Shaw and Partners Forster Race Weekend
Olympian Riley Fitzsimmons and Ironwoman star Georgia Miller boost Forster field!
Ocean ski racing returns to the Barrington Coast this week (April 21-23) for Shaw and Partners Forster Race Week with two open-water paddling races, the Nine Mile and the Forster Ocean Classic and a first-class field boosted by the inclusion of Olympic kayaker Riley Fitzsimmons and ironwoman Georgia Miller, who’s just claimed her third Australian Ironwoman crown.
In its second year, Forster’s three-day paddle fest from this Thursday to Saturday is round three of the national Shaw and Partners Australian Ocean Racing Series.
Racing begins Friday (April 22) with the field contesting the 1pm Nine Mile between Black Head and Forster Beach*. They’ll back up Saturday (April 23) at 1pm to prove their stamina and skill facing the big one - the Forster Ocean Classic, a 20km enduro between Elizabeth and Forster Beach*.
An expected field of 200 will converge on Forster - men and women aged as young as 15 through to 70+ with one thing in common, a love of paddling. They’ll compete on ocean skis, paddleboards, canoes and SUPS to tackle the open seas off Forster, all vying for their slice of the massive $25 000 prize pool across the two races.
A first-class field heads to Forster with some formidable new names to shake up the established front-runners:
Two-time Olympic kayaker, Riley Fitzsimmons, who raced the K4 500 in Tokyo 2020 is confirmed for both men’s races, as is his partner, decorated ironwoman Georgia Miller. Miller launches her ocean paddling career this week and heads to Forster straight off the back of winning her third Australian Ironwoman title at the National Surf Lifesaving Championships on the Gold Coast on April 10.
The Australian Ocean Racing Series (AORS) is a national ocean racing series attracting competitors across a number of ocean racing disciplines including Ocean skis, Surf skis, Stand Up Paddleboards, Prone Paddleboards and Outrigger Canoes.
The Shaw and Partners Forster Race Weekendwill host race 3 and 4 of the Australian Ocean Racing Series (AORS) series over the 3 day event, from the 21st -23rd of April.
- Fenn and Nordic Surf Skis ‘Training with the Stars’
Thur Apr 21st 3pm
Learn from the best in the business as they take you through the nuts and bolts of Ocean Paddling. The focus in this session will be entering and exiting the surf zone and how to hook into ocean runs. This is a free event proudly sponsored by Fenn and Nordic Surf Skis
- Shaw and Partners Welcome Dinner
Thur Apr 21st 6pm - The Sicilian Forster
Join us for a welcome dinner and drinks at The Sicilian, located on Forster Main Beach. Ocean racing star-studded guest speaker panel, 3-course meal and drinks. $25 per ticket available to purchase during online entry until sold out.
- Race 1: Shaw and Partners Nine Mile
Fri Apr 22nd 1pm - Black Head to Forster Beach 13km
Depending on wind conditions this event will run either Black Head to Forster (preferred) or Forster to Black Head covering 13km. In unfavourable conditions, we will have an alternative course.
- Race 2: Shaw and Partners Forster Ocean Classic
Sat Apr 23rd - 1pm - Elizabeth Beach to Forster Beach 20km
This event will run from Elizabeth Beach to Forster Beach. Should wind be unfavourable the course will be run in reverse, use the Blackhead to Forster Course, triangular course off Forster or in extreme conditions Wallis Lake.