Dragon Run 2007 Race Report - Photos + Results

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The Dragon has roared!  The inaugural Hong Kong Dragon Run was a great success by all accounts - perfect conditions, tough competition, brilliant organisation...

Dawid Mocke Dragon Run Surf Ski
Dawid Mocke wins the 2007 Dragon Run (Pic: Graham Uden)

 

Tactics, Ships, Waves...

When Billy Harker, race director (and the commentator for our live race coverage) said that Dawid had taken a deep line after the Fenn Hotspot buoy, Mocke fans all over the world must have wondered why.  The answer was simple: Dawid had done his homework over the previous few days.  "I knew that was where the fastest water was!" he said afterwards.

Dawid's race went exactly according to plan.  "I knew Ken Wallace from Australia was going to be fastest off the line at the beginning and I just tried to stay with him on the way out," he said. 

The bumpy conditions were to his liking and he passed Ken well before the Fenn Hotspot, creating a considerable lead by the time he reached the buoy first to win the $1000 hotspot prize.

Then came the downwind leg and he took the deeper line and extended his lead.  "I wanted a lead on Lewis Laughlin coming into the flat," he said.  Tahitian Lewis has a formidable reputation for his speed on flat water.  The last time he and Dawid raced together at the 2007 Molokai Challenge, Lewis overtook Dawid late in the race to win - on flat water.

By the time he reached "Satellite Bay" some 7km from the finish Dawid had a lead of some 1:15 on Lewis.  In the smoother water Lewis made up some ground, but Dawid crossed the line 52 seconds ahead of his rival - his tactics playing off to perfection.

In the post-race interview, Dawid dedicated the race to his wife Nikki and said the US$5000 and the US$1000 Fenn Hotspot bonus would be going to Nikki's Olympic campaign.  (Nikki has qualified for the Beijing Olympics in K4.)

Lewis

Lewis was full of praise for the other paddlers, singling out the veterans Oscar Chalupsky and Dean Gardiner.

"I just tried to hang on," he said. "Dawid was strong the whole way; he deserved his win."

Oscar

Oscar enjoyed the course.  "The wind had died a bit," he said, "but there were bumps the whole way.  I found the last 6km just too hard.  I tried to catch Lewis but left it too late."

Oscar was on an inside line near the start of the downwind leg when a passenger ship passed in front of him.  Dean Gardiner, who was with him at the time, turned to go around the back of the ship.  Oscar elected to slow down and wait for it to go past, but he hadn't counted on the massive wake that it was pushing up.

"The wave was huge," he said, "like a six foot shore break!  It broke right over me." 

He had to work hard to catch up to Dean and rode his wake for a while before dropping him to attack Lewis.  He'd left it too late and finished the race in third position.

"It was a good training session," he said.


Race Photos

The magnificent photos below were taken by the race photographer, Graham Uden.   Enjoy! 

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Graham's website is at: http://www.grahamuden.com and he can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


Official Results

 

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Place

Name

Country

Race No.

SS/OC

Time

1

Dawid Mocke

Sth Africa

0

Fenn Mako6

1:46:30

2

Lewis Laughlin

Tahiti

4

Fenn Mako6

1:47:25

3

Oscar Chalupsky

Sth Africa

1

Epic V10 Elite

1:48:25

4

Dean Gardner

Aust

6

Fenn Mako6

1:48:59

5

Ken Wallace

Aust

9

Fenn Mako6

1:49:45

6

Bevan Manson

Sth Africa

5

Epic V10 Ultra

1:51:24

7

Michael Baker

Aust

64

Honcho Oceans Pro

1:51:30

8

David Provan

Aust

62

Fenn Mako6

1:57:43

9

Ken Collins

Sth Africa

7

Epic V10L Ultra

2:01:50

10

Rene Appel

Hong Kong

3

Epic V10 Ultra

2:04:28

11

Paul Etherington

Hong Kong

10

Epic V10 Ultra

2:06:25

12

Jon Dingley

Hong Kong

2

Epic V10 Ultra

2:07:08

13

Andrew Orr

Hong Kong

42

Epic V10L Ultra

2:08:20

14

Rob Wall

Hong Kong

59

Epic V10 Ultra

2:10:15

15

Scott Callender

Singapore

33

Epic V10L Ultra

2:11:40

16

George Christofis

Hong Kong

37

Epic V10L Ultra

2:16:10

17

Dan Fedoruk

Hong Kong

44

Hurricane OC1

2:17:44

18

Byron Ho

Hawaii

15

Outrigger Connection Zephyr

2:18:25

19

Andrew Cummings

Hong Kong

13

Hurricane OC1

2:20:00

20

Mark Pollard

Hong Kong

14

Kai Wa’a Pegasus

2:22:40

21

Simon Parker

Hong Kong

49

Epic V10 Sport Performance

2:23:40

22

Brian Boatman

USA

20

Outrigger Connection Fuze

2:24:30

23

John Bennett

Hong Kong

22

Epic V10 Sport Performance

2:25:00

24

Lee Mussi

Hong Kong

8

Outrigger Connection Fuze

2:26:25

25

Jason Henchman

Hong Kong

52

Fenn Mako6

2:27:20

26

Syun Sirahata

Japan

24

V10L Performance

2:27:30

27

Nick Barnes

Hong Kong

63

Hurricane OC1

2:28:15

28

Mitsunobu Gohda

Japan

47

Fenn MakoXT

2:34:10

29

Leon Rossbotham

International Man of Mystery

58

Hurricane OC1

2:34:30

30

Daryl Remmler

Canada

55

Think EVO

2:34:35

31

Luke Beadle

Singapore

45

Epic V10L Ultra

2:35:25

32

Wan Sing Yu

Hong Kong

57

Think EVO

2:35;49

33

Peter Grout

 

 

   

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