Not a skating race, but winter weather systems bring on epic surfing competitions. While it was a possibility that Mavericks was going to be held this week, they opted to not attempt to hold it in this window of opportunity due to a shift in weather forecasts. But the Quicksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau at Waimea Bay is on today. The surfers had gathered in hopes of the event, with the 28 competitors having flown in (if they weren't already in Hawaii). Mavericks only gives 24 hours for the competitors to fly in from around the globe to be at the competition, which is held at a special break off the coast of California south of San Francisco. Illinoistocht should be giving more than 24 hours notice. In the meantime, here's an article about the Quiksilver in Hawaii (it's ON actually today, the article in the NYTimes was written yesterday), or check out the webcast on the link above.
Editor - Jim
This blog weighs in on topics such as long-distance skating, the Illinois canals, cycling, and a variety of related (and occasionally not-so-related) topics. I'd like to correspond with others interested in skating the Hennepin and I&M canals.