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Skinny Cappuccino wins 1950km endurance race

Friday, 20 June 2014 17:48 | Written by
Durban - Ultra athlete Steve Black completed his 1950km "Coastal Challenge" charity race from Cape point to Durban nineteen hours behind his surfski rival Clyde Barendse exhausted but exhilarated. Like the race winner Barendse, who paddled into the DUC beach at 6:30 on Thursday evening after snatching victory with an…
Clyde Barendse (second from left) celebrates winning the month-long 1950km Coastal Challenge against runner Steve Black with his supporters (from left) Nikki Heyns, second Tom Bodley and Zoog Heyns Clyde Barendse (second from left) celebrates winning the month-long 1950km Coastal Challenge against runner Steve Black with his supporters (from left) Nikki Heyns, second Tom Bodley and Zoog Heyns Credits: Dave MacLeod
Rising star Michael Booth of the Gold Coast almost pulled off a complete sweep at the 2014 Gatorade Clash of the Paddles on Hamilton Island at the weekend. With ski events held over 3km, 7km, a 25km downwind course and an Eliminator sprint race, a quality field and serious cash…
Michael Booth (1st) and Jeremy Cotter (2nd) Michael Booth (1st) and Jeremy Cotter (2nd) Credits: Steve Christo
Durban – A star studded field has assembled in Durban ahead of this weekend's inaugural FNB Mazars Durban Downwind surfski race, which doubles as the 2014 South African Surfski Championships, and all are anxiously looking to Mother Nature to see what weather and ocean conditions she will serve them.
Jasper Mocke Jasper Mocke

2000km Extreme Race nears finale in Durban

Thursday, 19 June 2014 08:38 | Written by
Durban – Endurance athletes Steve Black and Clyde Barendse are close to completing a gruelling 2000km race from Cape Point to Durban which involved with Black running alongside the shoreline and Barendse paddling a surfski, to raise funds and awareness for cancer sufferer Lettie Heyns.
Poor Knights Island - the site of the infamous 1820 Maori massacre, where the Hikitu people attacked, killed or enslaved all but 10 of the local Ngatiwhai hapu island inhabitants, in retribution for refusing them permission to land their wakas, or canoes, 12 years earlier after paddling 320 km's around…
The Poor Knights Islands: 'Tapu' or Sacred to the local peoples, and the start of New Zealand's newest blue water downwind race! The Poor Knights Islands: 'Tapu' or Sacred to the local peoples, and the start of New Zealand's newest blue water downwind race!

Durban Downwind to host 2014 SA Surfski Champs

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 07:52 | Written by
Durban – Durban’s reputation as a global surfski mecca will be strengthened on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June 2014 as the nation’s best ocean paddlers do battle for national titles in the newly launched FNB Mazars Durban Downwind surfski race. The brand new event will not only become the permanent home of both…
Hank McGregor Hank McGregor

2014 Mauritius Ocean Classic - Preview

Saturday, 07 June 2014 13:10 | Written by
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…
Dawid Mocke - three-pete at the 2013 MOC Dawid Mocke - three-pete at the 2013 MOC Credits: Rob Mousley

2014 Steelcase Dragon Run - Race Announcement

Saturday, 07 June 2014 12:30 | Written by
  The Steelcase Dragon Run in 2014 will take place in Hong Kong on Saturday November 22nd.  [Editor: whether you're in it for the racing or the exotic venue, the Dragon Run should be on your bucket list - it's one of my favourite events.]
Hank McGregor wins the 2013 Steelcase Dragon Run Hank McGregor wins the 2013 Steelcase Dragon Run Credits: Barbara Yendell

Molokai 2014: We Came, We Saw, One Conquered

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 19:03 | Written by
Thirty minutes into the Maui Jim Molokai Challenge, first-time participant Jasper Mocke led a five-man conga line of Clint Robinson, Hank McGregor, Cory Hill and Jeremy Cotter. When Mocke sprinted for a wave that shot him across Robinson's path, the five-time Olympian admonished him like a state trooper confronting an…
A group of five broke away at the start... A group of five broke away at the start... Credits: Vince Bechet

Hank McGregor Wins 2nd Molokai Title

Monday, 19 May 2014 07:04 | Written by
A few hours ago Hank McGregor won his second Molokai title in similar conditions to the first... The trade winds that had been blowing the week before the race fizzled out on Thursday and the paddlers were faced with a gruelling flat water grind across the Kaiwi Channel in stifling…
Hank McGregor wins... Hank McGregor wins...

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