The Canoe Ocean Racing is another white water discipline that constitutes of long distance surf ski, sea kayak, and sea touring races. The sport is played worldwide along with the ICF World Championships held in every two years.
The fastest boat over long distances on ocean swells is the surf ski, the only flatwater boat that can go faster being an Olympic-standard canoe sprint boat. The challenges that the canoe ocean racing faces are the large waves driven by the wind, hurricane-generated ground swells and paddling in wind speeds of more than 20 knots.
Surf skisbegan in Australia in the 1900s when two siblings, Harry and Jack McLaren, used them around their family’s oyster beds on Lake Innes in New South Wales. The speed and variety of the boats made them ideal for lifesaving, and in 1946 surf ski became a part of the lifesaving competition program.
The courses may be held on any open water or open sea which can vary in length depending upon the type of the race that is going to be held. They may be of 10km to multi-day races over long distances. The races are organized in single and double surf skis, sea kayaks, and in single or six-person outriggers.