Dec 9, 2010 will see the start of one of the World’s longest running Ocean Paddling races. The Port Elizabeth to East London Solo Challenge holds iconic status among South African paddlers as an ultra distance event where simply finishing is a victory.
December 2 is National Day in the United Arab Emirates - and that means Dubai Shamaal time: the richest, most hotly competed surfski race in the calendar is back!Three days later the Southern Shamaal kicks off, this year a 3-man team event.
7 Nov 2009. Nahoon Beach, East London, South Africa, 07h00:
Race briefing - no wind and Nahoon Reef working at 6ft. Is this a surfing compo or a downwind ski
race? Well, we decide to wait and start the race at 10h00. The route is Nahoon 30km
to Kidds Beach. Might see a light Southerly and some smaller surf...
The South African Trials for the four-day Southern Shamaal take
place on Saturday in East London in conjunction with the Pete Marlin Surfski Race
on Saturday 7th November. (Click here for more info...)
The Southern Shamaal relay event from PE to
EL is to be held from the 5th December to the 8th December 2009 and will be an
international competition and is being billed as the World Relay Championships.
A team will comprise of 3 paddlers, one single and one double. The double will
hand over to the single and vice versa at the designated change over points.
Paddlers may change partners after each day to suit weather or surf conditions.
On Saturday the 8th November about 55 paddlers from East London and Port Elizabeth gathered to race the inaugural Pete Marlin Memorial Race. Pete was a popular ski paddler and lifesaver from East London BCC, who died tragically in a canoeing accident. The race is held every year in his memory.
Seems the Aussie paddlers are really taking up the challenge thrown down by the South African team for the Southern Shamaal PE2EL race.Team Multiplex Western Australia are the second Aussie Team to announce their entry into the prestigious 250km team ultra marathon to be held in South African from 6 to 9 December 2008.