The Challenge - PE2EL Update

Rate this item
(0 votes)

ImagePaddlers have fewer than 100 days to train for the single most challenging event in the Surfski calendar: the 244km Port Elizabeth to East London "Surfski Challenge".

 

Changes this year include the omission of Woody Cape on the first day, and the one-way running of the race.  In the past, organisers have run sections of the course "backwards" during bad weather to give paddlers a downwind leg.  Not this year.  In addition the Sunday is being reserved as a spare day in case any of the other days has to be cancelled due to inclement weather.

 

Course

 

Image

 

(Information from the event website) 

 

  • Day 1 - Port Elizabeth to Cannon Rocks (80km)
  • Day 2 - Cannon Rocks - Kenton-on-Sea - Port Alfred (45km)
  • Day 3 - Port Alfred - Mpekweni - Hamburg (68km)
  • Day 4 - Hamburg - Kidds Beach - East London (51km)

The race format is as follows:

  • Day 1: Early morning start to a single leg
  • Day 2/3/4: Early morning starts, with 10-minute compulsory halfway stops

December 17 is been set aside as a spare day, in the event of late, delayed or none starts due to inclement weather.

 

Course Start

 

According to Michael Zoetmulder, the event organiser, the start will probably be at Coega Harbour, but the exact place will be determinded by the event sponsors.  The benefits of the harbour include accessibility and support for media to film the paddlers.

 

For more information, see the event website.

For an excellent article on training for the event, see the Red7 website

 

 | 
Published in Africa

Latest News & Reviews

  • Is it Art or is it a Surfski? The Wooden Flash

    Is it Art or is it a Surfski?  The Wooden Flash A few days ago, Hein van Rooyan, CEO of Carbonology Sport sent me a photograph of a stunning wooden surfski.  “Ok,” I thought, “Looks cool.  Bound to be heavy though.  How much does it weigh?”  “11.5kg!  It’s a proper racing Carbonology Flash!” 
  • Product Launch: Carbonology-Sport Cruze

    Product Launch: Carbonology-Sport Cruze Carbonology Sport launches a new surfski into the beginner market today: the Carbonology Cruze.  The Cruze is aimed at the same market segment as the Think Eze, the Fenn Bluefin and other ultra stable skis.
  • Video of the Week: Downwind Dash thru big surf

    Video of the Week: Downwind Dash thru big surf A Cape Town summer institution is the Downwind Dash on Wednesday evenings - around 10km from Milnerton to Big Bay, Blouberg...  When the Atlantic swell is running big, it can be "interesting" both to launch and to survive at Big Bay!

Quick Search

Latest Forum Topics

More Topics »

Our Social Media Network

Join our Facebook Fan PageFollow us on TwitterSubscribe to our News Feed

Latest Comments