Surf Kayaking is the fun, addictive and dynamic sport of riding a wave just like a surfboard rider does using a specifically designed fast and maneuverable Kayak. Possible manoeuvres include bottom turns, top turns, cutbacks, floaters, re-entries, late takeoffs, barrels and aerials and paddlers can have just as much fun in small surf as they can in big!
There are two types of surf kayak – the International class (kayaks 3metres or longer, measured on a horizontal plane) and the High Performance class (kayaks 2.75m or under, measured on a horizontal plane). These kayaks are made from plastic, fiberglass, carbon or carbon kevlar. High Performance surf kayaks also have three fins, which can be moved to suit the type of surf you are riding and the types of manoeuvres you are trying to perform. This combined with the performance hull shape provides dynamic speed and control across a wave. Most surf kayaks are “Sit In” style using a Spraydeck to keep the water out and a seat belt system to give the paddler better finite control. There is also a High Performance Sit On Top Surf Kayak for those that feel more comfortable being able to jump off.
In surf kayaking you are trying to be very active in boat. Your body is the power source and your paddle is the pivot point. You want to explode your moves from within the boat with good core strength and the drive of your body rotation for control, balance, trim, speed and carving. You look to where you want to be on the wave and drive the boat there with rail-to-rail movements and timing on the wave rather than paddle strokes.
A World Championship Competition is held every two years. Top ranked surf kayakers from each country qualify to compete in team and individual events. Categories include Mens, Womens, Juniors, Masters and Grand Masters. The competition is run in 20min heats of approximately four people. A panel of judges undertakes scoring using the same criteria as a board surfing competition awarding points for wave size, paddler speed, power and flow of manoeuvres.
You can check out more information on Surf Kayaking Equipment and Skills Courses at www.surfkayaks.com.au
BIG4 Bungalow Park on Burrill Lake, Princes Highway, Burrill Lake, New South Wales, Australia
Hosted by Makai Paddlers (hosts of the Award Winning PNSW Event of the Year - 2016)
Final Race of the Series, and the Awards & Presentation Dinner.
8:00am Junior (kids) and SUP races
11:15am Marathon Race Briefing
11:45am Div 7 start
12:00noon Other starts Divs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 (note Div 1 + 2 start may be combined)
5:00pm Season Awards Presentation
6:00pm Dinner commences
6:00pm onwards - live music - either a real band or a choir convened by the Committee and comprising the noisiest paddlers from 2017 season :)
To Enter this event, and to purchase your Tickets to the Awards Dinner, click HERE
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To see who has entered, click HERE
Once again the Big River Canoe Club will play host to the 2017 Clarence 100 held from the 20th October until 22nd October in the Clarence Valley Northern NSW.
Grown from humble beginnings this community paddle event classified now as both competitive and social will provide the paddler a three-day experience paddling the mighty Clarence from Copmanhurst to Yamba. All paddling will finish by lunch time daily allowing the paddler and support crews the opportunity to enjoy the local hospitality provided by hotels and restaurants along the way. There are plenty of accommodation options catering for varying price ranges. The event culminates in a finishers lunch held at the Yamba Surf Club on the final day. The event debrief will be held at the iconic Pacific Hotel on the Sunday evening. This event is becoming the most talked about new event on the paddling calendar because of its great format and beautiful stretch of waterways. The proceeds support the local junior sporting initiatives in the valley. For more detail and registration go to www.clarence100.com.au
Get on the Facebook page “The Clarence 100” for a better understanding of this great event. Contact Ben Sullivan 0433155953 (Event Coordinator) or Gavin Rayward 0467819769 (Big River Canoe Club) for further info.