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South African Double at ICF Ocean Racing World Championships in Lanzarote

July 9th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “South African Double at ICF Ocean Racing World Championships in Lanzarote”

The incredible depth in South African canoe ocean racing was on full display in Lanzarote on Sunday as the country snared the gold medal in both the men’s and the women’s ICF world championship races.

Two-time world championship silver medalist Michelle Burn finally broke through for a win in the women’s race, while teammate Nicolas Notten added his name to a long list of South African men to win world championship medals by taking a comfortable gold.

Burn reaped the benefit of a decision to race closer to shore than the rest of the women’s field, emerging well clear of USA’s Ana Swetish and Spain’s Judit Verges Xifra.

In the men’s race, Notten was involved in an early tussle with Germany’s Gordan Harbrecht, but cleared out after just two kilometres to open up an unassailable lead on the rest of the field.

Burn said just getting to Spain for the race was an enormous challenge because of Covid restrictions. Several leading athletes were unable to travel.

“We weren’t sure if we were going to be able to get here for this ICF race,” Burn said.

“Coming from South Africa there was a lot of red tape, but we really fought hard and we managed to get a few of us here.”

35-year-old Burn won the silver medal at the 2013 and 2017 world championships, and was not taking any chances on Sunday.

“For me it was really really important, I trained really hard for it. We haven’t had an international race for quite a long time, and I’ve had two seconds at previous ICF world champs, so I’ve just been dying to get the gold,” she said.

“So I’m very happy with today, I took a slightly different line to the other girls, I went quite shallow, which I think paid off at the end, but not so much at the beginning.

“I just had to fight hard all the way because I knew the other girls were close. It was nice that the racing was still really tight, even though not all of the countries could be here.”

Burn finished the 26.6 kilometre race in one hour 42:09, with Swetish finishing 1:44:09 and Xifra 1:45:41.Notten was challenged early by German paddler Gordan Harbrecht, but broke clear after just two kilometres and never looked in danger for the remainder of the race.

“It’s never easy, but this is the ultimate goal,” Notten said.

“The preparation was a little bit on and off unfortunately because of the Covid crisis, and us South Africans not knowing if we would be able to make it out here.

“I just kept my head down, but I was very optimistic and in the end it worked out for us.

“I think this course suited me, anyone who is used to bigger wind and bigger conditions. Ultimately it was what I was hoping for, but it’s an amazing feeling to achieve it.”

Harbrecht finished second, while South African U23 paddler Ulvard Hart took the bronze medal.

INDUSTRY NEWS: ICF Ocean Racing World Championships Begin This Weekend in Lanzarote

July 2nd, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “INDUSTRY NEWS: ICF Ocean Racing World Championships Begin This Weekend in Lanzarote”

The 2021 International Canoe Federation ocean racing world championships will begin this weekend in Lanzarote, Spain, with more than 200 athletes set to take part.

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Many of the world’s best athletes will take part in the fifth ICF world titles, despite travel restrictions and Covid lockdowns preventing some athletes from travelling. Defending world champions from 2019, Sean Rice of South Africa and Danielle McKenzie from New Zealand, are among the athletes who have not been able to head to Spain.

The men’s field will include two European champions and two European silver medalists, headed by 2018 champion Esteban Medina of Spain and teammate and 2016 champion Walter Bouzan.

The women’s field will be headed by South Africa’s two-time world championship silver medalist, Michelle Burn, and by Spanish European championship silver medalists Amaia Osaba and Judit Verges Xifra.

Race days for the world championships have been set down for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, depending on conditions. There will be racing in senior, U23 and junior divisions for both men and women.

Lanzarote has hosted the Atlantic Ocean Surfski race for four consecutive years, from 2017 to 2020, regularly attracting the best ocean paddlers in the world.

The racing will be livestreamed on the official event website and the ICF webpage. A media guide is available here.

INDUSTRY NEWS: Lanzarote ready to host world’s best ocean paddlers at 2021 world championships

April 24th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “INDUSTRY NEWS: Lanzarote ready to host world’s best ocean paddlers at 2021 world championships”

Organisers of the 2021 ICF canoe ocean racing world championships in Lanzarote, Spain, are confident the event will be a tremendous success, in an environment safe for teams from all over the world.

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The event has been bolstered this week with the announcement of the South African team to contest the world championships, headed by multiple canoe marathon world title holder Hank McGregor, 2019 silver medalist Kenny Rice, and two-time silver medalist Michelle Burn. The July 4-6 event will signal a welcome return to international ocean racing for a paddling community starved of competition during more than 12 months of the Covid pandemic. The 2021 ICF masters canoe ocean racing world championships will also be contested.

The event’s executive director, Jose Maria Garcia Riolobos, is confident the experience of the organisers in in hosting the past four Atlantic Ocean ocean surfski races will provide a solid foundation for a successful world championships.

“We will provide the best and safest conditions for the development of this World Championships,” Mr Riolobos said.

“We do not stop believing and still working with tenacity so we can deliver the opportunity to all of you willing to compete this 2021, during these extraordinary times. »

“Lanzarote has been tested already with the “Lanzarote International Regatta”, a selected event by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) as a pre-Olympic continental qualifier in the FX, Nacra17 and 49er classes. The island is (also) hosting the Ironman Lanzarote, so we will have all tools and tested protocols to face World Championships with all due guarantees.”

Event preparations have been strengthened by the support of boat logistics and boat rental companies, and by a partnership with a travel agency who will provide guarantees for participants in the event they are unable to attend the world championships. Organisers have also worked with the ICF to develop world-class Covid protocols. The Canary Islands have very low infection rates, and strict measures have been in place to prevent the spread of the virus.Entry limits for teams have been relaxed because of the international pandemic, opening the door for more athletes to experience racing at the top level.

The 2019 ICF world championships were held in Saint-Pierre-Quiberon, France, with South Africa’s Sean Rice winning his second title and New Zealand’s Danielle McKenzie winning her first gold medal.

More information on the EVENT WEBSITE.

Wolves of Winter

November 28th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Wolves of Winter”

The 2019 european slalom season draws to an end. As everyone gradually constitutes their highway residence and resets for upcoming 2020 assortment, this short film showcases the best times that were had throughout the season. From World Cups to World Champs to really pure off irrigate joke, this years tour had it all. From one Australian to the rest, im energized to see us Aussies pushing the boundries and genuinely starting to take it to a european dominated play, I’m excited to see how far we can push it. Let keep it coming and keep the good times coming!

Tristan Carter

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2019 Green Race Winning Run

November 10th, 2019 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “2019 Green Race Winning Run”

The Green Race is one of the few phenomena I exactly refuse to miss. The greatest assortment of fast racers, the best crowd in kayaking, and one of the toughest races to keep her smooth top to bottom. Though still far from perfect, stoked to frame it all together once again to make the make. That sub 4 they are still ready to be broken, and there is no doubt it is possible. Though I didn’t get below 4 like numerous wanted to see, still fuelled to finish on top again, and mounted a new direction record. 2020 12 noon can’t come fast enough generate I am ready to go again!

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