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Who cares about Hawaii!

Saturday, 17 May 2014 18:41 | Written by
Molokai is home to the world surf ski championships and rightly so – it’s one of the most testing events on the International Ocean Ski calendar. But can it lay claim to being the only open water crossing in the world? The Celtic Crossing is the brainchild of event founder…
Scilly Isles Scilly Isles

2014 Molokai Challenge Preview

Saturday, 17 May 2014 14:25 | Written by
After two weeks of howling trade winds and mountainous seas in the Kaiwi Channel, the 2014 Molokai Challenge is faced with baking temperatures, glassy seas and “winds light and variable”.  And that means 52km of an intense challenge of a different kind…
Clint Robinson, defending champion Clint Robinson, defending champion

Bouman wins in Durban ** Video **

Thursday, 15 May 2014 08:30 | Written by
Durban – The action of Sunday 11 May’s Lion of Africa Surfski Challenge, race two of the 2014 Bay Union Surfski Series, took place amidst a celebratory Mother’s Day atmosphere at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club with evergreen performer Matt Bouman opening his series’ account in style with victory in the…
Matt Bouman Matt Bouman Credits: Kevin Sawyer

McGregor and Ward Take First Durban Race

Wednesday, 07 May 2014 11:02 | Written by
Durban’s globally renowned winter surfski season got underway on Sunday 4 May with the Bay Union Season Starter, race one of the four leg Bay Union Surfski Series, which saw regular front runner Hank McGregor and top step of the podium novice Jenna Ward get their 2014 campaign underway in…
Paddlers had to get out through big surf to the deep water start... Paddlers had to get out through big surf to the deep water start... Credits: Kevin Sawyer

Mike Snell - RIP

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 08:21 | Written by
  To my right sat one of the most decorated paddlers in history, to my left, a Molokai, Coast-to-Coast and Ironman veteran. While this was not unfamiliar company, the venue was anything but familiar. Instead of our normal backdrop of stunning oceanscapes, beaches and natural beauty, we sat surrounded by…
Mike Snell in action Mike Snell in action Credits: Alex Francois

Mocke Claims Auckland's 2014 King Of The Harbour

Monday, 31 March 2014 07:36 | Written by
Oily flat, steamy, hot conditions greeted the 95 competitors, lining up pensively off Birkenhead Wharf, Auckland. The tide would be turning nose-on shortly, and the 1 knot south westerly breezes would make it feel like we were paddling in a vaccum. The 24km stretch to Waiheke Island's Matiatia Bay was going to be…
A jubilant Dawid Mocke rests his paddles at the finish line at Matiatia, Waiheke Island, once again claiming the Auckland King Of The Harbour crown for 2014! A jubilant Dawid Mocke rests his paddles at the finish line at Matiatia, Waiheke Island, once again claiming the Auckland King Of The Harbour crown for 2014!

The King Of The Harbour and 2014 NZ Season Roundup

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:34 | Written by
The – 2014 New Zealand surfski scene is building up to a hightened level of activity, with solid races every few weeks currently, as we head into the countries premier event, the 2014 King Of The Harbour, sponsored by Vaikobi Paddlewear. This event doubles as Canoe Racing New Zealand's national…
2013 King and Queen of the Harbour hopefulls line up at Matiatia Bay on Waiheke Island 2013 King and Queen of the Harbour hopefulls line up at Matiatia Bay on Waiheke Island Credits: Pip Arnold 2013

Hank McGregor and Michelle Burn Win Again in Durban

Sunday, 02 February 2014 10:51 | Written by
Durban – No surf and magnificently flat seas saw Friday evening’s Thule Surfski Challenge, race four of the 2014 Varsity College Marine Surfski Series, turn into a raw, unforgiving 8km sprint which played right into the hands of the remarkably fit Hank McGregor and Michelle Burn as the respective men’s and women’s…
Australia's James Morfitt (right) leads Billy Harker (left) and a group of local paddlers back from their leg down towards the iconic Moses Mabhida stadium Australia's James Morfitt (right) leads Billy Harker (left) and a group of local paddlers back from their leg down towards the iconic Moses Mabhida stadium Credits: Anthony Grote

Hank McGregor Cruises to win in Durban

Saturday, 25 January 2014 15:48 | Written by
Durban – Canoe Marathon World Champion Hank McGregor gave himself a perfect birthday present on Friday evening when he romped home to a resounding victory in the McCarthy Toyota Durban Kingsmead Surfski Challenge, race three of the 2014 Varsity College Marine Surfski Series.
Hank McGregor - second series win Hank McGregor - second series win

Race Announcement: Molokai 2014

Saturday, 25 January 2014 14:44 | Written by
As we all know, Molokai is the Big Kahuna of surfski races; the 32mile/51km crossing of the Kaiwi Channel between Molokai and Oahu Islands in Hawaii is a daunting challenge (whatever the weather!).  The race is back for 2014, but it's now back under the management of the Kanaka Ikaika…
Clint Robinson (Aus) wins his third Molokai in 2013 Clint Robinson (Aus) wins his third Molokai in 2013

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