Freedom Paddle 2020

Celebrate the Freedom of Surfski paddling by taking on the challenge of Racing around South Africa’s Symbol of Freedom – Robben Island.

The Freedom Paddle is a 27km race / paddle from Oceana Power Boat Club around Robben Island and back. On the 24th October 2020, Freedom Day, line up and be a part of a race around one of the most iconic islands in the world.

In association with our presenting partner

Entries open on 12 August 2019

The entry fee will increase as the event draws nearer.

This is a doubles event but enter now and team up later. Singles are welcome

R 490 early bird (Limited to 2019 paddlers) 29th July – 11 August 2019 – Goodie bag – Closed
R 690 12 August –  31 Jan 2020-Goodie bag – Closed
R 890 1 Feb – 30 September – Goodie bag
R 1500 1 October – 10 October – No Goodie bag
R 3000 11 October – 15 October – Are you mad? But if you are desperate to race….. (No Goodie bag)


The Freedom Paddle Doubles Series

Presented by Dunlop Tyres

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It is time once again for the Freedom Paddle Doubles Series brough to you by Dunlop Tyres. 

Each race of the series will be held towards the end of each month starting on the 26th January. The Freedom Paddle will form part of the series and the final will be in May after the Freedom Paddle.

Instead of a floating date to get the best conditions, we are going to have a floating venue. A week before each race we will look at the long range forecast and match conditions to the venue best suited to optimal surfski racing.

This series will focus on doubles but singles will be welcome. 

We will be crowning series winner so consistency counts. 

26th January - Race 1
23rd February - Race 2 - Postponed
29th March - Race 3 - Postponed
27th April - Race 4 and Freedom Paddle - Postponed - 24th October
24th May - Race 5 and Final - Postponed

steps to be eligible for the

Freedom Paddle

Do you have what it takes to tame the stormy oceans around Robben Island? Do you want to push yourself and find out where your limits are? This is a significant challenge so a few steps are required to prove your competence.

  • Proficiency

    Learn to Surfski

  • Register

    Become a registered paddler

  • Enter

    Enter the Freedom Paddle

  • Success

    Meet the challenge

We are so very grateful to receive amazing support from these great companies, clubs and goverment departments.

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