Southern Shamaal - Day 2

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The Southern Shamaal class of 2010 has survived Day 2 of the world’s longest, toughest surfski race – thanks to a Woody Cape, which, for once, was meek as a lamb.

Pete Cole at the half way mark
Pete Cole at the half way mark Credits: Owen Middleton

Often, paddling out at through the beach’s notorious surf is more like trying to escape Alcatraz – alive, preferably – but the dawn broke to small, tame waves which paddlers easily subdued on their way east.

Woody Cape

The sand dunes at Woody Cape

After the 75km-plus Day 1 route was altered yesterday in favour of a 50km out-and-back, today’s race returned to the traditional 56km route for the second leg to Port Alfred.

A light southerly wind fanned the paddlers from the ocean-side, before the field began encountering pockets of moisture, just as the swell picked up – for scenes described by veteran 20xDusi canoeist Johan van Rooyen as “mountains in the mist”.

Southern Shamaal

Sprint Finish

Rutherford retained his winning streak and extended his lead over East London's Bevan Manson by two minutes. Craig Powell and Rowland Pierce also from East London beat the previous day winners Theo van Dyk and Bruce Neill. However Theo and Bruce still have an overall lead of one minute.

Scott Rutherfoord

Scott Rutherfoord rounds the half-way mark...

Said today’s winner, Scott Rutherford: “I’m feeling good!

“Today was quite long without much action. We had some action going in and out of the surf. I don’t know what Bevan was doing … with his surf abilities. So Hayden and I took off and Bevan had to work hard for about one km to catch up with us, and I think he was a bit tired after that.

“But Hayden kept on getting stronger and stronger. He’s obviously been doing a lot of training.”

Hayden Smith

Hayden Smith had a great day, spoiled only by a swim at the finish

Bevan Manson: “I had a bit of a mare at Kenton, half-way. I broached going right and the guys got about 100m ahead of me.

“I went hard for a couple of minutes to catch them, and when I got there I was a bit buggered. But they were much stronger than me. The last 10km for me I was struggling.”

Hayden misfortune helped you though?

“They started sprinting with about a km to go. I couldn’t stay with them, but luckily for me I didn’t swim, so I went past him.

Bevan Manson

Bevan Manson

“If there’s a bit of downwind tomorrow it would be a relief.”

Dumped

Port Alfred held up its reputation and a number of paddlers were properly caught in the shore dump.

Southern Shamaal

Southern Shamaal

Getting eaten by the shore break

“I think Hayden got munched in the surf – twice, I think! – so he must be very disappointed, because he was so strong,” Rutherford said.

And how was he feeling?

“I’m feeling relaxed – my seconds have looked after me incredibly well. They acquired a spotted grunter and have just fed it to me – it was delicious.

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow. It’s a long day, and a west’s expected, so hopefully there will be some runs – halelulja!”

Winning streak?

So’s he got the win wrapped up?

“That’s a big call! We’re only halfway. We’ve got some runs coming up and you just never know …”

One paddler who pulled through today despite bouts of feeling grim on the water was first-time PE-EL entrant and renowned Stellenbosch winemaker Rudi Shultz - but reports from the ocean wave suggest that "damn fine seconds" fuelled him up just right to help him home.

Bianca Beavitt

Bianca Beavitt - sole woman singles paddler

Saturday will see the paddlers leave Port Alfred and paddle 69km to Hamburg. Weather forecast predicts a South to South Westerly wind of 25km/h which makes the paddle far more enjoyable. The race ends in East London at Nahoon and the winners are expected to arrive at Nahoon Beach from 10h30 onwards.

Photos

Pics by Owen Middleton 


Results 

Single Ski

PosNameAgeGenderDay 1Day 2Total
1 Scott Rutherford senior Male 04:20:18 04:29:20 08:49:38
2 Bevan Manson senior Male 04:21:14 04:30:19 08:51:33
3 Hayden Smith senior Male 04:24:45 04:31:05 08:55:50
4 Ian Trautmann vet Male 04:29:33 04:35:10 09:04:43
5 Justin Maddock senior Male 04:32:40 04:41:40 09:14:20
6 Hein Van rooyen senior Male 04:39:49 04:38:30 09:18:19
7 Quinton Rutherford vet Male 04:38:00 04:45:24 09:23:24
8 Andrew Mcpherson senior Male 04:42:17 04:45:14 09:27:31
9 Duncan Boyd senior Male 04:49:25 04:42:01 09:31:26
10 Peter Cole vet Male 04:25:17 05:16:07 09:41:24
11 Jean Austin senior Male 04:50:27 04:52:36 09:43:03
12 Jason Kalogeropoulos senior Male 04:47:58 04:57:48 09:45:46
13 Kyle Nell senior Male 04:55:44 04:56:19 09:52:03
14 Kyle Harris senior Male 04:52:12 05:00:20 09:52:32
15 Jason Goedhals senior Male 04:53:30 05:00:36 09:54:06
16 Jamii Hamlin vet Male 05:00:12 05:00:43 10:00:55
17 Craig Sutherland vet Male 05:10:14 04:57:12 10:07:26
18 Neal Stephenson senior Male 05:10:46 05:10:00 10:20:46
19 Paul Moxley vet Male 05:02:30 05:19:25 10:21:55
20 Keith Theron vet Male 05:02:22 05:24:00 10:26:22
21 Bianca Beavitt senior Female 05:17:10 05:23:24 10:40:34
22 Gavin Dickinson senior Male 05:17:05 05:23:55 10:41:00
23 Mark Van der velde vet Male 05:31:43 05:29:54 11:01:37
24 Paul Lange vet Male 05:22:32 05:52:12 11:14:44
25 Craig Dohne vet Male 05:35:52 05:40:22 11:16:14
26 Neil Macdonald vet Male 05:41:06 05:36:14 11:17:20
27 Michael De villiers vet Male 05:31:00 05:46:49 11:17:49
28 Dominic Strano senior Male 05:31:14 05:47:28 11:18:42
29 Roddy Van breda senior Male 05:40:23 05:46:30 11:26:53
30 Costa Dimopoulos vet Male 05:39:42 05:49:57 11:29:39
31 Andrew Torr vet Male 05:41:35 05:49:40 11:31:15
32 Nico Redelinghuys vet Male 06:05:00 05:35:27 11:40:27
33 Mike Baker vet Male 06:03:15 05:47:03 11:50:18
34 Rudi Schultz vet Male 06:04:23 05:52:00 11:56:23

Double Ski

PosCrewAgeGenderDay 1Day 2 Total
1 Bruce Neill & Theo Vandyk vet Male 04:05:57 04:16:07 08:22:04
2 Craig Powell & Rowland Pearce senior Male 04:07:26 04:15:34 08:23:00
3 Brendon Thompson & Alan Schuddinh vet Male 04:14:08 04:16:24 08:30:32
4 Howard Loftus & Andrew Stone senior Male 04:16:03 04:24:51 08:40:54
5 Richard Philps & Bryan Taylor senior Male 04:21:43 04:19:30 08:41:13
6 Simon van Geysen & Ryan Anderson senior Male 04:18:02 04:23:55 08:41:57
7 Andrew Skowno & Brett Caudwell senior Male 04:22:30 04:24:40 08:47:10
8 Haydn Holmes & Rob Klok senior Male 04:21:21 04:26:54 08:48:15
9 Ross Fountain & Brett Hadiaris senior Male 04:20:35 04:30:22 08:50:57
10 Gavin Mcnish & Justin Mccalgan senior Male 04:24:46 04:36:18 09:01:04
11 Robert Welsh & Richard Van Wilderman senior Male 04:24:15 04:37:59 09:02:14
12 Luke Mcnish & Jason Aubin junior Male 04:38:36 04:32:16 09:10:52
13 Ross Poacher & Justin Gillmer senior Male 04:36:07 04:39:12 09:15:19
14 Daantjie Malan & Mynhardt Marais vet Male 04:38:00 04:40:00 09:18:00
15 Brenden Bosch & Mark Van thiel senior Male 04:42:32 04:35:59 09:18:31
16 Stanford Slabbert & Markus Burri vet Male 04:40:01 04:39:10 09:19:11
17 Paul Cormack & Gary Albers vet Male 04:36:05 04:44:08 09:20:13
18 Mark Alderman & Angus Tanner senior Male 04:43:01 04:37:32 09:20:33
19 Richard Mangold & Richard von Mansberg senior Male 04:27:48 04:52:50 09:20:38
20 Brendan Creighton & Nicola Roote senior mixed 04:44:46 04:39:28 09:24:14
21 Andre Wood & Helen Weldrick senior mixed 04:40:25 04:44:13 09:24:38
22 Mark Torrington & Fred Creswell vet Male 04:41:40 04:43:45 09:25:25
23 Sean Walker & Gary Neill vet Male 04:47:15 04:38:34 09:25:49
24 Nick Van zyl & Mark Gevers vet Male 04:45:14 04:40:49 09:26:03
25 Aiden Mackenzie & Marc Economou senior Male 04:38:53 04:48:54 09:27:47
26 Paul Apostolides & Willie Kunz senior Male 04:48:27 04:43:08 09:31:35
27 Dale Lewis & Philip Pla senior Male 04:39:57 04:52:23 09:32:20
28 Paul Neill & David Williams-ashman vet Male 04:47:35 04:50:00 09:37:35
29 Shane Roach & Derek Hendry vet Male 04:46:35 04:57:30 09:44:05
30 David Gillmer & Oconnor Peter vet Male 04:57:02 04:50:44 09:47:46
31 Ralph Teulings & Bryan Slater vet Male 04:52:00 04:57:48 09:49:48
32 Ian Kingon & Craig Webster vet Male 04:45:02 05:06:13 09:51:15
33 Dave De coning & Craig Boeckx senior Male 04:56:56 05:06:35 10:03:31
34 Angus Warren & Mike Byrnes vet Male 05:03:28 05:02:06 10:05:34
35 Guy Collyer & Brett Frost senior Male 04:59:51 05:07:30 10:07:21
36 Gary Behn & Anthony Edmonds senior Male 05:05:10 05:08:00 10:13:10
37 Mias V d westhuyzen & Adie De kock vet Male 04:56:45 05:19:24 10:16:09
38 Willem V d westhuyzen & Robbie Bester vet Male 05:02:55 05:19:27 10:22:22
39 Ian Russell & Beth Burton vet mixed 05:12:03 05:12:26 10:24:29
40 Gareth Pinkney & Francois Sisam senior Male 05:23:00 05:20:05 10:43:05
41 Johan Van rooyen & Fouche Whitehead vet Male 05:14:26 05:32:25 10:46:51
42 John Ashby & Mark Burmeister vet Male 05:19:08 05:31:12 10:50:20
43 Guy Balme & Shaun Frankish senior Male 05:34:30 05:36:05 11:10:35
44 Richard Mcmartin & Kevin Eggers senior Male 05:34:30 05:36:23 11:10:53

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