Pat, Noah and Reece (team mascot) leaving for Dubai and South Africa. Philippe is already there. Check back here for updates to the races.
Ocean Paddlesports is heading North. Please stop by and say hello and meet Dawid Mocke, Barry Lewin and Dean Gardiner. Barry and Dean's clinics are full but Dawid will be with Patrick at our demo day to answer any questions you might have. Try out the best skis in the world and get your gear. Even though the demo day says 12-4 on the champs web site, Patrick will be there from 9am.
Fenn paddlers decend on Oahu. Good luck to all racers on Sunday. Fenn Elite, Mako 6 and Xt along with Custom Kayaks Synergy available this week to demo and for purchase right after the race. $3000 Elite, XT and Synergy Lite, $2500 Mako 6....All skis carbon vacum. Email me for Patrick's contact info if you are interested, otherwise we load them up and bring them back for the mainland paddlers to snag a good deal. Pat has 1 new Jantex paddle on Oahu too..try his, buy yours.
San Fransicso was cold, rainy and breezy so a great day to test the new Synergy. Overall impressions from Patrick were that it was so stable in the messy water, and obviously fast enough to win the race. Second place went to Chris Stout on his new Mako Elite..followed by local favorites Carter Johnson and Dave Jenson. Day 2 is cancelled due to the extreme weather forcast.
With the amount of inquiries I am getting, it's not too soon to take reservations for skis in Hawaii for the Molokai. With Fenn skis dominating the world cup circut last year and so far this fall, we have to make plans now to have skis available. Looks like we will have about 10 Fenn Elites and 15 Mako 6s, and a few Mako XTs, all carbon vacum. Rental will stay the same as last year.... $500 for 7-10 days prior to and including the race. We hate to charge so much, but Ocean Paddlesports has to ship a full trailer there and back so rentals just cover that exspense. Contact DeAnne to make a reservation.
Congratualations to South African Steve Woods for winning the Phatwater race Saturday, October 11. 40 miles on the Mississippi...in 3 hours 53 minutes...unofficial. Steve broke the previous record and won the cash prize of $2000 for an under 4 hour achievement.....Well done Steve! And...well done for not breaking, cracking, sinking or otherwise dinging the mako 6. See you in New York!
Dawid and Hank racing at the turn buoy. To view the entire sequence go here http://www.oceanpaddlesports.com/site/index.php/gallery/c32/
Great weekend for Fenn and Team Oceanpaddlesports...
Top 3...Hank, Dawid and Steve...Patrick 5th, Nikki 8th and 1st place women by miles, Erik 6th, Noah 9th. Eva first in the short course.
First place doulbes, mixed doubles and relay...Go Fenn Go.
My full race report will follow with a race summery from my perspective on the beach (shoulder injury) and some outstanding John Brownlee photos.
I was bummed to say the least not to race more than 20 minutes this weekend, but thrilled to be a part of such a great event with fantastic people. Right on Billy and Tracy..we are all full kit!!!