Warmer weather is beginning to bring out the action.
Events: The East Coast PaddleSports and Outdoor Festival will kick off this Friday April 15th in Charleston, South Carolina. The festival will feature a host of activities and opportunities to take on. Some featured events include Greenland Games, Sea Kayak Symposium, Mountain Bike Race, Live Music and plenty of opportunities to try out boats and skis. Jasper Mocke and Kenny Howell will be offering surfski clinics as will several other outdoor personalities.
Domestic Races: Four stateside races will be taking place over the weekend: The Kuku'ohu Challenge in Washington D.C., The MCKC Maui to Molokai, The Beast at Belews Lake Kayak Race (NC)and the Tax Relief Race at Folsom, California. Get more info at Wesley's SurfskiRacing.org on the Surfskiamerica race calender.
Industry: Nelo Kayaks have launched their redesigned surfski line in partnership with Oscar Chalupsky. The new boats are coming in shorter than what has become defined as the industry standard. The news skis top out at 18.37 feet as opposed to the usual 20-21 + length of most elite skis on the market. The shorter length doesn't seem to be of detriment, as Chalupsky raced and won the Portugal National Race this past weekend. You can see the new boats here:
Interest: Sean Rice, while in Chattanooga, Tn, for his PaddleLife workshop tour will be making an unofficial attempt at breaking the Chattajack course record this Thursday, April the 14th. Rice the two-time ICF World Surfski Champion will be having a go at the Chattajack course as part of his build-up for the Molokai surfski race in May.
Rice will track and make his results public via the newly released Motionize data analysis system. The current record stands at 4:00.09 seconds set by Erik Borgnes in 2015. The three-hour mark has yet to be breached but could very well be threatened on this attempt.