Epic Kayaks 20 Beaches - One week to go

Friday, 10 December 2010 08:20 | Written by  Press Release
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Jeremy Cotter won the frenetic 2009 event Jeremy Cotter won the frenetic 2009 event

Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches is proud to announce Epic Kayaks has picked up the naming rights of its premier ski race, which will now be known as “The Epic Kayaks 20 Beaches Ocean Classic”. Not only is race now associated with one of the most innovative and professional ocean racing names in the country, but this year it is also classified as an International World Series event.

“The Epic Kayaks 20 Beaches Ocean Classic” which will be held on Saturday December 18th is the final round of the Bing Lee/LG Oceanseries and is regarded as one of the great long-distance ski races in Australia. The race attracts the best of the best professional paddlers as well as hundreds of recreational paddlers.

Bigger every year

Director of Epic Kayaks Australia, Tony King said “We are delighted to be back on board as The 20 Beaches race sponsor. This is the third year in succession Epic has been involved with this iconic race which is now included in the World Cup Ocean racing circuit. This is sure to attract more international paddlers as well as give local paddlers the opportunity to participate in a World Cup event. The race has got bigger every year with over 250 competitors in 2009 and we expect to build on those numbers this year. It is great to see this sport growing both in Australia and abroad.”

Established in 2007 Epic Kayaks Australia Pty Ltd produces the highly acclaimed Epic V10 racing skis, touring and recreational kayaks, ICF racing boats including K-1s, K-2s as well as the full range of Epic paddles and accessories. The Epic range of skis, kayaks and paddles leads the world in innovation, design and performance.

President of Surf Life Saving SNB, Gordon Lang, said “The 20 Beaches has been one of the pinnacle ocean paddling races in Australia for many years.  This year, the race is part of the International Canoeing Federation’s World Series with a category which is open to all competitors.  Epic has been supporting the sport and the 20 beaches for many years and we are very grateful for their continued support and involvement this year.”

Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches

“Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches organises The 20 beaches and the Ocean Series, in conjunction with a number of our surf life saving clubs, as part of our community involvement program.  This year, the number of competitors in the series has again shown a strong increase”, he said.

“The Epic Kayaks 20 Beaches Ocean Classic” is a fitting finale to the 6 race Bing Lee/LG Oceanseries. It’s a gruelling 26km downwind race between Palm Beach and Freshwater, or reverse, depending on the prevailing winds. This race is an extremely popular event and is regarded as the best race in the country drawing in top-class competitors as well as the avid social paddlers, with a large contingent of coming from interstate and overseas.

In recent years the race has attracted the likes of Ocean paddling champion Tim Jacobs, South Africa’s world ski champion Oscar Chapulsky and Hawaii’s Lauren Bartlett and Patrick Dolan as well as some of the top ten paddlers from the Dubai Shamaal - the biggest and richest ocean ski race in the world.

Oscar Chapulsky rates the race as one of his favourite events. “I think it is a classic because of the distance and the course, encapsulating all the local surf clubs and featuring some of the world’s most spectacular coastline. It’s also a lot of fun”, he says. Last year’s winner, ironman Jeremy Cotter, describes the race as “the standout race” of the series. “The quality of racing is so great”, he says.

Qualification

The event attracts mainly ocean racing skis but also includes a category for the surf life saving spec ski. Paddlers must have pre-qualified by completing two of the season’s Oceanseries races, however experienced international or interstate paddlers may apply for an exemption. This year’s Classic also features a surfboat race which will add a further spectacle and interest in the event.

Prizes to be presented at the end of this year’s event include cash, three trips to the Hawaiian Molokai ski race, paddles, covers and ski gear thanks to Bennett Surf Boards, Ultrafit magazine subscriptions, a television, portable DVD player, microwave, hi-fi System and Blu-ray disc player, with the major prize a 119cm 3D Full HD LCD TV + wireless Blu-ray home theatre system all courtesy of Bing Lee/LG.

Last year nearly 1100 paddlers took part in “The Bing Lee/LG Oceanseries”. Now in its sixth year the series has grown from 3 rounds to 6. Competitor numbers have increased by 300% since its inception in 2005 starting with 362 series competitors in that year and growing to 1098 competitors in 2009.

 


 

2009 Video by Rambo

 

Twenty Beaches 2009 Surf Ski Race from Ocean Sports Media on Vimeo.


Previous races we have attracted a number of high-profile paddlers including Channel 7’s Tom Williams, Ironman Guy Leech, and Olympic silver medallist Jacqui Lawrence who add value to the profile of the event.

The Bing Lee/LG Oceanseries is an integral part of the ocean ski racing calendar in Australia. It provides elite competition on Sydney’s Beaches and is recognised as the premier competition Australia-wide. It allows for competition at the highest level of the sport, as well as giving social paddlers the opportunity to participate in their sport and compete against others of similar abilities. 

The series is becoming increasingly popular with paddlers of all ages and provides surf life savers and members of the public with an opportunity to develop their fitness and improve their endurance skills throughout the early part of the surf life saving calendar.

Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches is the biggest Surf Life Saving Branch in Australia representing 17,500 members of the 21clubs from Manly to North Palm Beach. 

“The Epic Kayaks 20 Beaches Ocean Classic” will start at 1 pm on Saturday December 18th from either Freshwater or Palm Beach depending on the winds. The race direction will be called by 9 am on the day and will be available on the website www.oceanseries.com.au

Latest update - $40 Australian Canoeing surcharge dropped

It is just over one week to go until race day and we have just received news that Australian Canoeing have decided to withdraw the $40 surcharge to enter the ICF word series. That means that everyone who has entered the 20 Beaches will be part of the ICF World Series for 2010. Please be reminded that online entries close on Wednesday 15th December at midnight. Entries taken on the day will incur a surcharge.

Race direction will be emailed to the Oceanseries database and will be posted on the front page ofwww.oceanseries.com.au by 9am Saturday 18th December at the latest. There will be a BBQ following the event where both the 20 Beaches and Oceanseries presentations will take place. As always there is big money and great cash prizes up for grabs in this year’s Epic Kayaks 20 beaches.

Surfboats will take part on this race and due to the distance of the course, crew changes will be allowed. There will be a cash pool for Boat Competition pending the number of crews that enter the race.


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