Dragon Run - race update

Wednesday, 05 September 2007 07:54 | Written by  Race Announcement
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NOVEMBER 24, 2007

International Ocean Kayak and Outrigger Canoe Championships

 As announced earlier, "The Dragon Run" ocean kayaking (surfski) and outrigger canoe race will take place in Hong Kong on Saturday November 24, 2007.

Dragon Run Ocean Kayak and outrigger canoe championships, Hong Kong


A map of the proposed course - 27km - is attached and, with the prevailing wind at that time of year being from the NE, 15km of the course should be down wind. Generally speaking, if "normal" conditions prevail, we would expect a steady NE wind and waste/chest high swell through the down wind sections.

Dragon Run 2007 Course Map
Dragon Run 2007 Course Map

Prize Money

Our prize money is currently set at US$10,000, with the break down being as follows:

  • 1st across the line: US$5,000
  • 2nd: US$2,000
  • 3rd: US$1,500
  • 4th: US$1,000
  • 5th: US$500  

Note, the above prize money covers both surf skis and OCs. However, in the event that we receive strong interest internationally form OC paddlers, separate prize money will be offered for the OC category. Similarly, should race organizers receive a sufficient number of entries from women, an additional cash prize for the first woman home will be offered.  

Rene Appel V10 Surf Ski
Rene Appel in the lee of one of the islands off Hong Kong

Entry Fee 

The race entry fee is HKD500 (approx US$65).

International Competitors

Oscar Chalupsky and Dean Gardiner - who have both paddled and partied (quite seriously!) in Hong Kong previously - have both confirmed their participation, and we hope that a number of other paddlers from around the world - both elite level and simply those wanting to experience one of the world's great cities - will join us for the race.  

A number of Epic and Fenn skis will be available for rent at a rate of US$250 for the race week. A local distributor of OC1s is also offering the same rental deal on OC1s. We can also offer visitors the use of a limited number of surf skis and OC1 canoes through the local paddling community.

Outrigger Canoe Hong Kong
OC1s are welcome to the Dragon Run


Race organizers can recommend hotels to suit a range of budgets. In addition, a few members of the local paddling community have kindly offered to let visitors stay with them if the need arises.
We are hopeful of this race being included in the World Rankings but, as yet, nothing has been confirmed.

A race website is currently being established with the generous assistance of one of our race sponsors, Transact 24. A further announcement will be made when the site is up and running.

Further Information

If you have any questions or wish to secure a ski for the race please contact Rene at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Andy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For enquiries relating specifically to the outrigger canoe side of things, please contact James at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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