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First at the Eurochallenge 2018 - Viilajoyosa

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The Eurochallenge 2018 kick started the season with classic conditions;



We were only in Tenerife for one week after leaving South Africa before heading to Villajoyosa for the Eurochallenge. I really love this race. The town of Villajoyosa is not far from Alicante airport and with a beautiful stretch of beach, great harbour and the home of the famous Valor Chocolate makes an awesome venue for the race. We arrived on the 25th April, a few days before the race window, once we had dropped our bags at the hotel we walked to the race venue so I could set my boat up and go out for a light session. The next day Kenny arrived along with the wind so after a bit of lunch, Juan from Club Nautica Villajoyosa dropped us off in Benidorm for a 12km downwind. A short side wind section to get out to sea and then we had a fantastic downwind back to the club. I was feeling really good and my Carbonology Pulse was handling the conditions perfectly. 
That evening it was Pizza time, at a great restaurant (…

And that is a wrap. Happy New Year

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Happy New Year to you all, may 2018 be everything you wish for and more.



A quick look back at 2017, which was a great year for me, Started in May with a podium at the Eurochallenge World Cup. The Eurochallenge is in Villajoyosa and it is a great event, if you have not been you are missing out. Dates for 2018 are 28th April to 1st May so get booking.

In June I won the Spanish Cup in Cartegena to set me up for selection for the Spanish Team to go to Hong Kong for the ICF World Ocean Racing Championships. The second part of selection is later on in my season at the national championships ;)

In July I went over to England to compete in the Icon Classic, which is another well organised event and the race takes you along some rugged coastline for a great experience of true ocean racing, great to finally get my name on the Iconic Trophy. After that we travelled to Portugal to race the Nelo Summer Challenge ICF World Cup, unfortunately there was no wind and it landed up being a pretty hard a…

Gran Canaria

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We have just come back from an incredible few days in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. It was awesome to train with Club Amigos and everyone over there. The club is right on the beach and there are so many options for different downwind routes. Thanks to LivingSea for everything, click on their name and check out their website for any training camps they offer or you can get a group and get LivingSea to arrange a camp for you and your friends. Check out the video below to get a taste of what is there.


Now we are all getting ready for the Spanish National Champs next weekend. Look forward to racing again.

Live slow, Paddle Fast....happy paddling :)

Chlo├ź :)

Travelling, airport lounges and Booking.com

I thought I would write about my travelling as I am always doing write ups on races and we do travel a lot so this should help anyone else who travels a lot.

Booking.com Booking.yeah Firstly I have used booking.com 48 times, so my profile tells me. This booking site is the best hotel booking site I have used and it is the only one I use. If, which has only been once, I have a problem they do their best to resolve it. So if you want to get a discount off your first booking click on the link below and follow the steps. We will both benefit so give it a go.

https://www.booking.com/s/b0c43e15

We stayed in 4 different booking.com hotels last week and we had great stays in all of them, I am not sure who or how they check their hotels but they are doing a great job.

Airport LoungesThis is by no means an insight to cheap travel, but more a way to find value for money and convenience whilst passing through many airports. Pete (my partner) bought a Priority Pass, which for a small fee (£159.00 pe…

3rd in the Eurochallenge World Series Race 2017.

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The Eurochallenge World Series Surfski Race is on of my favourite races on the calendar. It is located in a little fishing village near Alicante called Villajoyosa. The organisers at Club Nautico de Villajoyosa are awesome, very welcoming and helpful.

This year was a difficult year for them, the wind was Easterly one day and then South Westerly and then North Easterly. Being a sailing club they looked at the forecast and chose Sunday as our race day and changed the course so that we could have the best downwind possible. They were spot on with their decision and we had a very technical but awesome downwind, just what our sport is all about.

The start was very congested but we had quite away to go with a side wind before the turning buoy and the field spread out before the turn, once we turned it was race on. It was so awesome to race along side such a quality field in the ladies race. Angie Mouden (FRANCE) was ahead from the turn and we tried hard to catch her the whole race, trading…

Tenerife Downwind

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I'm back in Tenerife after a great block of training and racing in South Africa. I was welcomed back with a nice little downwind for my first paddle. I paddle my ski from where I keep it during the winter to where I store it over the summer and it is unusual for the NW wind to blow, but it did and it made for an awesome downwind. Check out the video below;


Next week I travel to the Eurochallenge in Villajoyosa, Spain to race in a Surfski World Series Race and of course to eat some of their awesome Valor Chocolate.

Catch you all next week, thanks for visiting my blog.






Back in Fish Hoek!

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We always enjoy our annual visit to Fish Hoek. Downwinds, races, sun and beach. This year we arrived on the 3rd of December the day before the final qualifier for the Cape Point Challenge. I had already qualified but thought it would be great to get a few more km's in the bag and always good to check out parts of the course. The qualifier was a windless day with small swell so it was a very pleasant paddle, well as pleasant as a 35km paddle can be.

Then this past week has been filled with downwinds, dices and races. You can do a race/dice every day of the week around Cape Town. Oh yes and of course every downwind is a race here. Have a look at my latest video of the local races/dices and downwinds.



On Saturday the 17th of December we will all line up for the gruelling Cape Point Challenge, a 52km race around Cape Point and into False Bay, finishing on Fish Hoek beach. Good luck to everyone taking on the challenge. See you out on the water.

:)