Friday, 16 July 2010 14:43

Sardine run adds edge to surfski epic

Durban - The winter surfski season comes to a head on Saturday with the gruelling 46km Discovery Scottburgh to Brighton ultra marathon, which has been given added intensity by the certainty that the field of paddlers will race through the sardine run, and with it will be close to the marine bonanza that follows the sardine migration up the coast.

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Durban - Ace paddler Matt Bouman maintained his overall lead in the Discovery Sunglass Hut Surfski Series by powering to the finish streets ahead of his rivals in the Hansa 5 Beaches.

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Durban, South Africa - Star paddler Matt Bouman claimed his fifth win in the current Discovery Sunglass Hut Surfski Series at the KwaZulu Downwind to Toti in "hectic" surf conditions which ultimately changed the race to a strong "upwind" paddle.

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Monday, 30 November 2009 23:49

Carnage in PE, great photo sequences

[Editor: The paddlers in the Southern Shamaal PE to EL International Relay... take note of how not to come in through surf!]

If you can imagine a perfect "surfski" day then 28 November was that day, blue sunny skies and one of those surprise swells that 'pop' up out of nowhere greeted the field for Port Elizabeth's last series race for 2009.

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Sedgefield, South Africa: The Eastern Cape 2008 SA Men's Surf Ski Champion, Richard von Wildemann claimed this year's 22km Hansa Victoria Bay-Sedgefield race which forms part of the Discovery Men's Health Surf Ski Series in a nerve-wrecking and risky finish through monstrous 5 metre swells, finishing a mere 20 seconds clear of Durban legend Herman Chalupsky on Saturday afternoon, 14th November 2009.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2009 23:27

Wild Downwind in Cape Town – At Last!

The day before the Discovery Downwind Race, Pete Cole and a group of highly experienced paddlers set off for a "Reverse Buffels" run - the same route that the race would follow the next day.  About 8km from the finish at Buffels Bay, they were suddenly hit by 35-40kt gusts blowing directly offshore.  Cole and two others aborted the run, turning shore-wards to grind head on into the sheets of spray being blasted off the surface of the sea. 

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For the three Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Clubmates, DawidMocke, Jasper Mocke and Tom Schilperoort it was home territory and they wereout to dominate from the start of the third race in the Cape Town Discovery Men'sHealth Series.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa - Ace paddler Richard von Wildemann managed to hold on to his top position in the Eastern Cape series by claiming his third title in the popular Discovery Men's Health Surf Ski Series in the Kings Beach Harbour Challenge.

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Cape Town - Peninsula Canoe Club's rising star, Steve Farrell, shattered the hopes of a star-studded field by registering a sensational victory on Saturday, at the 15km Langebaan Driftwoods Lagoon Dash on the Cape's picturesque West Coast.

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Cape Town, South Africa.  The summer Discovery Men's Health Surf Ski Series got under way on Sunday in dramatic fashion, as the Cape Doctor produced a 25kt South Easterly gale for the season starting grading race that always attracts plenty of novices and newcomers to the sport.

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