Rob Mousley

Attracting Novice Paddlers to Surfski Races (Aus & SA)

Saturday, 20 February 2010 13:30 |

While some debate as to what should constitute a surfski race – open ocean, downwind, 10km, 25km, triangle course – it occurred to some race organizers in Australia and South Africa that one group of paddlers was being neglected: the novices.

Novices are the life-blood of any sport.  To nurture and grow surfski paddling, we need a steady stream of new participants in races around the world.  But novices often find the bigger races intimidating – to satisfy the demands of the more experienced paddlers, the races are often held in challenging conditions.

So – this season two race series, one in Sydney, Australia and one in Cape Town, South Africa, have started up – aimed directly at the novice paddler.

Seadog Series: Fish Hoek, Cape Town

Dawid and Nikki Mocke have been training people to paddle surfskis since 2003.  But they noticed that nearly all their “graduates” remained social paddlers, in spite of the many and varied races on offer in Cape Town.

Dawid and Nikki Mocke

Dawid and Nikki Mocke (Pic: Meds Martin)

After doing some research, they discovered that many of the paddlers felt intimidated by the big series races.

So, along with Tom Schilperoord and Adam Bothma they started the Seadog Series in Fish Hoek Bay.  It’s been a great success – with over 210 paddlers registering and an average of 40-50 finishers on any given night with the highest figure so far being 135.  “I say ‘finishers’,” laughed Nikki, “because the races are run whatever the weather.  Our motto is ‘never cancelled’ and this means that the conditions are often quite hectic.”

Nikki attributes the success of the series to a number of factors:

  • The “never cancelled” thing works well, she said, because people know that there will always be a race.
  • The races are held in the semi-protected waters of Fish Hoek which makes them safe.
  • The prizes are given away on a lucky draw basis.  There’s also a R250 cash prize giveaway that can be won by any registered paddler – not just the racers on the night.  It’s drawn once per race and if the winner isn’t there, it rolls over the next week.  “We also give away some branded kit – shirt, towel,” said Nikki.
  • The venue is great – apart from the safety aspect, the Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club is a friendly, accommodating place.  The bar is always packed after the races.

“We’ve really tried to target the surfski school type paddler,” said Nikki.  “The races are not intimidating, yet they can be challenging and they definitely give the guys a goal to work towards.”

Sydney Harbour Series

[Editor: the first race of the Sydney Harbour Series attracted close to 100 paddlers.]

The Bing Lee/LG/Epic Kayaks Harbour Series has been designed for paddlers who may never be in the elite class but want to enjoy competitive paddling on a ski, sea kayak or outrigger canoe on the beautiful waterways around Sydney.

Sydney Harbour Series

Awesome Scenery! Sydney Harbour Series

It is also good for that large group of paddlers who are itching to get out on the ocean but don’t yet quite have that confidence to enter an ocean race. Just do a few of the Harbour Series races and you may well be ready to take the next step.

The first race was held at Balmoral on Sydney Harbour early Saturday 23rd Jan in a fairly stiff breeze on what turned out to be a baking hot morning. The mass start got everyone jostling for position with the usual quick starters getting out ahead and the beginners in the usual panic at the back! The course took you into the wind to Fairlight Beach and then came the downwind dash towards Bradleys head. Those less focussed on the competition could take in the beautiful views of the cliffs of the harbour foreshore and the beachside suburbs of Vaucluse and Mosman.

There were plenty going for a swim, mainly around Middle Head, but the Lifesavers from Long Reef Surf Lifesaving Club were there in their inflatable rescue boats and everyone was able to get back on and either finish or else think about how they would finish the next race, which is at Cronulla Bay on 13th Feb.

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The series is run by Harbour Racing Incorporated which is an initiative of a group of surfski paddlers operating under the umbrella of PaddleNSW. It is a ground breaker in that all the paddlers entering the events are insured under the AC insurance scheme. Before this, the organisers of surfski events have been insured but not the paddlers.

These events are good for a wide range of paddlers, beginners young and old, women and men. Just grab a ski, outrigger canoe or sea kayak and see how you go! Find all the details at www.harbourracing.org.au

2010 ISPA World Rankings

Sunday, 07 February 2010 16:35 |

The first race of the inaugural International Surfski Paddling Association’s Surfski World Series was held in Perth in January.  South African Dawid Mocke won the race and heads the ISPA World Rankings.

“We’re keeping it really simple for this year,” said ISPA’s Dean Gardiner.  “Seven races, best four results.  Dawid Mocke currently leads the men's rankings; Lauren Bartlett heads the women's rankings.  Well done Daw and Lauren!”

Dawid Mocke is reigning Surfski World Series Champion.

Surfski World Series

The newly formed ISPA took over the administration of the Surfski World Series from the website Surfski.info, which had run it on an informal basis for the preceeding three years.  Surfski.info’s Rob Mousley said, “I’m very happy for the series to be taken over by the ISPA.  We started it off with the intention to raise awareness of the international races and to promote both the sport and the paddlers.

“We succeeded - to the extent that both race organizers and paddlers were taking it increasingly seriously.  So it’s great that an organization started by the paddlers for the global surfski community is going to take it forward.  I'm sure that it's going to grow from strength to strength and will achieve the international recognition that it deserves.”

Events Calendar

The next race is the EuroChallenge 2010 in Spain – being held again in La Vila Joyosa on the Mediterranean coast.

Race Country FromTo
Perth Doctor Australia 2010/01/16 2010/01/17
EuroChallenge Spain 2010/05/01  
World Cup South Africa South Africa 2010/05/22? 2010/05/23
Mauritius Ocean Classic Mauritius 2010/05/24 2010/05/29
US Surfski Champs USA 2010/08/21  
Dragon Run Hong Kong 2010/11/20  
Dubai Shamaal UAE 2010/12/02

 

Billy Harker, organiser of the Durban World Cup said that the race is unlikely to be held on the 22 May as originally planned due to circumstances beyond his control.  "The Soccer World Cup is proving to be a huge nightmare," he said.  "Airfares are at least doubled during the the tournament and through to August which severely limits our options."  The event is traditionally held during the first week of July - but has had to be moved for 2010 because of the Soccer World Cup which is being held in South Africa.

 

ISPA World Rankings

Open Rankings

NameCATEGORYOverall PointsCategory PosCategory Points
Dawid MOCKE Open 500 1 500
Jeremy COTTER Open 499 2 499
Bruce TAYLOR Open 498 3 498
Jasper MOCKE Open 497 4 497
David SMITH Open 496 5 496
Brad RODGERS Open 495 6 495
Tim JACOBS Open 494 7 494
Brendon SARSON Open 493 8 493
Murray STEWART Open 492 9 492
Dean GARDINER Over 40 491 1 500
Tony SCHUMACHER Open 490 10 491
Hank MCGREGOR Open 489 11 490
Kurt TUTT Open 488 12 489
Dave KISSANE Over 40 487 2 499
Ken Wallace Open 486 13 488
Heath WRIGHT Open 485 14 487
Matt REES Open 484 15 486
Hayden WHITE Under 20 483 1 500
Michael LOCKE Open 482 16 485
Dean BEAMENT Over 40 481 3 498
Michael BAKER Open 480 17 484
Mark ANDERSON Open 479 18 483
Malcolm HALL Over 40 478 4 497
Tim BIRD Open 477 19 482
Nicholas TAYLOR Over 40 476 5 496
Brendan RICE Under 20 475 2 499
Adam MCKANE Open 474 20 481
Robert BARRY Over 40 473 6 495
David GRAHAM Under 20 472 3 498
Paul BUTTEL Open 471 21 480
Travis ENGLAND Open 470 22 479
Justin FARRELLY Open 469 23 478
Matt CARTER Open 468 24 477
Ryan LOUW Open 467 25 476
Ian TIMBRELL Over 40 466 7 494
Stephen PERRY Over 40 465 8 493
Karl TREACHER Open 464 26 475
David TUDOR-JONES Open 463 27 474
Andrew STEPHENS Open 462 28 473
James MANGOLD Over 40 461 9 492
Gary BUTLION Over 40 460 10 491
Rob JENKINSON Over 40 459 11 490
Tony BOWMAN Open 458 29 472
Shaun RICE Over 50 457 1 500
Dean MORGAN Over 40 456 12 489
Gary DAVID Over 50 455 2 499
Lauren BARTLETT Open Women 454 1 500
Luke MORRISON Open 453 30 471
Kirsty HOLMES Open Women 452 2 499
Hayden QUINN Open 451 31 470
Todd BREVER Under 20 450 4 497
Stewart O'REGAN Open 449 32 469
Alan CROSS Open 448 33 468
Michael FORD Open 447 34 467
Jesse PHILLIPS Open 446 35 466
Steve DALTON Open 445 36 465
Ricky SMITH Open 444 37 464
Kobi SIMMAT Open 443 38 463
Tim SCHLEIGER Open 442 39 462
Mark STEWART Over 40 441 13 488
Bradley Taylor Under 20 440 5 496
Mark LOWRY Open 439 40 461
Lindsay WILAND Over 40 438 14 487
Chad ALSTON Open 437 41 460
Walter CHALUPSKY Over 40 436 15 486
Alan ALBERT Open 435 42 459
Peter OHIGGINS Over 40 434 16 485
Jason CUNNINGHAM Open 433 43 458
Kelvin SHORTTE Over 40 432 17 484
Kevin WHITE Over 40 431 18 483
Glen ORCHARD Open 430 44 457
Joseph FORD Open 429 45 456
Michael BINGEMANN Open 428 46 455
Ruth HIGHMAN Open Women 427 3 498
Neil O'LEARY Over 40 426 19 482
Angus SPROTT Over 40 425 20 481
Mark NATHAN Over 40 424 21 480
Robert DOHERTY Over 40 423 22 479
Peter HINDS Open 422 47 454
Cam MIDDLETON Over 40 421 23 478
Richard EADIE Over 40 420 24 477
Jean-pierre SCHAILLEE Under 20 419 6 495
Brendan SIMCOCK Under 20 418 7 494
Paul SMITH Over 40 417 25 476
Ian KININMONTH Over 40 416 26 475
Nathan CHANDLER Open 415 48 453
Dave ZELLER Open 414 49 452
Matt HIBBEN Open 413 50 451
Jane HUMPHRYS Open Women 412 4 497
Steve Ford Over 40 411 27 474
Dave WALTER Over 40 410 28 473
John SULLIVAN Over 40 409 29 472
Matt WALKER Open 408 51 450
Darryl LONG Over 40 407 30 471
John TOOMEY Open 406 52 449
Dean GILMOUR Over 50 405 3 498
Kim BINGHAM Over 40 404 31 470
Elderfield RICHARD Open 403 53 448
Andrew PETERSON Over 40 402 32 469
Martin GUNDA Over 40 401 33 468
Peter FARMER Over 40 400 34 467
Julie JENKINSON Over 40 Women 399 1 500
Craig PORTEOUS Open 398 54 447
Peter JOHNSON Open 397 55 446
Damien KELLY Over 50 396 4 497
Craig THRUM Over 40 395 35 466
Sean CLAUSON Open 394 56 445
Todd VLADICH Open 393 57 444
Kylie BROAD Open Women 392 5 496
Robbie STEWART over 50 391 5 496
David STILES Open 390 58 443
Grant GILMOUR Open 389 59 442
Mat SMITH Open 388 60 441
Craig SANDS Over 40 387 36 465
Geoff DEWS Over 50 386 6 495
Phil DE GRAAF Open 385 61 440
Jeremy MULCAHY Open 384 62 439
David MARTIN Open 383 63 438
Wade KELLY Over 40 382 37 464
Murray JACOBS Over 50 381 7 494
Shane CADDY Open 380 64 437
Sam GRIFFITHS Open 379 65 436
Mitchell JENKINSON Under 20 378 8 493
John WHITEHAND Over 50 377 8 493
Martin DANGER Open 376 66 435
Tim HOOKINS Over 50 375 9 492
Euan CAMERON Over 40 374 38 463
Nicholas TUCKER Open 373 67 434
Davey BRAND Under 20 372 9 492
Charles BRAND Over 40 371 39 462
Paul MCLAREN Over 40 370 40 461
Jenni-maree BATEMAN Open Women 369 6 495
Brodie HOLMES Open 368 68 433
James RENNELL Over 50 367 10 491
Narciso ASTONE Over 40 366 41 460
Joel TATE Open 365 69 432
Dieter STRAUSS Open 364 70 431
Robyn MACDONALD Over 50 Women 363 1 500
Hugh TRENWITH Over 40 362 42 459
Evan SHAPLEY Over 40 361 43 458
Stuart TENNANT Over 40 360 44 457
Tom SIMMAT Over 50 359 11 490
Leon CONRADIE Over 40 358 45 456
Mike PRIESTLY Over 40 357 46 455
Liz LANG Open Women 356 7 494
Johann BOTHA Over 40 355 47 454
Malcolm PEACOCK Over 40 354 48 453
Dan BOWKER Open 353 71 430
Chris ALLEN Over 40 352 49 452
James BACK Open 351 72 429
Alan HERBERT Open 350 73 428
Mark MATEAR Open 349 74 427
Julie CAMMELL Open Women 348 8 493
Meghann OLD Open Women 347 9 492
Paul RYDE Over 40 346 50 451
Tom WALSH Over 40 345 51 450
Roland BODT Over 50 344 12 489
Tim STOKES Open 343 75 426
Ken VIDLER Over 50 342 13 488
Matthew ROOS Open 341 76 425
Shane ADAM Over 40 340 52 449
Bruce WILSON Over 50 339 14 487
Bae HOOPER Open Women 338 10 491
Di ARNOTT Open Women 337 11 490

 

Category Rankings

 

NameISPA CATEGORYOverall PointsCategory PositionCategory Points
OPEN WOMEN        
Lauren BARTLETT Open Women 454 1 500
Kirsty HOLMES Open Women 452 2 499
Ruth HIGHMAN Open Women 427 3 498
Jane HUMPHRYS Open Women 412 4 497
Kylie BROAD Open Women 392 5 496
Jenni-maree BATEMAN Open Women 369 6 495
Liz LANG Open Women 356 7 494
Julie CAMMELL Open Women 348 8 493
Meghann OLD Open Women 347 9 492
Bae HOOPER Open Women 338 10 491
Di ARNOTT Open Women 337 11 490
UNDER 20 MEN        
Hayden WHITE Under 20 483 1 500
Brendan RICE Under 20 475 2 499
David GRAHAM Under 20 472 3 498
Todd BREVER Under 20 450 4 497
Bradley Taylor Under 20 440 5 496
Jean-pierre SCHAILLEE Under 20 419 6 495
Brendan SIMCOCK Under 20 418 7 494
Mitchell JENKINSON Under 20 378 8 493
Davey BRAND Under 20 372 9 492
OVER 40 MEN        
Dean GARDINER Over 40 491 1 500
Dave KISSANE Over 40 487 2 499
Dean BEAMENT Over 40 481 3 498
Malcolm HALL Over 40 478 4 497
Nicholas TAYLOR Over 40 476 5 496
Robert BARRY Over 40 473 6 495
Ian TIMBRELL Over 40 466 7 494
Stephen PERRY Over 40 465 8 493
James MANGOLD Over 40 461 9 492
Gary BUTLION Over 40 460 10 491
Rob JENKINSON Over 40 459 11 490
Dean MORGAN Over 40 456 12 489
Mark STEWART Over 40 441 13 488
Lindsay WILAND Over 40 438 14 487
Walter CHALUPSKY Over 40 436 15 486
Peter OHIGGINS Over 40 434 16 485
Kelvin SHORTTE Over 40 432 17 484
Kevin WHITE Over 40 431 18 483
Neil O'LEARY Over 40 426 19 482
Angus SPROTT Over 40 425 20 481
Mark NATHAN Over 40 424 21 480
Robert DOHERTY Over 40 423 22 479
Cam MIDDLETON Over 40 421 23 478
Richard EADIE Over 40 420 24 477
Paul SMITH Over 40 417 25 476
Ian KININMONTH Over 40 416 26 475
Steve Ford Over 40 411 27 474
Dave WALTER Over 40 410 28 473
John SULLIVAN Over 40 409 29 472
Darryl LONG Over 40 407 30 471
Kim BINGHAM Over 40 404 31 470
Andrew PETERSON Over 40 402 32 469
Martin GUNDA Over 40 401 33 468
Peter FARMER Over 40 400 34 467
Craig THRUM Over 40 395 35 466
Craig SANDS Over 40 387 36 465
Wade KELLY Over 40 382 37 464
Euan CAMERON Over 40 374 38 463
Charles BRAND Over 40 371 39 462
Paul MCLAREN Over 40 370 40 461
Narciso ASTONE Over 40 366 41 460
Hugh TRENWITH Over 40 362 42 459
Evan SHAPLEY Over 40 361 43 458
Stuart TENNANT Over 40 360 44 457
Leon CONRADIE Over 40 358 45 456
Mike PRIESTLY Over 40 357 46 455
Johann BOTHA Over 40 355 47 454
Malcolm PEACOCK Over 40 354 48 453
Chris ALLEN Over 40 352 49 452
Paul RYDE Over 40 346 50 451
Tom WALSH Over 40 345 51 450
Shane ADAM Over 40 340 52 449
OVER 40 WOMEN        
Julie JENKINSON Over 40 Women 399 1 500
OVER 50 MEN        
Shaun RICE Over 50 457 1 500
Gary DAVID Over 50 455 2 499
Dean GILMOUR Over 50 405 3 498
Damien KELLY Over 50 396 4 497
Robbie STEWART over 50 391 5 496
Geoff DEWS Over 50 386 6 495
Murray JACOBS Over 50 381 7 494
John WHITEHAND Over 50 377 8 493
Tim HOOKINS Over 50 375 9 492
James RENNELL Over 50 367 10 491
Tom SIMMAT Over 50 359 11 490
Roland BODT Over 50 344 12 489
Ken VIDLER Over 50 342 13 488
Bruce WILSON Over 50 339 14 487
OVER 50 WOMEN        
Robyn MACDONALD Over 50 Women 363 1 500

 

 

Surfski Update/ICF/Association/International Calendar

Tuesday, 26 January 2010 09:37 |

What the heck is happening to surfski.info?  What about the World Series?  What’s going on???

Surfski.info Upgrade

Kayak for Kids 2010 (Sydney, Australia)

Wednesday, 23 December 2009 09:33 |

Kayak for Kids

After a successful second event in March 2009, Lifestart - in partnership with AROC Sport - is putting on the third edition of Kayak for Kids, its annual fundraising paddling event on Sydney Harbour on Sunday 28 March 2010.

This event has been dubbed the "City2Surf on water" and can be completed by paddlers bringing their own boat or by teams relaying the distance on 3-persons sit-on-tops. It is particularly appropriate for corporations looking for team-building and a good cause, but families, groups of friends and sports teams are sure to have a blast as well.

Event Ambassador

Shelley Oates-WildingFormer Olympic kayaker and five-time world outrigger champion Shelley Oates-Wilding is once again the Event Ambassador.

Kayak for Kids is an exciting and special event on Sydney Harbour that raises funds for Lifestart, an Early Childhood Intervention Service that helps kids with intellectual disabilities or developmental delays from birth to school age achieve the best possible start in life. It is a paddle challenge from Blues Point to Clontarf – a distance of 17.5 km – but it is an event that allows nearly everyone to join in.

HOW…………?

First, the course is broken up into 4 stages. Second, included in the teams entry fee is the hire of a 3-person kayak and equipment for participants who are not regular paddlers and who do not own a kayak. This means teams of up to 12 people can enter, where each person only has to paddle one stage of the course. With each stage being around 4.5 km, as long as you are reasonably fit, you can participate. It is the perfect event for groups of friends, company groups or social groups to join in to.

But there are also challenges for the seasoned paddler who owns his or her own craft, whether a surfski, sea kayak or outrigger! The challenge is open to solo and double craft and, as well as the regular competitive categories, Kayak for Kids will be part of the inaugural PaddleNSW Harbour Racing Series of time trials over the summer months.

But back to Shelley, who will be paddling with her 13-year old son Kai, who is following in his mum’s footsteps and making a name for himself on the kayaking circuit. When asked why she became associated with Kayak for Kids Shelley replied: “Firstly it is because of Lifestart. Their approach to assisting kids is very family-centred and I believe that family is the most important thing we have. Second, they have then created a kayak event which encourages families to be involved either as participants, supporters or just to come along and have a picnic at Clontarf Reserve to cheer in the paddlers … how could I not support it?”

 

Kayak for Kids

Event Information

  • DATE: Sunday, 28th March 2010
  • TO REGISTER: http://kayakforkids.com.au
  • FUNDRAISING: http://everydayhero.com.au/events/kayak_for_kids_10
  • AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW: Shelley Oates-Wilding
  • FOR MORE INFORMATION: Christopher Cummings, Fundraising Manager, Lifestart Co-operative Ltd, (02) 9807 9700 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download the event flyer here

Pic of week - Tanker v Surfski

Tuesday, 18 August 2009 19:45 |

Martin Barnes sent us this photo... taken by his buddy Derek Leitch on 17 August 2009.  Derek has a 24th floor appartment overlooking Sydney Harbour in Sydney, Australia.

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Craig Goozee Paddles (and runs and cycles) around Australia for Cancer

Sunday, 19 July 2009 05:02 |

Following the tragic loss of his nine year old daughter to cancer, Craig Goozee decided to paddle, run and cycle 12,500km around Australia to raise $1,000,000 for the Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia…

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Durban World Cup - Race Day Commentary

Sunday, 12 July 2009 04:37 |

Race day dawns - with a brisk 12-13kt SW wind...  Perfect conditions!  

And, true to expectations - the race was... a cracker... 

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Mauritius Ocean Classic’s going to be a cracker of NOTE!

Friday, 03 July 2009 16:30 |

The inaugural Investec Mauritius Ocean Classic kicks off tomorrow morning at 10h00 Mauritius time (GMT + 4)...  Anton Erasmus lead the race briefing tonight and revealed his decision on the race course...

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The ICF Official Equipment Licensing Programme – an end to copying?

Thursday, 18 June 2009 04:26 |

On a recent trip to Europe I was amazed to see no fewer than three copied surfskis offered for sale.  There were copies (with minor deck modifications) of the Epic V10, the Fenn Mako6 and the Fenn XT.  When I asked about the skis, I was told that it was "almost normal in Europe" and that the manufacturers concerned regularly copied K1s and had simply extended their operations to include skis. 

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Surfski Websites Proliferate **UPDATED **

Sunday, 14 June 2009 14:06 |

A clear sign that the popularity of our sport is exploding is evidenced by the number of websites springing up around the world.  Here are a couple of the most recent...

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