Thursday, 11 October 2018 14:00 | Category : Latest Surfski News

In a desperate all-out, red-lining sprint, the two paddlers put everything they had into the last 300m to the finish.  50m to go and Noé Pelizza surged forward, …but the nose of his black surfski ramped up the back of the next wave and he slowed – just as Esteban Medina, nose down, accelerated onto the run behind him…

Wednesday, 09 May 2018 09:56 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Kenny flew off the line,” said Sean Rice. “I had to consolidate, stay on his wave to the buoy. I knew I couldn’t give him an inch… I went hard for 3km to try to open a gap; looked around, he was still right there!” And what he didn’t know was that “Flash” Gordan Harbrecht was also right behind him…

The paddlers were dicing in the first big international race of the European season: EuroChallenge 2018 off La Vila Joyosa, Spain.

Wednesday, 07 April 2010 11:55 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Spain’s K1 marathon superstar, Manuel Busto Fernandez confirmed this week that he’s coming back to Eurochallenge.  He came fourth in last year’s race behind Dawid Mocke, Matt Bouman and Sean Rice – all of whom have confirmed their participation in the 2010 event.

EuroChallenge 2009

Wednesday, 13 May 2009 04:05 | Category : Latest Surfski News

"It's nerves I reckon," twanged Aussie Jeremy Cotter - arguably the world's best and most in-form surfski paddler.


Saturday, 02 May 2009 09:23 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Clear skis; golden beaches; rocky cliffs; flat water criss-crossed by boat wakes; no wind.  That was EuroChallenge 2009!

After Jeremy Cotter fell out, sick, Matt Bouman and Dawid diced most of the way around the 25km course.  But Matt managed to surge ahead some 4km from the finish - game over.


Friday, 01 May 2009 12:49 | Category : Latest Surfski News

The wind is blowing from the NW at around 40km/h right now - conditions are PERFECT.  But... the race is tomorrow! 


Friday, 01 May 2009 05:55 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Michele Eray is odds-on favourite to win EuroChallenge 2009 - and she's on a mission to boost participation by women in surf ski.  "I'll put your stickers on my boat," she said, "but only if you give the women more coverage!"


Monday, 27 April 2009 14:28 | Category : Latest Surfski News

There is little doubt that when the race starts the front pack will include Jeremy Cotter (Aus), Dawid Mocke (SA) and Matt Bouman (SA).  (Hank McGregor is focussing on Molokai and Grant vd Walt couldn't get a visa in time for the race.)  And in the women's race, South African Michele Eray is likely to set the pace. 

But the standard of European surfski paddling has improved radically in the last year - and the southern hemisphere paddlers would be well advised to keep an eye on some of the names listed in this article...


Wednesday, 15 April 2009 02:40 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Grant van der Walt (SA surfski Champion as of 3 days ago), Dawid Mocke (winner of the 2-star Nelson Mandela Bay Classic on Friday), Matt Bouman (who so nearly beat both vd Walt AND Mocke), Jeremy Cotter (2nd at the Bridge to Beach in Sydney a few weeks ago)...


Wednesday, 04 February 2009 04:25 | Category : Latest Surfski News

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.


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