SEA LEADERSHIP PROGRAM MAKING WAVES IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Paddle SA Education is currently conducting a Sea Leadership Program. Training has involved on water sessions on strokes, rescues, towing, rolling and emergency response...

PADDLE AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES VAIKOBI 14 BEACHES OCEAN RACE AS 2024 AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Paddle Australia, in partnership with Paddle Queensland, is pleased to announce that the Vaikobi 14 Beaches Ocean Race will be the Australian Ocean Racing...

2023 ICF CANOE OCEAN RACING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS COMES TO A STUNNING CLOSE IN PERTH

The 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships has come to a stunning close, with the first ever SS-2 (Doubles) world champions crowned on...

HISTORY MAKING DAY AS SMITH AND HILL CLAIM 2023 ICF OCEAN RACING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP...

Australia’s Cory Hill and Jemma Smith have won world championship gold at the first ever ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships in Australia. A 20km...

2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships Bulletin 5

Paddle Australia is pleased to present the 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships Bulletin 5. CLICK HERE to view the bulletin

Canoe Ocean Racing consists of long distance surfski, sea kayak and sea touring races. A surfski is the fastest boat over long distances on ocean swells. The challenges canoe ocean racing can face include large waves driven by the wind, hurricane generated ground swells and paddling in wind speeds of more than 20 knots.

Surfskis originated in Australia in the 1900s when two brothers, Harry and Jack McLaren, used them around their family’s oyster beds on Lake Innes in New South Wales. They would also use their custom-made boats to surf the beaches at nearby Port Macquarie. The speed and versatility of the boats made them ideal for lifesaving, and in 1946 surfski became a part of the lifesaving competition programme.

Surfskis were initially similar to surfboards, laminated in light wood and sometimes covered in fabric, but modern, lighter versions can be made from composite layers of epoxy or polyester resin-bonded cloth such as fibreglass, Kevlar, carbon fibre or a mixture. As races have got longer, boats have become longer with sharply pointed bows and under stern foot pedal controlled rudders. They are usually five to six-and-a-half metres long and only 40 to 50 centimetres wide.

Canoe ocean racing initially started with short races of about 700m, but as these boat designs developed races would begin to go further out to sea. The first canoe ocean racing event took place in South Africa in 1958, with the 46km Scottburgh to Brighton race. Other famous events include the Southern Shamaal, also in South Africa, a 240km race from Port Elizabeth to East London that began in 1972, and four years later the inaugural Molokai Race was held in Hawaii. Canoe ocean racing was the most recent discipline to be recognised by the International Canoe Federation (ICF).

2024 SELECTION CRITERIA SUPPLEMENT

2024 PA Canoe Ocean Racing Team Selection Criteria Supplement – 19/6/2024

2020 SELECTION CRITERIA SUPPLEMENT

2020 PA Canoe Ocean Racing Team Selection Criteria Supplement – 5/11/2019

2019 SELECTION CRITERIA

2019 Ocean Racing Team Selection Criteria – draft (15/1/19)

Paddle Australia Canoe Ocean Racing Technical Committee (PACORTC)

  • James Tomkins (Chair)
  • Mackenzie Hynard (Athlete Rep)
  • Quona Ross Atkinson (Vice Chair)
  • Anthony Deague (Vice Chair)
  • Stewart Collingwood
  • Roz Barber
  • Peter Leaversuch

Strategic Plan for Canoe Ocean Racing in Australia

Canoe Ocean Racing Championships -Official Results

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2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships and 2023 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing Masters World Championships were held in Perth, WA from 27 November – 3 December 2023.