Top paddlers from Australia, the South Pacific, South Africa, Europe, and the far corners of North America are in San Francisco for the 2009 US Surfski Championships. The great competition and well-known, challenging conditions in the Bay are sure to make for an exciting event.
The course is new, but the crew behind the scenes hasn’t changed. The Wavechaser Paddle Series has hosted the US Surfkis Championships since the race inception in 2003. They do a fantastic job of organizing everything – from chase boats, to registration, helping out-of-towners hook up with places to stay, timing, and recruiting volunteers for the endless things that are needed on race day. For the post-race festivities, Wavechaser scored big with the OCSC Sailing School in the Berkeley Marina– this looks like a great place to party!
Everything points to a spectacular race this year. San Francisco’s famous westerly winds will rush through the Golden Gate, and blow us directly towards the finish in Berkeley. It’s fitting that the Berkeley Marina has great accommodations at the Doubletree Hotel, with special rates for Championships competitors. The hotel is on the water, and within walking distance from the finish line. As we’ve done for the past several years, clinics and demos will take place the day before the race, but this time at the Berkeley Marina. Paddlers with rough water ability will be able to test paddle skis in the bumps outside the jetty, or stay inside the harbor for calm water practice. On Sunday, the traditional doubles race, and the 4 X 2KM relay will start and finish in Berkeley.
They are finishing both races at OCSC.
Race 1 on Sunday, August 16
Race 2 on Saturday, August 22
Read more about the US Surfski Championships here.