The Swedish Surf Ski Championships, the Seamasters, became a real great downwind race. 40 participants from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, Bulgaria and South Africa showed up at start. Oscar Chalupsky was the big favourite to win but he chose to start in a double surfski together with Boyan Zlatarev. They crossed the line a couple of minutes in front of the Swedish surfski master Tommy Karls who won the surfski single class.
The Seamasters is held between the small cities of Arkösund and Oxelösund, about 150 km south of Stockholm. It is a 25 km downwind race. The first 6 km was the wind from the right hand side and just with small windwaves. When we turned north and became more exposed to the sea we had a great downwind for almost 19 km. Tommy Karls had an average speed of 13.9 km/h. At the finish line the sea got really choppy and for some paddlers it was the most demanding part of the race.
Registration time. Lars Ericsson, to the left, is a good flat water paddler. He bought his first surfski just a three weeks ago.
Evy Lantz from the West Coast Bad Ass Surfskiers finished in 2nd place in the women’s race.
Emma Nilsson seemed worried. Wonder why? She won the women’s class.
Tommy Karls, Oscar Chalupsky and Boyan Zlatarev is warming up (Foto: Erik Wildenstam)
And off we go! (Foto: Erik Wildenstam)
Tommy Karls is first at the second Way point. (Foto: Erik Wildenstam)
The navigation wasn’t that easy that it usually is. The visiblity was poor at times and the cranes in the harbour of Oxelösund that is the best to aim for didn’t show up until late.
Fredrik Wangler (Foto: Erik Wildenstam)
Just outside waypoint two
Total distance is 25 km. 6 km with winds and small waves from the side. 19 km more or less downwind.
Boyan och Oscar crossing the finish line. (Foto: Roland Ahinko)
Very choppy sea at the finish. Riku Ruokonen from Finland sprints just in front of Christian Dientz. (Foto: Roland Ahinko)
Ola Ström finished in fifth position. Here he is eating egg to recover for next event?
Boyan Zlatarev and Tommy Karls are discussing the race! Yes it is water in the can!
All the winners. Boyan, Oscar, Tommy och Emma.
All togheter it was great happy racing. It was a great downwind with a demanding finish. Erik from the race organizer Nomado solved the logistics of cars and skis in a very good way. They arranged transport of both paddlers and skies from Oxelösund to Arkösund. Nomado had also three safety boats patrolling the race course. Two paddlers DNF. The only problem was the navigation for the first 5 km that was sometimes hard in the archipelago. I can strongly recommend the Seamasters for anyone intrested in going to Sweden. Next year will proberbly the Seamasters be the final of the upcoming first Swedish national surfski Series.
Results Surfski Men
1.Tommy Karls 1.48.54 Sweden
2.Steffen Burkhardt 1.50.30 Germany
3.Michael Dobler 1.51.30 Germany
4.Thomas Zachert 1.54.10 Germany
5.Ola Ström 1.54.21 Sweden
6.Johan Skärskog 2.01.42 Sweden
7.Fredrik Wangler 2.03.10 Sweden
8.Jens Thorild 2.05.45 Sweden
9.Riku Ruokonen 2.06.06 Finland
10.Christian Dientz 2.06.16 Sweden
11.Lars Ericsson 2.07.25 Sweden
12.Pär Linden 2.07.35 Sweden
13.Gustaf Hedin 2.08.00 Sweden
14.Martin Svensson 2.09.05 Sweden
15.Stefan Magnusson 2.12.03 Sweden
16.Mats Berglund 2.13.49 Sweden
17.Rauli Rautavuori 2.14.59 Finland
18.Daniel Cervin 2.20.08 Sweden
19.Jens Webster 2.22.08 Norway
20.Sven Jansson 2.22.34 Sweden
21.Christer Sjölund 2.22.48 Finland
22.Per Ahlström 2.23.17 Sweden
23.Peter Svensson 2.23.31 Sweden
24.Trent Victor 2.25.44 Sweden
25.Karl Sjöstrand 2.27.28 Sweden
26.Lennart Ohlsson 2.27.58 Sweden
27.Leif Davidsson 2.30.13 Sweden
28.Björn Haring 2.30.23 Sweden
29.Daniel Bengtsson 2.31.27 Sweden
30.M aciek Chwieros 2.50.09 Poland
31.Magnus de Brito 3.07.44 Sweden
Richard Holm DNF Sweden
Torbjörn Strand DNS Sweden
Kimmo Latvamäki DNS Finland
Oskar Engberg DNS Sweden
Erik Wildenstam DNS Sweden
Anders Kristiansen DNS Norge
Joe Mann DNS USA
Joel Eriksson DNS Sweden
Conny Edholm DNS Sweden
Martin Vörtmann DNS Germany
1.Emma Nilsson 2.24.05 Sweden
2.Evy Lantz 2.40.55 Sweden
3.Sofia Bågenhammar 2.46.01 Sweden
4.Linda Nyberg 2.46.05 Sweden
5.Katri Malmström 3.07.58 Finland
6.Magda Gad 3.23.20 Sweden
7.Christina Holm DNF Sweden
8.Carolin Holmqvist DNS Sweden
1.Oscar Chalupsky 1.45.50 South Africa
1.Boyan Zlatarev 1.45.50 Bulgaria
1.Ola Olsson 3.35.00 Sweden
2. Pelle Lönnqvist 3.40.00 Sweden