Take a technically challenging course, add some of the world's best elite surfski paddlers, mix in a dash of hectic weather and you've got the Dragon Run - "definitely the most competitive race this year," said Dawid Mocke who came fifth after hitting the wall some 5km from the finish.…
Aussies dominate!  Shannon Eckstein in only his third long distance ski race, won the 2009 Dragon Run, beating compatriots Jeremy Cotter and Tim Jacobs, with South Africans Clint Pretorius and Dawid Mocke coming in 4 & 5.  Michele Eray won the women's race in a tight tussle with Aussie Ruth…

The Dragon is Building up Steam…

Thursday, 19 November 2009 15:48 | Written by
"The first year we had 48 paddlers, including 6-7 ‘elite' guys," said race organizer Andy Orr. "Last year we had 86 paddlers including about 15 guys who fall into the elite category.  "This year we think we'll have 130 doing the long course and 30 doing the short course. You…
Last year's Dubai Shamaal attracted a truly astounding array of paddling talent.  The best surfski paddlers in the world were there, naturally, but the cream of the sprint and marathon world were there too including the top four from the Beijing Olympics K1 1000m; ten times world marathon champion Busto…

Dragon Run (Hong Kong)

Thursday, 22 October 2009 16:47 | Written by
The Dragon Run takes place on November 21, 2009 in Hong Kong. Here’s an update from the Race Organisers. {mosimage} 

The Shamaals are Blowing...

Monday, 19 October 2009 03:05 | Written by
Amongst all the talk between the Safas andAussies about who is dominating the sport, there is a determined group of UAEpaddlers set on showing just how far the sport has come in the region when thegun sounds for this year's Shamaal .{mosimage} 

2009 Shamaal Races Lift off ** Great Video **

Monday, 14 September 2009 03:32 | Written by
December 2 is National Day in the United Arab Emirates - and that means Dubai Shamaal time: the richest, most hotly competed surfski race in the calendar is back!  Three days later the Southern Shamaal kicks off, this year a 3-man team event. {mosimage} 

The Dragon Run 2009

Monday, 07 September 2009 03:38 | Written by
The third edition of ‘The Dragon Run' will take place in Hong Kong on Saturday November 21, 2009. {mosimage} 

Paddling in 41C - Al Gharbia Water Sports Festival

Thursday, 14 May 2009 08:25 | Written by
We drove to the race through a crazy sandstorm - think looking into a fan blowing sand from your oven.  It was going to be a blast... with a difference! {mosimage}

2008 Dubai Shamaal: Portrait of a Race

Saturday, 03 January 2009 09:21 | Written by
There's nothing quite like an all-consuming global credit crises to make you appreciate the simple things in life. Things like sprawling on sun loungers, cold beer in one hand, and tasty shwarma sandwich in the other. Shaded from the sun beneath Dubai's swaying palms with 130 of the world's best…

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