This weekend two World Surfski Series races will share top billing as both will occur in the South African conference.
The FNB Durban Downwind and Mauritius Ocean Classic will draw out top paddlers looking to notch a 2016 win.
The 26 KM Durban Downwind will start in La Mercy and finish at the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club. Race director Barry Lewin arranged the event to utilize a two-day window in order to take advantage of the best conditions.
The start appears to have been chosen with the following statement released from the director today:
"We are looking to hold the world series race in the best conditions over the 2 days this weekend. The weather forecast is for a light east on both days, with Sunday being the better of the 2, so the race director has made the call we will be racing on SUNDAY.
The race will not be an early start, we will be waiting for the wind later in the day with a 1pm start in what we believe will be the best wind for the day."
The Mauritius Ocean Classic will be back for it's 8th edition in 2016. The event often features big conditions including a finish through the break at Le Moyne.
Organizers have announced a few changes this year:
" We are pleased to announce the 8th edition of the Mauritius Ocean Classic, a race which forms part of the World Surf Ski Series. This race has already established itself as one of the best downwind courses in the World Series and also as a fantastic week of surf skiing which should not be missed!
We have introduced some exciting changes to the programme – A Hot Spot dice, a new format for the FTL Sporty’s team race, more downwinds and more coaching opportunities, an official MOC Insider race from Tamassa to Le Morne, age category rewards in the two main races and some “Lucky” opportunities to paddle in the back of a Double with a Champion."
Have a look at last years footage: