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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 11:25 | Category : Latest Surfski News

The weather sites are forecasting a moderate westerly wind for the ICF Ocean Racing World Championships tomorrow. We look at the forecast wind, waves, tides and currents and what this all means for the paddlers…

Monday, 09 September 2019 16:18 | Category : Latest Surfski News

The race organizers have just issued the provisional program and race course for the next few days in Quiberon, France where the 2019 ICF Ocean Racing World Championships are about to take place.  Here's what you need to know.

Where is it?

The event is being held near Quiberon, which is located on the southern part of the Quiberon peninsula in Brittany, France.

(The area is packed with maritime history, including the Battle of Quiberon Bay, 20 Nov 1795, between the French and British navies and an abortive invasion by French Royalists, assisted by the British Navy during the French Revolution.)

Winters are notoriously long and cold and Atlantic gales regularly smash the coastline… This isn’t an area noted for winter paddling!  But in summer it’s warmer and the exposure to the open ocean means that there’s almost always movement in the water, making for challenging, technical conditions. Given the location of the islands and the Quiberon peninsula, race organizers have a number of course options to choose from in order to create as much downwind conditions as possible.

2019 ICF Ocean Racing Championships Course

The organizers announced this morning (Monday) that the World Championship race will most likely take place on Wednesday, with the start some time after 2pm, when the maximum wind is forecast. The wind drops off on Thursday and Friday, the alternate days in the event waiting period.

The Masters race will take place on Thursday.

Both races will use the same course from the Gâvres Beach to Pentièvre Beach, just to the north of Quiberon itself.

course

NB: If the forecast changes over the next day or two, the course and program could change too!

Who’s Racing?

The Who’s Who of the surfski world will be lining up on Wednesday and an international crowd of masters paddlers on Thursday.

The 27 countries represented include: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Mauritius, The Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sweden, The Netherlands Antilles, Tahiti and the United States.

You can download the full list of entries here:

2019 MOC

Cory Hill (Aus), the defending World Champion, Gordan Harbrecht (Ger) and Hank McGregor (RSA) at the Mauritius Ocean Classic in July this year

Who’s going to dominate?

I think the conditions are going to be technically challenging, with small runs coming in over the paddlers’ right shoulders.

With moderate wind, and small waves, the paddlers are going to have to work the runs, accelerating left and then working right in order to stay on course. There probably won’t be much paddles-down surfing.

The paddlers with the most open ocean experience will have an advantage in the conditions and that inevitably means the Australians, South Africans and New Zealanders (especially in the women’s race).

Both the previous men’s and women’s champions are present to defend their titles: Cory Hill (Aus) and Hayley Nixon (RSA), but they have plenty of competition…

  • Hank McGregor (RSA) came second in the 2017 World Champs in Hong Kong and beat Cory Hill in Mauritius a couple of months ago. The World Championships is just about the only title that McGregor hasn’t one, and he’d love to take this one.
  • Mackenzie Hynard (Aus) came second behind Cory Hill at the Perth Doctor.
  • Kenny Rice (RSA) won the under-23 title in Hong Kong and won both the Canadian Downwind Champs and the Gorge Downwind Champs in the USA earlier this year.
  • Tom Norton (Aus) took the Nelo Summer Challenge title in July, winning both the men’s race and the overall bonus prize.
  • Gordan Harbrecht (Ger) put on an outstanding performance in Mauritius in July, coming second to Hank McGregor (and beating Cory Hill) in a sprint finish.
  • Sean Rice (RSA) won the first ICF World Champs in 2013. 
  • Plenty of other talent from France, Portugal, Spain, Australia, South Africa and many other countries…

hayley nixon

Defending Champion Hayley Nixon (centre) in Quiberon

The women’s race should be a huge tussle up front:

  • Defending champion Hayley Nixon (RSA) won the Mauritius Ocean Classic convincingly in July this year.
  • Teneale Hatton (NZ) won both the Canadian Downwind Champs and the Gorge Downwind champs his year.
  • Georgia Laird (Aus) came second in the Molokai Challenge this year, beating Hayley Nixon into 3rd position.
  • Angie Le Roux (Fra) knows this section of the French coast well – having won the Breizh Ocean Race in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018!
  • Bridgette Hartley (RSA), Nicole Birkett (RSA), Bianca Beavitt (RSA), Sara Rafael (POR), Rachel Clarke (NZ), Judit Verges (ESP), Amaia Osaba (ESP) will also be keeping the front runners honest… what a race it’s going to be!

Angie Le Roux

When the race isn't the World Champs, it's know as the Breizh Ocean Race - and Angie Le Roux has won it 4 out of the last 5 years - and won the inaugural event back in 2010 in massive conditions.  She knows this area like the back of her hand...

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

(Click here for the full rankings)

      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

 

Sunday, 19 November 2017 17:56 | Category : Latest Surfski News

A grinding upwind into steep chop; a side-on, 2m diagonally-side-on swell that needed huge power to catch, and some smooth, clean runs to the finish… 

After the disappointing weather for the women’s championship on Saturday, the NE monsoon delivered – in spades – on Sunday, 19 Nov for the men’s event of the third ICF Ocean Racing World Championships. 

Saturday, 18 November 2017 10:24 | Category : Latest Surfski News

After a week of monsoon winds and rough seas, race day arrived with the worst possible conditions for the 3rd ICF Ocean Racing World Championships – windless, flat and muggy… Capricious Mother Nature!  But in racing, you work with what you get, and at least the flat seas offered some reassurance to the less experienced among the competitors.

Friday, 17 November 2017 15:17 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Here are some basic facts that’ll help you to visualise what’s going down on Saturday and Sunday in Hong Kong, when the women’s and men’s ICF Ocean Racing World Championships take place.

Saturday, 13 July 2013 15:50 | Category : Latest Surfski News

For the first time ever, in the history of surfski paddling, White Hot Media brings us all live video streaming of the inaugural ICF Ocean Racing World Championships in Porto, Portugal.  

Monday, 17 June 2013 15:15 | Category : Latest Surfski News

…to help bring live streaming of the event to life.  It’s easy: all you have to do is subscribe to the White Hot Media Youtube channel.

Sunday, 27 May 2012 09:39 | Category : Latest Surfski News

The International Canoeing Federation is planning to hold an Ocean Racing World Championships race in 2013 – in Portugal.

 

Friday, 10 December 2010 08:20 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches is proud to announce Epic Kayaks has picked up the naming rights of its premier ski race, which will now be known as “The Epic Kayaks 20 Beaches Ocean Classic”. Not only is race now associated with one of the most innovative and professional ocean racing names in the country, but this year it is also classified as an International World Series event.

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