Results by tag: Rachel Clarke

Monday, 22 October 2018 08:14 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Hong Kong – With less than a month to go before launch, the Steelcase Hong Kong Dragon Run is preparing to greet some of the surfski community’s superb usual suspects as well as a wide range of local paddlers angling to take home some of the event’s largest-ever purse offerings.

Thursday, 26 April 2018 18:10 | Category : Latest Surfski News

I had two or three extended, paddles-down, ‘whooosah!’ moments”, said race director Garth Spencer, “and I pulled a few cheeky chakas for the camera crew on the media boat…

“…but those failed to show up in the photos, so there’s no proof, haha!”

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 17:24 | Category : Videos

"Molokai"  You just have to utter that name, and everyone in the surfski community knows what you're talking about: the 53km open ocean crossing from Molokai to Oahu across the Kaiwi Channel.  One of the oldest surfski races in the world, it was long regarded as the surfski world championships; and in the 2017 race only three of the past 43 year's winners weren't back to tackle the challenge once more.

The Kaiwi Channel has a reputation for massive downwind conditions; with a fetch of several thousand km, the NE trades can produce ferocious swell.  In 2017, however, the winds didn't arrive on the day and the paddlers faced a challenge of a different kind: heat, a head-on current, a slow heaving, seasickness inducing swell...!  (Those were the conditions I faced in 2008 - and it was one of the toughest days of my life.)

This video was released 6 months ago - but is well worth taking the time to review.  And with the Maui Jim Molokai Challenge coming up on Sunday, May 27, 2018, it's a great reminder to make your bookings and to keep on training hard...  And train for flat water, just in case.

Click here for the 2017 results

Sunday, 03 December 2017 17:04 | Category : Latest Surfski News

The World Surfski Series rankings have (finally) been updated.  With just one (title) race to go, it seems certain that Hank McGregor will have successfully defended his title, while Rachel Clarke, if she competes in the Palm to Pines will win her first Women’s title.

Men’s Rankings

(Click here for the full rankings)

      Points
Pos First Name Last Name Title Non-Title Total
1 Hank Mcgregor 2996 499 3495
2 Jasper Mocke 2992 499 3491
3 Dawid Mocke 2986 496 3482
4 Mackenzie Hynard 2982 495 3477
5 Oscar Chalupsky 2964 497 3461
6 Mark Anderson 2928 498 3426
7 Nicolas Lambert 2918 495 3413
8 Lee Furby 2768 488 3256
9 Maurizio Tognacci 2614 469 3083
10 Michael Mckeogh 2588 466 3054
11 Patrick Langley 2408 472 2880
12 Shaun Rice 2850 0 2850
13 Colin Simpkins 2714 0 2714
14 Sean Rice 1998 500 2498
15 Kenneth Rice 1994 500 2494
16 Austin Kieffer 1990 497 2487
17 Kyle Friedenstein 1982 498 2480
18 Joshua Fenn 1952 498 2450
19 Ian Black 1954 494 2448
20 Bevan Manson 1954 491 2445

Women’s Rankings

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      Points
Pos First Name Last Name Title Non-Title Total
1 Kyeta Purchase 2984 498 3482
2 Hayley Nixon 2994 0 2994
3 Rachel Clarke 2000 500 2500
4 Michelle Burn 2000 500 2500
5 Teneale Hatton 1996 500 2496
6 Nikki Russell 1990 499 2489
7 Angie Le Roux 1988 500 2488
8 Tricia Gilbert 1974 499 2473
9 Wendy Reyntjes 1990 0 1990
10 Jenna Ward 1984 0 1984
11 Tegan Fraser 990 500 1490
12 Chloe Bunnett 990 499 1489
13 Amaia Osaba Olaberri 992 495 1487
14 Sara Rafael 988 499 1487
15 Sally Wallick 992 495 1487
16 Tamlyn Bohm 988 498 1486
17 Kirsten Flanagan 988 497 1485
18 Ana Swetish 990 494 1484
19 Sharon Armstrong 988 493 1481
20 Heather Nelson 984 497 1481

 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 15:38 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Older brother, younger brother; younger brother, older brother – if you weren’t a sibling you weren’t on the podium!  The South African brothers dominated in Canada this weekend – too bad Teneale Hatton, winner of the women’s race, didn't  have a sister there…

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:33 | Category : Latest Surfski News

The West Coast Downwinder was run and won over the weekend and despite lackluster downwind conditions it turned out to be a great afternoon for all involved. The event lived up to the pre-race hype and paddlers were greeted with calm, hot, flat, grind conditions for the 17-kilometer event. Over 100 paddlers took to the start line and a blistering pace was set early on. 

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 11:54 | Category : Latest Surfski News

New Zealand’s National Ocean Racing Championship once again graces the Surfski World Series on the 7th March 2015, after a hiatus of a few years. International paddling greats have used this event to pick up some much sought after points in order to determine the best marathon distance surfski paddler in the world, and last year’s winner South African Dawid Mocke (3 X World Champion) was no exception. 

Wednesday, 05 March 2014 09:34 | Category : Latest Surfski News

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 ocean racing title event, and is rumoured to have some of the planets finest paddle-weilding atheletes lining up to smash it out in this year's event on the iconic Auckland-Waiheke Island course.


Race Details

The predominant spring SW’s and late summer NE’s make this a logical choice for an Auckland-to-Waiheke or Waiheke-to-Auckland course respectively. Last year I clocked 24.29km on my Garmin over the same course, which again will be held between Waiheke Island's picturesque Matiatia Bay and Birkenhead Wharf in Auckland's inner harbour. For the first time in many years, this event has lost it's standing on the World Surfski Series, meaning the door is wide open for a New Zealand based downwind event on the series calendar for future years! 

Course

 The 24.29km course between Waiheke Island and the Auckland harbour, on the Hauraki Gulf:Prone to strong SW's and the odd NE weather system.

Who?

Dawid Mocke and Cory Hill (current 2014 World Surfski Series second and thrid placed respectively) are both starters at this early stage. Local boy, Mike Walker, Olympian and multiple previous King Of The Harbour title holder, was heard to have exclaimed at the recent Butty Moore race in Taurange: "I just CANT retire now, bloody Oskar (Stielau) beat me mate!", making him a potential podium contender. A number of other Australian representative paddlers and even a few South Islanders are expected to make the trip. Birthday Boy Ben Fouhy, NZ’s Olympic Medallist in the K1 1000m event and last year's victor could be a threat if his calendar allows for a show this year (Happy Birthday Ben!). Rachel Clarke, last year's Queen of the Harbour is rumoured to be using this as a stepping stone to her Molokai ascent for this year, keeping the womans rankings honest.

 

New Zealand Season Roundup

A number of local and offshore events are listed below, rounding out the New Zealand surfski season for 2014, with the Tahitian Mara'amu classic drawing the keenest paddlers deep into a winter training regime. There are a number of weekly race series, and the prominant ocean paddling clubs of Takapuna Beach (on Auckland's north shore), and the Royal Akarana Club (for the city boys and girls) have regular squad sessions throughout the week. If anybody is interested in finding out more about the New Zealand surfski scene, jump online the Pacific Paddlers Facebook Group and have a chat with the local paddlers, whether it's a boat you need for an upcoming race, or some more information on events or clubs.

  • 22 March: Great Barrier Island Ocean Race, NZ. A new entry onto the NZ calendar, and timed to capatilise on the competitors travelling to Auckland for the King Of The Harbour the following weekend.
  • 29 March: King Of The Harbour, Auckland, NZ. New Zealand's premier Surfski Event! Ferry trips and down winds on the menu.
  • 30 March: Dawid Mocke Paddling Clinic, Auckland NZ. Learn to Paddle like the Pro! A number of demo-boats will be available for this clinic day, including the long-anticipated new Flow Kayaks 'Addict'
  • 12 April: Mighty Bo Herbert race, Tutukaka, NZ. Will we see the same monstrous seas that smashed many a boat at last years classic?...
  • 13 September: The Mara'amu World Series Surfski Race, Tahiti. As overseas competitors fly through Auckland to this venue, local paddlers are capatilising on this, and seeking to establish an exciting event in the World Heritage NZ Northland east coast waters a week or so before the Mara'amu event. Watch this space!

 

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