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Over Board Partnership

Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in Coaching

I am really excited to announce I will be partnering with Over Board Africa.

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I have been testing some of the Over Board waterproof products over the last couple weeks and have been blown away by the quality and functionality of their stuff.

Some of the products I have been using include:

Waterproof Phone Case

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Keeps my phone safe and easy to use in the water. For general beach use it also keeps the sand, dust and salt off my phone to which is a huge one for me with the cost of phones at the moment.

Water Proof Back Pack

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Spending so much time on the beach this keeps the sea, salt and sand out my kit.


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Travel is always just around the corner and this will house all my gear with ease.

Just this weekend I went away and got to use all of my overboard stuff in 1 day. Big thanks to Reg and the team for the support and I am looking forward to pushing out a full review on some of these products soon!

Check out their full range on their website www.overboardafrica.co.za

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Over Board products are available thought Expression on the Beach right next to the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club on the Durban beachfront if you want to view some of their awesome products too. Check them out here



Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in Racing

I have been a Jeep Team SA athlete for over 10 years and am very proud of my long relationship with such a professional outfit. The team has been an amazing system to helping make dreams a reality and in turn become my second family.

Jeep Team announced their line up of athletes for 2015 and I am really excited to be involved in the team going forward. There has been some changes in the team’s focus which includes more sports like the exciting obstacle racing and the influx of new sponsors Jeep Vehicles.

The line up is a lot smaller than in the past but wow, we have some amazing athlete onboard for the year. I am really excited about working with the Jeep Team management to get the most out of my paddling as well as inspiring the rest of the team to bring home some awesome results.

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Here is the official story from Jeep Team. For more in visit www.teamjeep.co.za


PIETERMARITZBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, January 2015 – Jeep Team SA is going to be a force to be reckoned with in 2015 as they announce a change in focus to Junior, Under 23 and Elite sports men and women by forming a smaller, more compact squad of 15 world-beating, South African athletes.

Started in 2001 as an adventure racing team of six athletes, Jeep Team SA has become one of the most successful teams of its kind, producing local, national and world champions across eight sports disciplines – Adventure Racing, Mountain Biking, BMX, Surfski, Canoeing, Multisport and Extreme Sport with Trail Running and Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) added to the 2015 portfolio with the explosion of these two sporting codes across South Africa.

Says Max Cluer, co-founder and manager of Jeep Team SA, “Jeep Team SA continues to evolve in 2015 with a whole new look and feel. The core focus will be on showcasing up-and-coming Junior athletes while continuing to mentor and work with the Under 23 athletes and Elite athletes at the top of their game while teaching them the business of sport, media, sponsorships and relationships.

“We’ve re-signed a new three-year contract with our Title Partners Jeep Apparel SA and Jeep Vehicles – ensuring incredible support and security in the years ahead for Jeep Team SA. Jeep has been supporting us now for nearly 14 years, which is nearly unheard of in modern day sponsorships. We are fortunate to have such an incredible relationship with them where they understand our passion and vision for the team and they support us 100%.”

2014 in review:

In 2014, the Team achieved success across all disciplines. Highlights include Jeep Team’s Hank McGregor rewriting the history books in September by becoming the first South African paddler to win both K1 and K2 gold medals at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in the United States.

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Barry Lewin continues to impress with his vast experience and media presence in the world of paddling with his core focus on surfski both locally and internationally. He continues to travel around the world on his quest to document and compete in the sport that he loves so much while still remaining competitive in the elite bunch.


Jeep Team’s rising multisport star, Mikaela Jonsson (17), won the KZN Triathlon Championships in the Junior category, finished on the podium at both the ATU Cross Tri and SA Triathlon Championships, and represented South Africa at the ITU Cross Tri World Champs in Germany.

Jeep Team mountain biker, Matthew Beers (20), was crowned overall U23 winner of the MTN National MTB Series, with Pierre Smith (22) finishing second. Seventeen-year-old Julian Jessop is the 2014 SA Junior MTB Marathon Champion and 2014 Junior SA Cup Series winner in the competitive cross-country discipline, while his younger brother, Tom Jessop, is currently SA’s Youth Marathon champion. Gregg Brown represented South Africa at the UCI MTB World Championships in Hafjel, Norway, while Dylan Rebello took part in 2 UCI MTB World Cup Races in Germany and the Czech Republic.

In BMX, Jeep Team’s youngest athlete, Alex Dolman (15), was named Gauteng’s BMX Provincial Champion for 2014, won both the South African and All African Continental Championships and represented South Africa at the UCI BMX World Championships in Rotterdam, Holland.

Jeep Team CSI

The team continues their support of Qhubeka and remains firm on their stance of zero tolerance in sport surrounding doping and drugs in sport with their allegiance to Bike Pure.

Qhubeka is a South African NPO that helps disadvantaged communities “move forward and progress” by giving them bicycles in return for work done to improve communities, the environment or academic results. Since 2005, the NPO has distributed 51 000 bikes to people across South Africa.

Bike Pure is a global NPO that promotes honest and ethical cycling. The organisation has become the independent voice for honest, ethical cycling on a global scale, sending a powerful message that athletes don’t have to resort to taking illegal performance-enhancing drugs to compete.

Jeep Team “Ghost Athlete” Program

In 2015 a “Ghost Athlete” Program will also be introduced into the Jeep Team stable whereby elite athletes, celebrities or specialist athletes will be brought into the team for a short period of time under ring-fenced terms and conditions. The first athlete to fill this position in 2015 is the talented actress, DJ and athlete, Hlubi Mboya, who will be representing the team in the Jeep Warrior Race Series.

The seven new athletes on Jeep Team SA are:

Michael Lord, Multisport
Dominique D’Oliveira, OCR and Trail Running
Claudia Richard, OCR and Trail Running
Thomas van Tonder, OCR and Trail Running
Jay Jay Deysel, OCR and Trail Running
Thinus Redelinghys, MTB Marathon
Kyle Dodd, BMX

The seven returning athletes are:

Dylan Rebello, MTB Cross-country and Marathon
Pierre Smith, MTB Marathon
Gregg Brown, MTB Downhill
Alex Dolman, BMX
Mikaela Jonsson, Multisport and Trail Running
Barry Lewin, Surfski
Hank McGregor, Surfski and Canoeing
“Ghost Athlete”
Hlubi Mboya, OCR

Have a look at the following platforms to keep up to date with the Jeep Team SA’s antics in 2015.

Website: www.jeepteam.co.za
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jeepteamsa
Twitter: @jeepteamsa
Instagram: JeepTeamSA

Jeep Team SA Title Partners:

Jeep Apparel
Jeep Vehicles

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Jeep Team SA Product Partners:

Puermotion Sports (POC, ICEdot & Muc-off)

Luksbrands (Skull Candy & Ogio)
GoPro & RED-E

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Varsity College Registration Opens 1st Dec – Tweet/Instagram #VCsport to win a Prize

Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in Racing

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My relationship with Varsity College goes back to 2002 where I started as a student and now as a brand ambassador for this amazing institution. By now everyone knows about Varsity College’s involvement in Surfski but want to share more about Varsity College itself.

Varsity College is the market leader in tertiary education in South Africa, providing amazing support for their students across the country at their 8 campus’s. You just need to read through one of the VC brochures here or about the academics here to realise if you want to study in 2015 there is only one place to be, at Varsity College!

For those interested in studying in 2015 Registration starts on the 1st December across the country and will run until end January 2015. Thats TODAY people, TODAY, now if your time. Matrics of 2014 are welcome to register in December, but there reg will only be completed / confirmed once results are out. Rather not wait and get your name down now.

There is an obvious side line for those in my industry, sport is a key part of campus life and building a balanced individual, read to take on the world. All new students must enquire or look out for sports life or club registration forms and will only pay R200 to join VC Sport. They may participate in as many sports as they wish for this R200 and they will get a really cool VC SPORT T-shirt when they reg.


More info on the sport and VC here and to inquire about bursary opportunities you can mail Jo Taylor at jtaylor@varsitycollege.co.za

For those registering this year, follow the new VC Sport twitter account here and push out a tweet / instagram with the hashtag #VCsport when you join up and I will be giving a prize to a lucky student for 2015.

Check back on the blog when the prize winner is announced in January.

I will happily answer any question for perspective students, just drop me a email on barry@barrylewin.co.za or check out the VC website at www.varsitycollege.co.za for info on the courses on offer.



Jeep Apparel Winter 2014 – Spoilt by Team Jeep South Africa

Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in Racing

With living in Durban we don’t really have a winter but the last couple days being home after the Mauritius Ocean Classic have been really chilly, especially on those early morning missions to find waves or after downwind runs up the coast.  Just look at some of my recent Intagram’s to see some amazing warm winter mornings and to think the water is warmer than the air.

Winter or the lack of winter we have didn’t stop me from raiding some of the Jeep Apparel winter range from Team Jeep South Africa. Jeep Apparel have been a long time supporter of mine, and myself their biggest fan.

Check out some of their classic winter stock in stores now.

Technical Jacket – Full Zip (cell outside skin for wind with inside light flease)



1/4 Zip


T’s from the Spirit Range (Super cool slim fit)


The classic cargo shorts (surprisingly light and comes with a belt)


Light Technical Jacket – Full Zip (thin but wind proof so perfect for Durban winters)


Cotton Shirts (great texture and soft feel)


Jersey – 1/4 Zip (so cozy with technical shoulder)


Check out more Jeep Apparel Styles at www.jeepsa.co.za and read more about their support of sport at www.teamjeep.co.za