Eurochallenge 2 May 2009 – Spain

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Hank McGregor (SA), Dawid Mocke (SA) and Jeremy Cotter (Aus) up against Europe's best - including a Manual Busto Fernandes out to reverse his humiliation at the 2008 Dubai Shamaal...  This looks likely to be the biggest, most competitive and best attended European surfski race ever.


Race Details

World Series Star Rating:

Originally billed as a 2-star event, we've just been told that the prize pool is Euro 10,000 which would make the race 3-star...  We'll confirm ASAP.

Date: Saturday 2 May, 2009 with the race briefing on Friday evening.


The race course (subject to change) is set to be a cracker - due east from the town of La Villajoyosa around Benidorm Island, east-north-east to the rocky Isla Mitjana and then back along the coast.

The coastline is one of the most spectacular in the world, with sheer rocky cliff faces and sea-caves...



Fenn skis (Elite, Mako6 and XT) are available from the race organizers (Euro 75 for the week; Euro 40 for race day only).

Contact Epic Europe (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for Epic skis (should have more info on this shortly).

Race website:

Paddling Camps


Jonathan Neill, the local Fenn rep and avid paddler will be hosting a week-long series of training sessions - see the website for details.

Dawid Mocke (SA) will also be giving master classes before the race - details to be announced.

Dawid spent some time in Spain last year and raved about it:

  • The awesome coastline - the rocky cliffs; the mountains; the little coves with quaint old villages.
  • The extremely well organized racing.
  • The enthusiasm and competitiveness of the local paddlers.


Sounds like this is a not-to-be missed event!

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