Aussie Ben Allen won the 2010 Dubai Shamaal in an extraordinary display of skill and strength today. South African Dawid Mocke kept coming back, but in the end couldn’t answer Allen’s final push to the finish.
I’ll be on the lead escort boat tomorrow with the other media crews, watching what is shaping up to be the most competitive surfski race ever. Race commentary will start on www.surfski.info from 14h00 Dubai Time.
Everyone knows about the massive Dubai malls where you can find everything from the latest fashion brands to the largest indoor snow skiing slope in the world… If it’s retail therapy you’re after – well, it’s easy to indulge.
But what if you want to find “Old Dubai”? Well, you can get a taste of it by spending the day on and around the Dubai Creek – and the Dubai museum, housed in one of the oldest buildings in Dubai is a good start.
The wind is predicted to be light to moderate and northerly on Friday when 155 paddlers from 24 countries start the 2010 Dubai Shamaal. The race looks likely to be one of the most competitive ever, dominated by the best of South African and Australian surfski paddling.
With four kilometers to go, it was down to three: Dawid Mocke and Matt Bouman, side-by-side in the little runners, with defending champion Tim Jacobs chasing 50 to 80 meters behind. First prize was $10,000, serious coin in a sport where all but a few of the world’s best ski paddlers must be otherwise employed.