Mocke says Ironman stars main threat in Perth

Monday, 17 January 2011 07:26 | Written by  David Lyall, SportsComm
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South African Dawid Mocke has named IronMan superstars Zane Holmes and the Eckstein brothers, Shannon and Caine, as his biggest challengers when he lines up to defend his title in The Doctor Surf Ski World Cup, Australia’s richest ocean paddling race on January 22.

Super Form

The ironman trio are in super form, Shannon Eckstein having just claimed the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain IronMan Series for the third straight year, his brother having taken his fourth consecutive Coolangatta Gold and Holmes the winner of the last two races on the professional circuit.

Mocke, currently the world’s number one surfski paddler, will lead an international class field over the downwind 27.5km course from Rottnest Island to Sorrento.

International Field

The impressive field includes Mocke’s brother Jasper, fellow South Africans Matt Bouman and Sean Rice as well elite athletes from all over Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.

Mocke said he held The Doctor race in high esteem and had been looking forward to defending his title for 12 months. To do so he would need to beat the star ironmen.

“Absolutely I am looking forward to defending my title,” Mocke said

“It took me so long to finally win in Perth there's no way I'm letting it go easily.

“The Doctor is certainly a premier international surf ski race and a good result in this race is definitely needed if you want to feature on the international standings."

Ironmen

“I think that the ironmen stars are the number one threat in this race.

“They are fit from ironman racing through the Christmas holiday season and the rest of us may be left choking on our Christmas lunch.”

Mocke, while always humble, said he now had the results to be considered the world number one in what’s was shaping as a big year in the growing sport’s history.

“Yes I do (consider myself the world’s number one).  Last year we had a de facto world series made up of seven events and I won five of them - The Doctor in Perth, the EuroChallenge in Spain, the Durban World Cup, the USA Champs and the Hong Kong Dragon Run). I came fourth in one (Mauritius Ocean Classic) and second in the other (Dubai Shamaal).

“International surf ski paddling is at a critical time in its growth and this year I think could be a watershed year in its growth.”

Festival of Paddling

The nine-day Doctor Festival of Paddle Sports consists of a five events, catering for paddlers at all levels from the everyday social paddler to the world’s elite in The Doctor Surf Ski World Cup.

Also competing to bring the title back to Australian shores will be two-time Doctor runner-up Jeremy Cotter, 2010 Doctor bronze medallist Bruce Taylor, in form Sunshine Coaster Ben Allen (who won the prestigious Dubai Shamaal in December), 2012 Olympic kayak hopeful Murray Stewart and 2004 Olympian David Rhodes.

For more information visit http://www.oceanpaddler.com/events/the-doctor/

TheDoctor

The Doctor Festival of Paddle Sports – Program of Events 

  • Thursday 20th January 2011: Sunset Sprint Cup 200m – Claisebrooke (media contact: Jesse Phillips / 0422 678 055)
  • Saturday 22nd January 2011: The Doctor World Cup 27.5km- Rottnest Island to Sorrento (media contact: Dave Lyall / 0403 777 026)
  • Sunday 23rd January 2011: The Finn Kayaks Coastal Challenge 24km- Perth’s coastal beaches (media contact: Dave Lyall / 0403 777 026)
  • Wednesday 26th January 2011: Aussie Day Challenge 17km- Margaret River (media contact: Courtenay Gray / 0418 917 799 or Dean Gardiner / 0400 389 730)
  • Saturday 29th January 2011: Mandurah Duel Ocean v’s Estuary 14km – Mandurah (media contact: Colin Bartley / 0428 468 884)

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