A few of Rockaway Olympic Canoe and Kayak Club’s members regularly travel the world and the United States participating in kayaking and surfski competitions – not only promoting the sport and representing the ACA, but defying age taboos.
Jan Lupinsky – with his new passion of surfski – in 2018 participated in the “Sharkbite” race in Florida, winning 3rd place in the 50-year-old category. He also raced in the Carolina Cup and placed 2nd in the 50-year category, and placed top 5 overall in the New England Surfski Series.
In 2019 he won 3rd place in the ICF Canoe Ocean Racing World Championships, Masters.
Jan Lupinsky also inspired Rockaway’s 2-day mini camp at the ACA Camp at Lake Sebago – for kayakers who want to improve their technique, ending with K-4 and K-2 5-km races.
2019 Italy Torino – European Master Games:
Aleksandras Ambotas, Ivan Kireev and Simon Krivor participated and won multiple gold, silver and bronze medals in K-1 and K-2 races.
2018 Montemor-O-Velho, Portugal – ICF Canoe Spring Masters Championships:
Aleksandras Ambotas and Ivan Kireev once again won multiple gold, silver and bronze medals in K-1 and K-2 races.
In 2017, Auckland, New Zealand hosted the World Master Games where Aleksandras Ambotas won 6 gold medals and 2 silver. He participated in races for age 60-64: K-1 1000-meter, 500-meter and 200-meter distances.
Aleksandras has actively trained at Lake Sebago for the past 14 years and travels the world competing in European and World Master Championships in countries like Portugal, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland and many more. As of today, he has taken part in three World Master Games – Australia, Italy and New Zealand – winning multiple gold medals, and is looking forward to the 2021 WMG in Japan!