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ICF CANOE OCEAN RACING
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS PORTUGAL 2022

The 2022 ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships will take part together with the Nelo Summer Challenge, an event renowned as the best ocean surfski race, being held every year for the surfski and the outrigger canoe paddlers.

The main race is the 19.5km long downwind course which connects Viana do Castelo to Ofir’s beach in Esposende, Portugal.

ABOUT THE RACE

It will be an open downwind race of 19.5Km, connecting Viana do Castelo to Ofir’s beach in Esposende.

The event will take place in Ofir, Esposende, Portugal, between 6 and 8 of October 2022.

WHAT CAN YOU FIND AT THE EVENT?

DOWNWIND RACE

19.5km

The Course

The course will be 19.5km of downwind, with no upwind section, start and finish in the surf. 

When and Where

The defined days will be the waiting period and the race will take place in the day with the best downwind conditions.

The start will take place in Viana do Castelo, right across the city’s center, and finish at Ofir’s beach, right in front of Axis hotel.

who can participate

JUNIORS: 15 to 18 years old
UNDER 23: 15 to 23 years old
SENIORS: 24 to 34 years old
MASTERS
: Starting at 35 and having a subclass for each 5 year period. Example: 35-39

All paddlers are automatically registered in the Open class.

BOATS ALLOWED

SS1, SS2, OC1

NOTE: All competitors are automatically registered for the open class.

LIFESAVER TOURNAMENT

0.6km

The FINAL TOURNAMENT

A 600 meter event, raced in spec skis, with start and finish on the beach.
This will be a mono class event and take place in the day not chosen for the downwind, between saturday and sunday.
So, if the best downwind conditions are set for saturday, then the downwind race will be saturday and the lifesaver tournament on sunday.

BOAT DETAILS

A mono class, based on the Nelo Spec Ski for Surf Life Saving Racing.
Each participant will be given a boat with a specific color for each race.

Course Details

The start line will be in the beach, you will have to run to your boat, paddle 300 m to the turn out in the ocean come back to the beach and run to the finish line on the sand.

THE VENUE - ESPOSENDE & VIANA DO CASTELO

The event will take place in Esposende and Viana Do Castelo

ESPOSENDE

Esposende is a strip of the Portuguese coastline, situated between Vigo and Porto and, has to offer extensive sand dunes, pine forests and woodlands, hills and cliffs, rivers and sea, all framed in a dynamic equilibrium that allow us to say: “Esposende, a privilege of nature”.
The Ofir Beach is located in the town of Fão. Extensive beach, is framed within the North Coast Natural Park. It has easy access and, from the Ofir pine forest has access walkways.

VIANA DO CASTELO

Viana do Castelo is the Atlantic city further north of Portugal.
The presence of the river, the mountain and the sea, rendered the city the qualities of excellence that delight the senses and, are conducive to a healthy and pleasant leisure time.
The unparalleled richness of Vianesa ethnography, originality and functionality of its crafts and, the cultural activities are other attributes that make Viana do Castelo an extremely attractive city for all aspects of tourism.

Axis ofir beach resort hotel

ocean racing portugal 2022 headquarter

The official Hotel for the event is Axis Ofir Beach Resort Hotel, a 4 star hotel situated in Ofir Beach, next to the river Cávado, one of the most beautiful tourist regions of Portugal.

Axis Ofir Beach Resort Hotel will be the event’s headquarter. It’s a family friendly Hotel, ideally located directly on a long sandy beach, with a protected landscape surrounding the mouth of the river Cávado. The Hotel rooms are equipped with a complete bathroom, air conditioning, satellite TV, direct dial phone, minibar and balcony.

axis ofir Price table

up to 5 nights 6 to 10 nights over 10 nights
twin/double €70 €66 €62
single €95 €91 €87

Prices at half-board per person.
Children are welcome. One child 12 years or younger pay €10 per night; a second child will cost an additional €20.

GETTING HERE

From Oporto or Lisbon, the two major airports

OPORTO AIRPORT

The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is located in the heart of the industrial north of the country, 11km from the city of Oporto, making it a privileged access point to this valuable commercial area. Connection to city centre and interface with Railway Stations by METRO, AEROBUS. 

During registration you may request a free transfer from this airport to the official event hotel.

Lisbon AIRPORT

The Lisbon Airport, providing service to the capital of Portugal, is the busiest and most important airport in the country.

The principal point of entry for travelers arriving in Portugal. Connection to city centre and interface with Railway Stations by AEROSHUTTLE and BUS.

2022 Canoe Marathon

ENJOY 2 RACES WITH 1 BOOKING

The week before and just 50Km away, Ponte de Lima will host the 2022 Canoe Marathon World Championships.

We made a partnership with this event allowing paddlers to book accommodation for both races at Ofir, with free daily transfers to and from Ponte de Lima

Enjoy both races with only 1 booking.