Roland Lebeau from France has written a race report from the Aegean Surfski Race in Greece a couple of weeks ago. Aegean Surfski Race is a part of the OceanPaddler World Series 2012. All photos are used by permission from Jonathan Constantine. Read Rolands report.
Aegean Surfski Race – Athens – 13 and 14 October 2012
The fourteenth race of the 2012 OceanPaddler World Series took place in Varkiza near Athens in Greece. This was the first surfski race ever held in Greece and the third race in the Mediterranean Sea this year.
The surfski paddlers went away very quickly at the start.
There was a warm welcome at the airport when arriving, great hospitality, possibilties to rent new Fenn or Zedtech surfskis, a downwind course, very good and cheap food and also cheap accomodation. All this combined made the stay in Varkiza very pleasant.
Unfortunately the God Eole fell asleep during the saturday. It became completly calm and no wind at all. It was a windy Friday and great conditions on Sunday afternoon, but the organizational imperatives was unfortunately not forgotten. We could only rely on our strength to travel the 18 km race from Anavissos to Varkiza.
The Friday prologue allowed all paddlers to prepare and study the race course.
Jasper Mocke won the Aegean Race
Jasper Mocke went unsurprisingly to the leading position directly. After passing the island, the race course is going straight to the finish but still not the slightest breeze. Jasper put pressure to burst the group and therefore avoided any surprise if he had to lead a sprint at the finish.
Dane Sloss from Australia
Kiko Vega from Spain
Dane Sloss, from Australia finished in second place, only 13 seconds behind. The airline company that Dane traveled with had lost his paddle so he did a great race. The final place on the podium, went to “Kiko” Vega from Spain, who earlier this year finished in second place in the famous race of Riba de Sella. Everyone found the race hard, it was becoming quite hot. At times it was possible to accelerate on some swell but no real surf, so there were no time to rest.
Angie Mouden from France
The young and promising French girl Angie Mouden won the women’s class easily in front of Alexandra Georgopoulou from Greece.
Top four from the left: Dane Sloss, Jasper Mocke, Kiko Vega and Daniel Sanchez Viloria
Alexandra Georgopoulou and Angie Mouden
A big applause to Jonathan Constantine by the warm welcome and great organization. Jonathan, the leader of the organization team has a desire to do develop and attract more people to next year’s race. All competitors were delighted with the stay in Greece and will return next year.
Full results from Aegean Race
Link to the Aegean Race Web page
Link to the Aegean Race Facebook site