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Southern Shamaal PE to EL Challenge 2008 - The Toughest Ocean Paddling Race in the World

Tuesday, 22 July 2008 02:58 |

For 35 years now, off the East Coast of Southern Africa, men of the South African Surf Lifesaving community have been taking on a monumental challenge every 24 months. Known as "The Maker of Men", "The Blood, guts & glory race", "4 days of hell at sea," or simply "The Challenge" it has captivated the minds of the public through the sheer toughness and bravery of the competitors and the paddling community who offer deep respect to those who can say "I have done it".

The Legend Continues...
Southern Shamaal 2008

Belated PE2EL Day 4 Wrap (Photos)

Tuesday, 19 December 2006 08:59 |

ImageDay 4 of the Old Mutual Bank PE2EL Challenge saw the weather forecast threatening a headwind, strengthening through the day.


In accordance with the race rules, race organiser Anton Erasmus made the difficult decision to shorten the route to 27km, starting at Kidd's Beach and ending at Orient Beach in East London.


PE2EL Day 3 Full Results

Friday, 15 December 2006 11:14 |

ImageAt the end of the third day it looks as though the front positions in both doubles and singles are set:


Peter Mote and Alan Schuddinh are more than 17 minutes ahead of closest rivals Theo van Dyk and Bruce Neil who have moved into second position in the doubles.


Following Oscar's disappointing performance today, Paul Marais stretched his lead in the singles to 23 minutes.  


Full results and a race report below. 

PE2EL Day 1 – “Hot and Flat”

Wednesday, 13 December 2006 13:43 |

Image13 December 2006


The first day of the Old Mutual Bank PE2EL Challenge was “an honest grind” according to veteran campaigner Peter Cole who completed the 77km leg in 6:42, some 22 minutes behind Paul Marais.




The front group of Pete, Paul and the evergreen Oscar Chalupsky paddled together for some 45km before Pete fell off the group.  Oscar managed to stay with Paul for another 10km before he too dropped behind.  Over the next 20km, Paul put the hammer down extending his lead to an incredible 15min over Oscar.

PE2EL – Interview with Pete Cole

Wednesday, 13 December 2006 01:40 |
Image13 December 2006


The 2006 Old Mutual Bank PE2EL Challenge (which started this morning in Port Elizabeth) is 37 year old Pete Cole's fifth attempt at this extraordinary 244km race. 


He's come 2nd in the doubles and he's twice come in 3rd in the singles.  This year he's paddling singles again and is up against the likes of Paul Marais and Oscar Chalupsky.  


Old Mutual Bank PE2EL Challenge - Countdown

Thursday, 07 December 2006 11:03 |

ImageThe 244km Old Mutual Bank Port Elizabeth to East London Challenge starts on 13th December 2006. 


Anton Erasmus sent us this update:


PE 2 EL Update: Old Mutual Bank Title Sponsors

Thursday, 02 November 2006 22:51 |

ImageNewsflash - Old Mutual Bank has become the title sponsor for the PE to EL challenge...  Anton Erasmus confirmed today that the race is now secure in terms of sponsorship - paddlers will even get race vests...


Canon the printer/copier guys have also stepped in as part-sponsors. 


More to follow - and if you've entered, you need to submit your medical form...


Contact Anton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

PE2EL Update

Wednesday, 25 October 2006 10:17 |

Image[Editor: Anton Erasmus sent this latest information on the PE to EL Challenge]

Thanks for the many responses to the Challenge questionnaire. Here is a bullet summary of the feed back.


  1. Having a reserve day was a big no no. Race must be over 4 days (some felt that the race should be held a week later)
  2. Check points, varied opinions. Majority wanted to keep them but with stop in race time. Also if surf is dangerous then turn around a buoy of ducky - i.e. a safety call.
  3. Woody Cape - majority want it in but not if it is a mega boat breaker of a day - again a safety call.
  4. Head butt vs. turning days. Most felt that the race should be PE to EL BUT if the wind is forecast to be in excess of 15 knots (some said 10 others 25) then turn it. A number suggested a there and back if the wind is hectic and also changing start time to accommodate the wind prediction.
  5. Two paddlers said the race should be from EL to PE.


PE2EL Race Still on (Of Course)

Tuesday, 17 October 2006 16:07 |

Anton Erasmus of East Cape Canoe Union confirmed that the PE2EL Surfski Challenge race is still on.


"The guys mustn't worry," he said, "the race is definitely still on.  It'll be lower key of course, but we'll have safety, we'll have guys on the beach to start the race and take times." 


PE2EL Organiser Pulls Out

Monday, 16 October 2006 10:22 |

ImageDue to lack of sponsorship, Sports World have had to withdraw from organising the PE to EL Surfski Challenge.  Michael Zoetmulder of Sport World sent out this email confirming the news: 


"At the end of May 2006, Sports World reached an agreement with East Cape Lifesaving whereby it was appointed as the professional event organiser for the 2006 Surfski Challenge - PE2EL, which included being responsible for raising sponsorship. One of the conditions of this agreement was that if Sports World were unable to secure a sponsor by the end of September 2006, they would lose this appointment and the management of the race would revert back to East Cape Lifesaving. 


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