Wild Ocean Race - Makai Cup

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We took part in an annual ocean race here in Australia on the weekend, and for the first time in a long time sea kayaks were allowed to enter.

Conditions arced up past the point where it couldn't be run as a downwind 25km race as is normal, and we went out to a can 3km off a safe harbour and back, in laps that were pretty bloody exciting, especially downwind.

There were 18 skis smashed in a field of about 130, mayhem and no little bit of skill on show to the spectators huddled on the break wall of the harbour.

Being faily novel in the macho world of surfski, there were lots of comments afterwards about how easily the sea kayakers did it, compared to many who struggled in skis that were right at the edge of many paddlers abilities in the conditions.

Hope you enjoy the video - see if you can spot the 6.4m ski being pitch-poled twice by the same wave...

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Thanks, Mark. Wild indeed! I guess that twice pitchpoled ski was a bit close inshore?

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Yes mate, the line from the turn can back to harbour was straight over a big bommie. There were several word ranked top 10 paddlers in the race and most of them took the Pepsi challenge and got through, and fast. The problems were with us mortals who also had a go!

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Great stuff! Love the faint “Yeha” that just escaped the music on the way back....
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Fantastic !!.

Looks like the main hazard was getting hit by another boat..

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rockhopper wrote:
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Fantastic !!.

Looks like the main hazard was getting hit by another boat..

Rog.
Yep for sure. When they got steep it was really hard to hold a line. No injuries on the day though.

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Here's the link to the official event video, which is about 50 times more spectacular than our effort. Pretty bloody awesome....


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about 50 times more spectacular than our effort
Some spectacular shots and a better view of what went on at the boomer, but overall not much better. Too many short clips at the start for my taste. The stern camera looking back in yours is good, gives more sense of being there.

It's interesting that the outrigger boats, with a single blade, seem to keep up with double blade skis. Or maybe that's just a well paddled outrigger and the slow end of the skis?

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The top outrigger paddlers are often in among the top 20 skis, and a bit like sea kayaks they’re really suited to this big bad stuff, especially with a skilled operator. They’re hard work though, same speed for heaps more effort.

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