puerto Rico, 7 June 2009: The Puerto Rico Ocean Racing together with the Federation of Canoe & Kayaks of Puerto Rico, organized a 12 mile triangle between the coast of Fajardo and the Islands of Icacos and Palominos in front of the five-star El Conquistador Resort Hotel.
The Culebra Challenge is the second in a series of races held in the Caribbean, the first being the North Coast Challenge in Trinidad and the other two races later in the year in St Maarten and Guadeloupe.
Ian Gray (race winner) lauches down a wave mid-channel (Pic: Harry Negron)
April 2006, Puerto Rico: [Warm water, a 20 knot following wind, six foot waves, a twenty four mile race across open ocean… could this be surf ski paradise? Are we talking Hawaii? Well, actually no – but the organizers hope that this race, the Culebra Kayak Challenge could grow to become a “Caribbean Molokai” and be included in future race calendars as a World Cup event.
The 1st annual Culebra Kayak Challenge was held April 9, 2006 and this race report was sent in by DeAnne Hemmens who was there with husband and fellow competitor Patrick.
The spectacular photos are couresy of race organiser Greg Hernandez - look out for a video clip in the near future.]