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Darcy Price
NZ Ocean Surfski Series

The Darcy Price NZ Ocean Surfski Series is the national ocean racing series comprising of the premier surfski races around Aotearoa. 

The Darcy Price series is made up of 8 events each summer, one of which will also double as the NZ Ocean Racing National Championships. A paddler’s best 3 races will count towards the series results, with winners recognised at the final event. 


With this series we hope to:

1. Promote the sport and grow the ocean paddling community.
2. Encourage paddlers to compete, challenge themselves and experience these fantastic events.

3. Showcase the amazing ocean paddling we have all around Aotearoa New Zealand
4. Provide a pathway for paddlers to improve and compete in international ocean ski events.


Click link above to see the final points and standings after all races. The 23/24 series is best 3 races.

Series Races for 2024/25 season



Tutukaka - Saturday 14th September 2024

Windy City Downwind 

Te Whanganui a Tara | Wellington - Saturday 2nd November 2024

Deep SOuth Downwind*

Tāhuna | Queenstown - Saturday 7th December 2024

*This event doubles as the 2024 NZ Ocean Ski National Champs

Paddler Virtual Champs 

Aotearoa | Virtual - 1st to 31st January 2025

Queen and King of the Bay

Te Tai o Aorere | Tasman - 25/26 January 2025


James Moore-morial “Bhutty Moore” Race

Tauranga | Mt Maunganui - Saturday 1st February 2025

Heads to Harbour

Whakatane - Saturday 8th March 2025

Auckland King & Queen of the Harbour

Tamaki Makaurau | Auckland -Saturday 3rd May 2025

Darcy Price Series and Points

A competitor’s series points will be the total of their best THREE race points. The male, female and mixed doubleski paddlers with the most points at the end of the series will be the Darcy Price NZ Ocean Racing Series Champions for that season.


Points are allocated per event based on a paddler's result. Events are weighted so that some events are worth more points than other events. Point allocation for each event is as follows:






















In the event of total series points being equal following the conclusion of the series, the NZ Ocean Racing Nationals Championships will be the deciding race.

International competitors are eligible for Darcy Price series points.


Age groups/divisions


All races in the series will follow the following age categories (with both male and female divisions):

  • Junior Ski (18yrs and under)

  • Under 23 Ski (19 to 23yrs)

  • Open Ski (Open means overall and includes all age categories)

  • Over 40 Ski (40-49yrs)

  • Over 50 Ski (50-59yrs)

  • Over 60 Ski (60+yrs)

  • Double Ski Open (no age groups, mixed, male and female)


There's no need to decide what age group you want to race- it's calculated automatically based on your date of birth (and your age at 31 December of the year of the race). Everyone is eligible for Open rankings in addition to their age group. 


For the purpose of the Darcy Price Series scoring, competitors' age groups are calculated based on the age they are turning in the year of the last race of the series. For example, for the 2024-2025 series, competitors' age groups will be determined as at 31/12/25.


Darcy Price Series winners


Male: Gene Prato

Female: Danika Mowlem

Mixed double: Dan Bremner/Claire Sykes


Male: Tim Waller

Female: Danika Mowlem

Mixed double: Dan Bremner/Amber Bonny


Male: Chris Emmett

Female: Danika Mowlem

Mixed double: Dan Bremner/Amber Bonny


Male: Ben Keys

Female: Danika Mowlem


Male: Ben Keys

Female: Rachel Clarke

See all series results

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About Darcy Price

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The series has been named after Darcy Price, who sadly passed away in 2018. 

Darcy was one of the driving forces behind ski paddling in New Zealand, founding the Auckland King and Queen of the Harbour and the Takapuna Beach Series surfski races.  He was also an accomplished anaesthetist and was well known in medical circles for his practice and research.

Most of all, he was a fantastic guy and enthusiastic paddling companion, many paddlers have fond memories of surfski adventures shared with Darcy. 

We feel that this is a fitting tribute to Darcy and that he would have loved the idea of promoting surfski paddling again in New Zealand, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy this great sport in some beautiful parts of the country.

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