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.
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.
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!!!
Patrick won his second consecutive Northern California Championships on Saturday, May 1. DeAnne, racing alone in the Women's division, ended up 4th overall in the event. The conditions were cold and breezy, with a big incoming tide and about a 3' swell.
The messy water made for good surfing on the Mako XT in the ocean off Point Bonita. Other faster, but non surfing, flat water skis had trouble handling the small ocean swell and chop.
For complete results www.wavechaser.com
and thanks to www.paddlerpix.com
for the photos.