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Races - Where, When, and Descriptions of Past Races

Gorge Vortex #1 2021 (Larry Goodson and “Breaching Orca” Custom Surfski)- Click to enlarge


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See also Racing Technique

Upcoming Races

Past Races

Race Websites

ICF Ocean Racing

ICF Ocean Racing Website


European Ocean Racing Championships

The European Canoe Association (ECA) is affiliated with the ICF, but runs its own championships in several paddling disciplines.

ICF World Champs

This race was first run in 2013 in Portugal and initially reoccurred every other year (biennial). But in 2022 it changed into an annual race.

Past ICF World Cup Ocean Races have been/may be held in/at:

Atlantic Ocean Surfski Race Lanzarote, Spain (Canary Islands)

Aterra Wave Challenge, Helsingborg/Ängelholm, Sweden

Belgian Coast Race, Ostend Belgium

French World Cup - some French venue - Quiberon, Breizh, Finistere…

King & Queen of the Harbor, New Zealand

Madeira Ocean Challenge (look for race info on this site), Funchal Madeira

Mauritius Ocean Classic

Nelo Summer Challenge Portugal

Naxos Cup, Giardini Naxos Italy

Ohana Mana Cup, Cagliari Italy

Rerik Germany - Hawaiian Sports Festival

South African National Champs - Peter Marlin Race or…

Spain, Villajoyosa Eurochallenge ( EuroC. Video Playlist)

Tahiti World Cup

Trofeo Internacional Concello de Vigo de Kayak de Mar, Campo de Regatas Etea-Randa (Ria de Vigo), Spain

World Surfski League

League Facebook Page (WSL facebook page has activity up into 2022)

League Website (This website's content is quite old and appears to be dormant)

The Gorge Downwind Championships Oregon/Washington

Irish Coast Paddling Championships Dublin

West Coast Express Cape Town

Hong Kong Dragon Run Hong Kong

The Perth Doctor Perth

20 Beaches Sydney

Race Support

This is a fairly new kind of support for prominent races, but for many paddlers these may make participation in a bucket list type of race in a foreign location either possible or just relatively trouble free in terms of what can sometimes be fairly involved logistics.

  • Sydney Harbour Surf Club - look at their paddle trip listings
  • World Paddle - look at their travel menu, includes race packages for Molokai (M2O), the Doctor, the Old Woman, Hells Gates 38, the Makai Cup

On Land Racing

Erg Racing

Sydney Open Water & Harbor Series 2014