The Season Begins!

Quick, just a few days left until the early entry discount closes for Looe, the first event of this year’s GB Oceanski Series!

There’s some warm spring weather just around the corner – hopefully – so what better a way to spend it than surfing your way along the beautiful coastline of south Cornwall? Just make sure that you remember a handheld orange smoke flare (compulsory for this year), your leash, buoyancy aid and to get out there and make sure you’re happy remounting the boat you are going to race.

From there the season moves on to Bournemouth for Surfski Show and Doubles Championship on the 14-15th May. A great opportunity to try out some new boats, meet some fellow paddlers and test your mettle at paddling in time!
The Old Harry Race – also in Dorset – is the second race of the Series, on the 11th June. Taking the fleet from Studland all the way around Hengistbury Head and on to Christcurch.

July 2nd sees the fleet converge on Oceansports’ HQ for Glenn Eldridge’s excellent Paddlefest event. This is a great event for first time ski paddlers with course racing in stunning Carbis Bay, St Ives, though this year we may see things made a bit more challenging.

Then it’s on to the real bruiser of the year – The Icon Classic. Survive the launch and your reward is Morte Point, get past that and there are more ‘interesting’ waves at Bull Point. After that it’s just the pumping tides of the Bristol Channel and a final flatwater sprint into Coombe Martin. What could be easier…

At present we are waiting on confirmation of a further series event. However there are also plenty of other events now welcoming skis – so have a look at the Events page.

Ultimate Fleet

Our nascent racing division for skis at the shorter and more stable end of the fleet now has a new name (feedback was that Cruiser was too laid back) courtesy of Ivan Lawler at Ultimate Kayaks. Ivan has kindly sponsored some end of season prizes for the top 3.

The division encompasses any ski with a length to beam ratio of 11 or below, which is intended to encompass the majority of entry level boats. Results will be extracted from the overall results to keep things simple (and to allow you to start with and then glide past those who’ve picked a boat too tippy for the conditions…).

See you on the beach!