One year after jumping in a surf ski, Tasmania’s Kobi Mauderer is preparing for the race of a lifetime.

The 16-year-old started paddling surf skis with his dad, now he’s getting ready to race at the 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships in Perth.

“I started with my dad early last year via a beginner surf ski course and found that I really loved being on the water,” Mauderer said.

“The bigger the waves, the more fun I have…I love feeling the flow of the ocean, making the most of the runs and finding speed across the water no matter the conditions,” he said.

Mauderer is currently training with the Next Level Kayaking squad, as well as playing canoe polo. Combining the two disciplines he’s hoping will help him on his journey to the World Championships.

“I am part of the Next Level Kayaking World Championships squad, so focused on the paddling program Ben and the other coaches have set out,” Mauderer said.

“With it being pretty cold in the next few months here in Hobart, that also means some cross training, mostly swimming.

“I am also lucky enough to be heading to Queensland for a week’s flatwater training camp in July and playing regular canoe polo games and training as part of the Southern Tasmanian roster,” he said.

When Mauderer makes the big trip to Perth, he’ll also be taking a team of his biggest cheerleaders with him.

“My mum, dad, sister and hopefully my grandmother will be coming to Perth with me,” Mauderer said.

“We will be in Perth for much of the week before as well, as I’m hoping to have my first crack at The Doctor before the World Championships.

“I haven’t travelled to a lot of big events as yet, so being part of such a major competition might take a little bit to get my head around.

“But I’m looking forward to matching it with all the awesome competitors and hopefully some mega downwinds,” he said.

Entries are now open for the 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships and 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing Masters World Championships.

As a special offer for early entrants, those who register before 17 July 2023 will go into the draw to win their entry fees back, with one winner drawn every fortnight (see the competition terms and conditions HERE).

To stay up to date with the Perth Ocean Racing World Championships, click ‘interested’ or ‘attending’ on the FACEBOOK EVENT.

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