Surf Ski World Cup Media Release

 No: SSWC0708

20 June 2007

Strong Caribbean team for ARB Surf Ski World Cup

Durban – The number of international teams entered for this months ARB Surf Ski World Cup has increased, following the confirmation of an entry from a talented team from the Caribbean Islands.

Stuart Knaggs has confirmed from the island of St Martin in the Caribbean where he works as a marine surveyor that he will join the classy likes of Franck Fifils and Ludovic Gaffin from Guadeloupe, and Federico Muskus from Puerto Rico, in a team called the “Caribbean Islands”.

Knaggs, who is no stranger to South African racing conditions, will have plenty of time to acclimatise and familiarise himself with the Durban surf conditions, as he arrived in South Africa with his wife who is taking part in the Comrades marathon.

“It’s tough for us to train as a team, as we are scattered across a lot of different islands in the Caribbean,” said Knaggs. “So we all have to follow our own training programmes. Luckily we are all experienced ski paddlers.”

Knaggs also confirmed that they are on a mission to avenge the result of 2006, when their team was narrowly beaten in the team competition by the US team.

“We were 0.85 point behind the USA team last year. This has to be rectified,” said Knaggs. “Also, because some of us are from French overseas territories, it will be interesting to see how our team rates against the French Federation team.”

France is sending a team of six , including a coach and manager   to this year’s ARB Surf Ski World Cup, the first time that a full French ocean racing  team has formally entered into an international event.

Knaggs is also passionate about helping to continue the remarkable worldwide growth of surf ski paddling.

“We would also like to promote the Caribbean as a racing destination and use the press from the World Cup to promote paddling back home,” he said. The Caribbean two race series will take place from 22 to 29 September this year.

The ARB Surf Ski World Cup in Durban on the weekend of 30 June and 1 July is widely regarded as the world’s premier surf ski event, and has won the sanction of the International Canoe Federation as the year’s only ICF World Cup Ski race.

This, together with the substantial prize money on offer, has attracted a large, competitive and representative field from the world’s most active ski paddling nations.

The ARB Surf Ski World Cup will take the form of a 25km to 30km single ski championship race, to be held on either Saturday 30 June or Sunday 1 July, to take advantage of the best weather conditions. Doubles entries are also welcome and category prizes will be awarded. There will also be over R 60 000 of attendance lucky draw give aways.

All the race information can be found at


Photo Caption Photographer Click to download the hi-res pic
ARB Electrical Surf Ski World Cup Logo  

Stuart Knaggs in action training for the ARB Surf Ski World Cup.

Gameplan Media

The logo devised for the Caribbean islands team.

Gameplan Media

For any further information, or if you cannot access the images, please contact:
Gameplan Media
(031) 764 3017