It’s Official- 2016 US Surfski Championships- JULY 16th!
14th Annual US Surfski Championship is once again being hosted in the iconic San Francisco Bay Area. Long course starts at Rodeo Beach and brings racers under the world famous Golden Gate Bridge. With the new course that we set last year, remedy the race runs along the San Francisco skyline to another world class iconic landmark, Alcatraz Island. This adds another unique dimension to one of the most iconic race courses in the World. Ocean start, race under the Golden Gate Bridge and then along the San Francisco waterfront and then race past thousands of tourists as racers paddle next to Alcatraz to the finish at the Berkeley Pier. This course offer so much variety, it almost seems effortless while you are racing. It’s not uncommon for racers to lose a bit of focus and just take in some of the sites. Ever changing tides, winds changing almost every mile, sailing races, freighters, the San Francisco Bay always offers a changing background each year.
This is the one race to make in the United States. Each year we have racers from all over the US and from all parts of the World. The US Championships has attracted the top paddlers in the World since it’s inception. Take a quick glance below at previous overall winners to give you an idea.
The new course has us returning to the OSCS Sailing Center site for the finish, within walking distance of the Double Tree Hotel. It’s just a short walk to Shorebird Park where we have our annual Demo day. For friends and family, they can walk out on the Berkeley Pier and watch the last 2/3 miles of the race.
2003- Greg Barton USA Deanne Hemmens USA
2004- Greg Barton USA Mary Jo Gumbert USA
2005- Dawid Mocke, South Africa Deanne Hemmens USA
2006- Dawid Mocke, South Africa Tracy Landboe USA
2007- Lewis Laughlin, Tahiti Deanne Hemmens
2008- Hank McGregor, South Africa Nikki Mocke, South Africa
2009- Jeremy Cotter, Australia Naomi Flood, Australia
2010- Dawid Mocke, South Africa Deanne Hemmens, USA
2011- Dawid Mocke, South Africa Michelle Eray, South Africa
2012- Dawid Mocke, South Africa Kristen Podolak, USA
2013- Sean Rice, South Africa Kristen Podolak, USA
2014- Sean Rice, South Africa Teneale Hatton- New Zealand
2015- Sean Rice, South Africa Teneale Hatton- New Zealand