Oceanpaddler World Rankings - Dawid Mocke Consolidates Lead

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Oceanpaddler World Rankings - Dawid Mocke Consolidates Lead

Dawid Mocke extended his lead in the Oceanpadder World Rankings last weekend, coming fifth in the Steelcase Dragon Run.  His lead is now almost unassailable with one race to go.

Steelcase Dragon Run

(Click here for Barbara Yendell's photos of the race)

The Steelcase Dragon Run, held last weekend in Hong Kong, saw what was probably the most competitive field in this year's series, aside from the Doctor which started the series off in Perth, Australia.  

Apart from the Australia/South Africa rivalry, the stakes were heightened by the introduction of Epic Kayaks' new V14 surfski.

The weather conditions for the race were not ideal and the paddlers were met with light winds and muggy heat.  Tim Jacobs displayed his extraordinary talent and tactical skill, declining to take part in the frantic charge for the Hong Kong Paddler Hotspot at the Nine Pins turning point, and saved his energy for his breakaway half-way through the race.  He broke clear and was never threatened, crossing the line a half minute ahead of his nearest rival, South African Grant van der Walt.

The race for second place was far closer with van der Walt (Epic), dicing with fellow South African Hank McGregor (Fenn), both of whom overtook Cory Hill (Aus/Epic) in the last stages of the race.  Dawid Mocke (Fenn) had a "flat" day and could only manage fifth having briefly lead the race earlier in the day.

In the end the top ten comprised:

Tim Jacobs AUS SS1-MALE 1 01:34:01 Nelo - OceanSki
Grant van der Walt ZAF SS1-MALE 2 01:34:30 Epic-V14
Hank McGregor ZAF SS1-MALE 3 01:35:00 Fenn-Elite SL
Cory Hill AUS SS1-MALE 4 01:35:24 Epic-V14
Dawid Mocke ZAF SS1-MALE 5 01:36:21 Fenn-Elite
Sean Rice ZAF SS1-MALE 6 01:36:26 Think - Uno Max
Jeremy Cotter AUS SS1-MALE 7 01:36:58 Fenn-Elite SL
Matthew Bouman ZAF SS1-MALE 8 01:37:23 Epic-V14
Jasper Mocke ZAF SS1-MALE 9 01:40:20 Fenn-Elite SL
Michael Booth AUS SS1-MALE 10 01:41:13 Think - Uno Max


Dragon Run Podium

Tim Jacobs claims the 2012 Steelcase Dragon Run


Notable Notes

Ruth Highman cemented her spot at the top of the women's rankings, while junior Michael Booth moved up to 6th spot overall.

It's fascinating to see how the manufacturers are mixing it at the elite end of the field too.  Nelo, Epic, Fenn and Think all featured in the top ten.

Leader Board

(Click here for the full rankings)

Rankings after the Steelcase Dragon Run 

RankingNameCategoryCountryDragon Run, Hong KongTOTALAdjusted points to five races
Series Category A
Points Interval 3 points
1 Dawid Mocke Male South Africa 508 4079 2573
2 Jasper Mocke Male South Africa 496 5051 2564
3 Jeremy Cotter Male Australia 502 3525 2532
4 Sean Rice Male South Africa 505 2529 2529
5 Dane Sloss Male Australia 475 2988 2513
6 Michael Booth Junior Australia 493 2468 2468
7 Federico Suarez Male Spain 2461 2461
8 Mark Anderson Male Australia 2449 2449
9 Bill Bain Junior Australia 2418 2418
10 Michael Dobler Vet Germany 2843 2393
11 Daniel Vilora Male Spain 2383 2383
12 Roland Lebeau Vet France 2339 2339
13 Gabe Newton Male USA 2323 2323
14 Bill Barff Vet Tahiti 448 2311 2311
15 Franck Fifils Male Guadeloupe 2263 2263
16 Ruth Highman Female Australia 451 2219 2219
17 Angie Mouden Female France 394 2743 2052
18 Cory Hill Male Australia 511 1991
19 Dean Gardiner Vet Australia 1990
20 Joep Van Bakel Male Netherland 1959
21 Ryan Moffet Male Australia 1833
22 Agustin Blanco Male Spain 1825
23 Paul Eyquem Vet France 1794
24 Walter Bouzan Male Spain 487 1754
25 Rolph Overvliet Vet Holland 1686
26 Pierre Ferrand Vet Tahiti 1634
27 Hank Mcgregor Male South Africa 514 1517
28 Simon Van Gysen Male South Africa 1512
29 Bruce Taylor Male Australia 1504
30 Benoit Le Roux Male France 1495
31 Kim Bingham Master Australia 382 1488
32 Matthew Bouman Male South Africa 499 1478
33 Dean Beament Vet Australia 472 1461
34 Luis Amado Perez Blanco Male Spain 1445
35 Leopold Tepa Male Tahiti 1436
36 Teva Mooria Male Tahiti 1429
37 Peter Grantham Vet Australia 1410
38 Nicholas Taylor Master Australia 1369
39 Garth Spencer Male Australia 1366
40 Richard Eadie Vet Australia 418 1359
41 Luis Ventura Male Portugal 1356
42 Jose Gonzalez Vet Spain 1334
43 Stewart O'regan Male Australia 466 1329
44 Jason Cunningham Male Australia 430 1307
45 Adam Fahey Male Australia 1304
46 Andrew Crothers Male Australia 1302
47 Joe Glickman Master USA 1283
48 Greg Kendrick Vet Australia 1265
49 Mark Hardie Vet Australia 1241
50 Rowan Caren Vet Australia 1219


The Races

So far there are 17 races in the World Series.  Here they are, complete with dates and links to the event websites and the results so far.

14-Jan-12 Fenn Cup Sydney, Australia C Jeremy Cotter (Aus) http://tinyurl.com/6u9ksdq
15-Jan-12 The Duel Mandurah, WA, Australia C Jasper Mocke (SA) http://tinyurl.com/7n7xubm
21-Jan-12 The Doctor Perth, WA, Australia A Tim Jacobs (Aus) http://tinyurl.com/6mv9mpy
31-Mar-12 King of the Harbor Auckland, New Zealand D Jeremy Cotter (Aus) http://tinyurl.com/ceeo96n
21-Apr-12 Defis Kayak Guadeloupe A Dawid Mocke (SA) http://tinyurl.com/bojdlew
4-May-12 EuroChallenge Villajoyosa, Spain B Simon van Gysen (SA) http://tinyurl.com/7a25kqx
20-May-12 Molokai Hawaii, USA C Oscar Chalupsky (SA) http://tinyurl.com/6txdb9z
30-Jun-12 Island Shamaal Mauritius B Dawid Mocke (SA) http://tinyurl.com/cq8k47k
26-Jul-12 ASKR Norway C Jasper Mocke (SA) http://tinyurl.com/d5j6z4g
4-Aug-12  US Surfski Champs San Francisco, USA B Dawid Mocke (SA) http://tinyurl.com/9b79nqs
01-Sep-12 Nelo Summer Challenge Vila do Conde, Portugal A Jasper Mocke (SA)  http://tinyurl.com/8jelk7c
08-Sep-12 Maraamu Surf Ski Race Bora Bora, Tahiti C Dean Gardiner (Aus)  http://tinyurl.com/9uytclv
29-Sep-12 Ohana Mana Cup Sardinia, Italy B Jasper Mocke (SA)  http://tinyurl.com/8zuc7ld
13-Oct-12 Aegean Race Attica, Greece B Jasper Mocke (SA)  http://tinyurl.com/97u5shd
19-Oct-12 Breizh Ocean Race Quiberon, France C Jasper Mocke (SA)  http://tinyurl.com/9q72zc3
10-Nov-12 Steelcase Dragon Run Hong Kong A Tim Jacobs (Aus)   http://tinyurl.com/bpxy8vy
16-Dec-12 Cape Town World Cup Cape Town, South Africa A

NB: These dates are subject to change.  While I try my best to have the latest info posted, race organisers are prone to changing the dates.  Before booking flights, go to the race website and contact the organisers to make sure that the dates are correct....  (And if they're not, please let us know so that we can update the calendar.)

Race Categories

The World Series races are categorized according to the level of prize money on offer.  The categories are shown in the table below.

CategoryEvent Prize PoolWorld Series Prize PoolPoints Loading
A $20,000+ $500 20
B $10,000+ $350 10
C $5,000+ $250 5
D $3,000+ $150

Example: An A-category event:

  • Must offer an overall prize pool of $20,000 or more
  • Must contribute $500 to the World Series prize pool
  • Is given a 20 point loading (i.e. the winner gets 520 points instead of 500)

How the points work

The winner of a race gets 500 points (plus the race category loading e.g. the winner of a B category race gets 510 points)

The next place position gets 500 – the points interval for the race.  The points intervals work like this:

CompetitorsPoints Interval
200+ 1
150-199 2
100-149 3
<100 4


An A category race has 120 competitors.

  • The winner gets 500 + 20 = 520 points
  • Second place gets 520 – 3 = 517 points
  • Third place gets 517 – 3 = 514 points

Races to count

Each competitor’s five best results will count towards their World Series Ranking

Prize Pool

The series prize pool comprises

  • The event contributions, which vary according to race category
  • $500 from each of the participating manufacturers

For more info:

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