Dragon Run 2021

Hong Kong’s pre-eminent paddling event – Steelcase the Dragon Run – returned for its 14th edition on the 13th of November 2021, bringing together over 170 athletes from the city to compete across 21 kilometres of water between Clearwater Bay and Stanley. Part of the World Surfski League, the annual race was met with overwhelming enthusiasm from local paddlers including a record-breaking number of 45 rookies, plus 15 contesting the race’s newly introduced Novice Course.

Defending champion, Winnie Wong Hock Wing, once again claimed victory in the Long Course race (women’s division) with a superb performance, and Andrew Lawson took home the men’s Surfski division trophy for his first win. In the Outrigger Canoe category, Stephanie Tovoli successfully took the women’s OC1 victory, whilst Nick Scott claimed the men’s OC1 crown. For the first time ever, the race included a prone paddle board category with Kwun Ming So taking line honors.

The much-anticipated Novice Course welcomed an ensemble of emerging, paddlers to compete at Steelcase the Dragon Run. Open to single and double surfskis, OC1s & OC2s, and Ocean Kayaks, the new course was 6 kilometres in length, starting in Deep Water Bay, proceeding to Repulse Bay, and then returning via Ocean Park and the Hong Kong Country Club to finish back at the Victoria Recreation Club in Deep Water Bay.

“Overall the three races were extremely successful being contested on a stunning day with good swell and favourable winds,” said Bruce Seymour, Steelcase the Dragon Run race director. “Ocean paddling has grown immensely in popularity over the last two seasons and we are delighted to see so many first timers competing and challenging themselves.”

Uli Gwinner, contesting paddler and regional president of Steelcase Asia Pacific, said: “We were delighted to be part of the Dragon Run once again, helping to provide athletes an opportunity to challenge themselves whilst bringing people close to nature. It is particularly exciting to see the community of this exhilarating sport continue to grow. The overwhelming enthusiasm from paddlers pays testimony to people’s love for this city’s beautiful waterscape, and we hope that the race will continue to help drive awareness of the importance of protecting our marine environment.”

This year, Steelcase the Dragon Run has continued to support Plastic Free Seas, a Hong Kong-based environmental charity focused on changing the way people view and use plastics through education. For more information: https://www.plasticfreeseas.org/donate/

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