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.

photo by Eric Poulsen

Previous Winners

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

Greg Barton- 2003 and 2004 Winner

Greg Barton- Olympic Gold Medalist and 2003 & 2004 US Surfski Champion