Australian Ocean Racing Series

Australian Ocean Racing Series

Australian Ocean Racing Series

Unfortunately, the 2021 AORS is cancelled due to the ongoing covid situation. 

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.

The 2021 series will comprise of sixteen events 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.

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AORS Events 2021 - Cancelled

The AORS 202 series is cancelled. Please check the individual event websites by clicking on the event links below as some events will still proceed, but will not form part of a series.  

AORS Events 2021

Below is the list of events for the 2021 series. Please note that some events are still pending approval and this list may change. Keep an eye on the event websites and we will make announcements once the events are fully approved.

Date Change: The Shaw and Partners North Bondi Surf Ski Classic has changed to 30th October 2021 (previously 16/10/2)

Events are classified as either Premier, Major or Series events for the purposes of the overall AORS point score. Further details explained below.

1Sun 21st MarManly Wharf Bridge to BeachSydney, NSWMajor
VÖOST Shaw and Partners Forster Race Week
2 Fri 14th MayShaw and Partners Nine MileForster, NSWSeries
3Sat 15th MayVÖOST Forster Ocean ClassicForster, NSWPremier
4Sat 17th JulyShaw and Partners Hells Gates 38Noosa, QLDSeries
5Sat 28th AugSA Ocean Paddling RaceAdelaide, SASeries
6Sat 11th SeptThe ChuckySydney, NSWMajor
7Sat 25th Sept

Gold Coast Classic


Gold Coast, QLDSeries
8Sat 30th OctShaw and Partners North Bondi Surf Ski ClassicSydney, NSWMajor
9Sat 6th NovSurf SafariHobart, TASSeries
10Sun 14th NovMandurah DuelMandurah, WASeries
Shaw and Partners WA Race Week
11Sat 20th NovFenn West Coast DownwindPerth, WAMajor
12Tue 23rd NovDr Ben Hewitt SSS Race #1Perth, WASeries
13Thur 25th NovDr Ben Hewitt SSS Race #2Perth, WAMajor
14Sat 27th NovShaw and Partners DoctorPerth, WAPremier
15Thur 2nd DecDr Ben Hewitt SSS Race #3Perth, WASeries
16Sat 11th DecShaw and Partners 20 Beaches ClassicSydney, NSWPremier

AORS Categories

This year the AORS will follow the International Canoe Federation (ICF) categories for single skis (but only in 10yr increments not 5yrs). 

Categories – Male and Female of the following:

Competitor’s age category is based on the age bracket they are turning in the 2021 calendar year. Your age as of 31/12/21.

For example: 

The first year, a junior competitor can compete in the year in which his 15th birthday falls and the last year he may compete, as a junior, is the year in which his 18th birthday falls. That is they must be 15-18yrs as of 31/12/21.

A Master competitor (Over 40 and above categories) can compete in a Masters event in the year he or she reaches the lower limit of the age category, i.e. can compete in the 40-49 age group in the year of his or her 40th birthday.  That is they must be 40-49 as of 31/12/21.

All competitors are automatically entered in the Open Ski category of their discipline. For example a 45-year-old Ski Paddler enters the Over 40 Ski (40-49yrs) category he will also be entered in the Open Ski category. 

Competitors can only enter one category. For example a 50 year old entered in the SLSA Ski is not eligible for Over 50 Ski (50-59yrs) points and prizes, only SLSA Ski and Open Ski.

Series Points

The events are rated as Premier, Major and Series (as outlined in the list above).

To get maximum points competitors will need to do 8 events. 

    2 x Premier
    3 x Major
    3 x Series

Premier events can be used as Major events and Major as Series events and the points adjusted accordingly (halved). You would only do this if you have the required amount of races in the higher rating.

Premier events have double points to a Major event and Major events are double points on Series events. You can use your Premier events as a Major event and Major event as Series event points.  They will be halved if used as the lesser rated event.

To obtain your maximum point score for the AORS you must compete in two Premier, three Major events and three Series events. You can compete in all the events if you like, however, we will take your highest points from two Premier, three Major and three Series events. 

****If two or more competitors end up on the same total AORS adjusted points then for The Doctor event will be the deciding result.

**** If we are forced into a lockdown situation because of Covid where two or more states cannot travel, the current leaders of the series in the various categories will be deemed the winners and place getters for the AORS season. 


1st – 2000
2nd – 1960
3rd – 1926
4th – 1898
5th – 1876
6th – 1858
7th – 1844
8th – 1834
9th – 1828
10th – 1826
11th onwards – two point gap between places 1824, 1822, 1820 etc


1st – 1000
2nd  – 980
3rd – 963
4th – 949
5th – 938
6th – 929
7th – 922
8th – 917
9th – 914
10th – 913 
11th onwards – one point gap 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


Sat 27th Nov

Shaw and Partners 20 Beaches Ocean Classic

Sydney, NSW

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