Jens Webster participated in the Oslo Surfski Challenge. Read his race report:
The wind and the waves did not show up and that was probably the main reason why many paddlers did not show up as well. At the start, we were 13 paddlers who sprinted away in the beautiful fall weather.
We were not many but the speed was great. The field stretched out quickly. The Olympic Gold medalist Eirik Verås Larsen took the lead after about 5 km and then he stayed in that position throughout the race. It was a hard race and you got nothing for free, but those who were really good could find some surf at the swell made by recreational boats that passed by farther out in the Fjord. The Course was changed from 17 km downwind cours to a circuit racing course at about 14 km in 3 laps. Due to this I had the pleasure of meeting Eirik frequently and I’m impressed by how easy it looks and how fast he can paddle.
Afterwards it was a very nice mingle on the pier with barbecue organized by the Oslo Kayak Club (OKK). Next year will hopefully the wind and the waves be back aswell as many more paddlers. This is a great arrangement that really deserves more paddlers.