THE SERIES

The Hout Bay Surfski Series has been running since 2000 and is held every Tuesday evening in Hout Bay from the beginning of October to the end of March. The series consists of +-20 races. Paddlers have the choice of two courses – a long course +-10km and short course +-5km.

Each week paddlers line the shore to take each other on, challenging the series and category leaders. Points are awarded according to your time finished.

After each race we get together for a post race drink at one of the Hout Bay local drinking spots for some prize, food and a drink or two to share our race highlights.

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Race Rules

Series Race Rules

There are 20 races over the season. The races will be divided up into 4 small series consisting of 4/5 races each of which 3 races count. There will be 2  Singles and 2 Doubles series. Singles and Doubles will still be able to take part in either of the series, just the focus will be on either singles or doubles.

The Series will be scored on a finish position points system or percentage point system.

At each race we will have a small prize giving and lucky draw prizes at the Hout Bay Yacht Club afterwards for all Tuesday Series races.

You can register for the series online to save having to fill in forms on the beach before December.

On the day make sure that you sign in at the registration table and let us know what course you will be doing (Long or Short)?

Make sure you have your race number on your hand.

If its your first race, you will be given a temp race number the race and then at the next race you will be given your own race number for the series.

Please make sure that both paddlers register. You will create a doubles team name. The team will be able to have as many team member as they want or can handle, as long as their is always someone from the team paddling.

You can’t have two new paddlers paddling for the team. We are hoping this will encourage those with doubles to invite new paddlers to give surfski a try, without losing out on their series points. Let us know what your doubles team name is.

Make sure when you finish that you use the race number that you registered with.

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SUP/ Prone Paddlers are more than welcome to join in. Depending how many SUP paddlers there are will determine how many categories there will be.

There will be a prize giving at the Hout Bay Yacht Club after each race.

Paddlers will have the choice of a long (+-10km) or short (+-5km) course. All courses will be paddled within the bay around anchored buoys.

The course which paddlers take part in the most, will count towards their overall position in that course. For example, if a paddler does more short courses than long courses, they will be eligible for short course series prizes only.

The series prizes will be awarded to paddlers / teams who have the lowest points. 

Races will start between 18:00 and 18:15

The number of paddlers in each course will determine whether the Long course and Short courses will start separately with a 2 minute gap between each start or at the same time. Paddlers will be informed at race briefing which course will start first.

All paddlers must paddle with the following equipment:

  • Life Jacket or PFD (Buoyancy aid)
  • Paddle
  • A seaworthy surfski
  • Whistle
  • Paddling Top
  • Leash (attached to your surfski)

Recommend to have the following as well

  • Pencil flares
  • Cellphone in waterproof casing

The series consists of 20 series races and a few Fun Races.

You have the following entry fee options

Option 1

Series Once-off Registration

  • 20 Series races
  • You only pay once, no race day fee! Just sign in on the day and be at race briefing.
  • Series R1320 (includes a pair of Funky Pants)
Option 2

On the day Registration

  • Race day fee of R60 per race

It's time to start your adventures

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Backpacking Trips

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Family Hiking Trips

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Water Sports

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Why Outdoor Adventure

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