CELEBRATE THE FREEDOM OF SURFSKI PADDLING BY TAKING ON THE CHALLENGE OF RACING AROUND SOUTH AFRICA’S SYMBOL OF FREEDOM – ROBBEN ISLAND.

The Prescient Freedom Paddle is a 27km race / paddle from Oceana Power Boat Club around Robben Island and back. On the 27th April 2022, line up and be a part of a race around one of the most iconic islands in the world.

If 27km seems a bit far try the 15km or 8km course.

27th April  2022

Entries opening soon

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This event is open to all human paddle powered craft that are seaworthy enough to complete the course.

Get in touch if you would like to participate in the event but your discipline is not represented.

  • Surfski's
  • SUP's
  • Prone
  • Ocean Sculls
  • Ocean Kayaks

FAQ's

What happens if the event is postponed?

The most likely reason for the event to be postponed would be due to the pandemic. With the pandemic currently easing in the Western Cape, we are very confident the race will go ahead as planned on April 27th. If the race is postponed, it will to a date in October and you will have the option to transfer your entry. 

What happens if the event is cancelled?

If the event is forced to cancelled 2 months before the planned date then paddlers will have the option of a refund or transferring their entry to the new date. If the race is cancelled with 2 months of the planned date, paddlers will be able to transfer their entry to the new date. The race organisers will also to their best to offer a full or partial refund dependent upon the expenses already incurred in staging the event. If the conditions on the day force a cancellation then there will no refund or entry transfer. Ocean paddling takes place in an uncontrolled environment and the risk of bad weather cancelling the event is part of the sport. 

Is there a window period?

No. Window periods incur substantial additional costs. The venue and staff all need to be booked and paid for, for the entire window period. To have a window period would require a substantial increase in the entry fee. 

Will the race be made into a downwind if windy?

No. Our permit is for the specific course. We are not allowed to move the event to another location. 

Do I need to be CSA registered?

For the main 27km and 15km courses, yes, if your discipline is governed by CSA. You will need to be a member of a recognised club, a member of your local union and have a full racing CSA license. You will also need to be "open ocean" proficient as per CSA rules. Speak to your club's safety officer. 8km course participants can enter with either a CSA social license,  be a member of Life Saving South Africa or be a customer of pre- authenticated commercial tour operator.

What happens if I enter but cannot make it on race day?

You can transfer or sell your entry to someone else. We charge a R50 admin fee to make the switch. Have the new person enter online, but not pay for an entry. Then notify us with your details and the new person details and we will re-allocate your entry to the new person. 

I want to paddle doubles but I don't have a partner yet?

Everybody enters as an individual at this stage. On April 1st we will open a system whereby those paddling with partners will be able to team up, provided their partner/s have entered. 

Is this a race just for surfskis?

Not at all. Any paddle powered craft that is sea worthy enough to complete the race course in a reasonable amount of time is eligible. The race organisers reserve the right to decide what craft will be allowed to enter and compete on the day. 

WE ARE SO VERY GRATEFUL TO RECEIVE AMAZING SUPPORT FROM THESE GREAT COMPANIES, CLUBS AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

STEPS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE

PRESCIENT 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.

List of Steps

step 1

Learn to paddle your chosen craft

Join a local paddling club and become open ocean proficient.

step 2

Become a registered paddler

Register with your local provincial canoe union and register with Canoeing South Africa. You will need to achieve "Open Ocean Proficiency"

step 3

Enter The Freedom Paddle

Once you are experienced and fit enough, enter The Prescient Freedom Paddle

step 4

Rise to the challenge

Arrive on race day and enjoy an amazing day of paddling

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