USA Surfski, brought you to by the American Canoe Association's Ocean Racing Committee, is focused on enabling American flat water, swift water, open water, and downwind ocean ski racing.

Some of the world's most talented ocean racing paddlers are training and competing right here in the United States.  In addition, momentum is building with crossover athletes and younger paddlers alike, who are quickly discovering a new passion for the growing sport of competitive ocean ski racing.   

The ACA aims to support the development of our national ocean racing community, including athletes, coaches, competition organizers, and clubs, but we cannot achieve our goals alone.   Join the movement today, and ride the wave!

News and Updates

2024-07-17: ACS Rubric, Version 2.0 Announced

The ACA Ocean Racing Committee has released version 2.0 of the Athlete Classification System.  This major revision simplifies the Field Strength algorithm, defines clearer classification scenarios and establishes concrete thresholds for each tier, and generally streamlines the process.  [read more]

2024-06-13: WANTED! Team USA Surfski Paddlers

The ACA Ocean Racing Committee has issued a call to the USA Surfski community for paddlers interested in representing the USA at the 2024 Pan American Canoe Ocean Racing Championships, as well as the 2024 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships.  Please contact the ORC as soon as possible to communicate your intention to participate in either of these international competitions.

2024-05-01: ACA Seeks Silent Auction Fundraiser Donations

The American Canoe Association is hosting a silent auction fundraiser in collaboration with the "Ski to Sea" relay race in Bellingham, Washington.  Donated items include paddling equipment and other outdoor gear, as well as instructional lessons, professional services, vacation rentals, gift certificates, and more.  To participate please contact Jed Hinkley, the ACA's staff director for Slalom and non-Olympic disciplines.

2024-04-25: USA Surfski "On the Air"

Nick Murray of TC Surfski recently released Episode 45 of the Peak Paddle Performance Podcast, featuring a discussion with ACA Ocean Racing Committee member Matt Drayer on the state of the competitive surfski movement in the USA. The conversation covers the history of competition at ACA, the ORC's new National Development Program initiative, the upcoming ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships in Madeira, and more!  [listen now]

2024-03-29: USA COR Athlete Classification System

The ACA Ocean Racing Committee has promoted a key component of the National Development Program experiment to the external pilot phase.  The Athlete Classification System is intended to provide surfski athletes with perspective on their developmental journey and their relative position within the broader competitive community. [read more]

2024-02-07: ACA Ocean Racing Member Networks

The ACA Ocean Racing Committee has rolled out a collection of Member Networks geared toward supporting various key roles/personas within the USA COR community.  Current networks include the Athlete Network, the Coach Network, the Organizer Network, and the Club Network. [read more]

2024-01-30: USA COR National Series Experiment

The ACA Ocean Racing Committee has launched a National Series experiment for 2024!  This pilot program introduces a lightweight game layer to encourage competition production and participation throughout the country!  [read more]

2024-01-26: USA Ocean Racing National Development Fund

The ACA Ocean Racing Committee has launched a new funding vehicle dedicated to growing the sport of ocean racing in the USA.  Every contribution is impactful, with options starting at $10.  Please consider donating to the USA Ocean Racing National Development Fund today!

2024-01-12: ICF COR World Championship Benchmark Races

The ACA Ocean Racing Committee has posted a list of domestic races which approximate the specifications of an ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships course.  Completing one or more of these "benchmark" races may help to accelerate the ICF's attestation of competency requirement.  Additional benchmark races will be included on the Race Calendar throughout the year. [read more]

2023-12-29: National Development Program Announcement

The ACA Ocean Racing Committee will begin exploring a National Development Program in 2024.  The ORC is currently seeking input from ocean racing athletes, high-performance coaches, paddling clubs, and competition organizers to inform the design of the program.  [read more]

2023-10-05: ACA Ocean Racing Committee

USA Surfski is now part of the ACA!  The ACA Ocean Racing Committee is focused on promoting the ICF ocean racing paddlesport discipline in America.  We are designing and deploying a 2024 National Development Program for ocean racing in the USA.  We need to hear your voice in order to accomplish this!  Please send your ideas to orc@americancanoe.net.

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