Paddle Australia and AOCRA make difficult decision to cancel the 2021 PA Canoe Ocean...

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted on many events around Australia due to interstate travel restrictions and state lockdowns. Our respective teams have monitored the...

Paddle Australia and AOCRA secure a new ocean racing event partnership between PA Canoe...

Paddle Australia (PA) and Australian Outrigger Canoe Racing Association (AOCRA) are pleased to announce an ocean racing collaboration for 2021.  Under this collaboration AOCRA,...

Canoe Ocean Racing Update

Paddle Australia, the National Sports Organisation for paddling in Australia, is committed to developing our community across each of the ICF Disciplines with which...

Strategic Plan for Canoe Ocean Racing in Australia

Strategic Plan for Canoe Ocean Racing in Australia

2023 Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships Coming to the City of Mandurah, WA

City of Mandurah, Western Australia to host 2023 International Canoe Federation Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships & Paddle Australia Canoe Ocean Racing Championships  The world’s best...

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).


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


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

Paddle Australia Canoe Ocean Racing Technical Committee (PACORTC)

Chair – Rob Jenkinson –

Member – Julie Jenkinson

Member – Mike Mills-Thom

Member – Steve Dalton

Member – Tom Armitt

Strategic Plan for Canoe Ocean Racing in Australia

Canoe Ocean Racing Championships -Official Results

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