The Shaw and Partners Australian Ocean Racing Series is back! The 2019/2020 series will kick off in August this year, and will showcase the largest and most successful ocean racing events in the country, amongst them the iconic Doctor, the 20 Beaches Ocean Classic and the Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach to name a few. We are thrilled to have the support once again from Shaw and Partners Financial Services as the naming sponsor of this year’s series.
The Australian Ocean Racing Series (AORS) is a national ocean racing series attracting competitors across a number of ocean racing disciplines including Ocean skis, Surf skis, Stand Up Paddleboards, Prone Paddleboards and Outrigger Canoes.
Updated 17th June 2019
Below is the updated draft list of events for the coming season. Please note that there may be additional events to add to the series. We will be updating this shortly.
Further details regarding the points score system and categories will be announced soon, so stay tuned.
Blue indicates Major Events.
|1||Sat 5th Oct 2019||Charles Stewart Memorial Cup||Sydney Northern Beaches, NSW|
|2||Sat 19th Oct 2019||Shaw and Partners North Bondi Surf Ski Classic||North Bondi, NSW|
|3||Sat 2nd Nov 2019||Surf Safari||Hobart, TAS|
|4||Sat 16th Nov 2019||Fenn West Coast Downwind||Perth, WA|
|5||Tue 19th Nov 2019||Triple S Sunset Surfski Series #1||Perth, WA|
|6||Thurs 21st Nov 2019||Triple S Sunset Surfski Series #2||Perth, WA|
|7||Sat 23rd Nov 2019||The Doctor||Perth, WA|
|8||Thur 28th Nov 2019||Triple S Sunset Surfski Series #3||Perth, WA|
|9||Sat 7th Dec 2019||20 Beaches Ocean Classic||Sydney Northern Beaches, NSW|
|10||Sat 1st Feb 2020||Great Ocean Paddle||Torquay, VIC|
Cancelled – see note below
|12||Sun 23rd Feb 2020||Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach||Sydney Harbour, NSW|
*** Bridge to Beach Melbourne – due to time retrictions this event will not be going ahead in 2020. We plan to run this event in 2021. We apologies for the inconvenience. Stay tuned for next year.
How the points work
There are 5 Major Events: The Charles Stewart Memorial Cup, Fenn Westcoast Downwind, The Doctor, 20 Beaches Ocean Classic and Manly Wharf Bridge to Beach. All other events including the Major events are a Series event.
To obtain your maximum point score for the AORS you must compete in three (3) Majors and three (3) Series events. You can compete in all the events if you like, however, we will take your highest points from the three Majors and three additional Series events. All Major Events events are considered Series events also. If you compete in all four majors your lowest points in one of the four races will be used and adjusted (halved) to a series event.
For Doubles to obtain maximum points the team need only compete in a dedicated Double ski event (TBA) plus (1) Major and two (2) Series events. Once again doubles can do as many events as they wish and there will be double categories in all events. This will enable paddlers to compete in both doubles and singles throughout the series.
The points will work on a sliding scale as listed below:
If two or more competitors end up on the same total AORS adjusted points then for 2019/2020 Season The Doctor event will be the deciding result.
- 1st – 1000
- 2nd – 980
- 3rd – 963
- 4th – 949
- 5th – 938
- 6th – 929
- 7th – 922
- 8th – 917
- 9th – 914
- 10th – 913
- 11th onwards – one gap point between placings 912,911,910 etc
- 1st – 500
- 2nd – 490
- 3rd – 482
- 4th – 476
- 5th – 472
- 6th onwards – one gap point between placings 471,470,469 etc
Competitor’s age category is based on the age as at the first AORS event (5th October 2019).
All competitors are automatically entered in the open category of their discipline. For example a 45-year-old Ski Paddler enters the Ski Over 40 category he will also be entered in the Ski Open category.
Competitors can only enter one category. For example a 50 year old entered in the Spec Ski is not eligible for Over 50 points and prizes, only Spec Ski and Ski Open.
- Ski Open Male
- Ski Open Female
- Ski 19 & Under Male
- Ski 19 & Under Female
- Ski Over 40 Male
- Ski Over 40 Female
- Ski Over 50 Male
- Ski Over 50 Female
- Ski Over 60 Male
- SLSA Spec Ski’s Male
- SLSA Spec Ski’s Female
- Mixed Double
- Male Double
- Female Double
- SUP Open Male
- SUP Open Female
- OC1 Open Male
- OC1 Open Female
- Prone Paddleboard Open Male
- Prone Paddleboard Open Female