Bouman cruises Hansa 5 Beaches **great pics**

Sunday, 11 July 2010 20:04 | Written by  Gameplan Media
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Punching through! Punching through! Credits: Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

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.

Ominous Surf

With surf conditions looking ominous, series organiser Billy Harker opted to delay the start and changed the course making competitors paddle a direct 18km line from Umkomaas to Amanzimtoti, removing the three pit stops at Winklespruit, Karridene and Warner Beach.

The shallow start and large shore break created a difficult start for many paddlers trying to get out. Bouman took the lead early on and had Daryl Bartho close on his tail throughout the race. "Daryl kept up through the whole race until close to the end when I made a break to widen the gap," said Bouman.

"Every year I do the same thing and it works," said Bouman. "Then for some reason they're all still surprised about what line I decided to take."

Matt Bouman

Matt Bouman leads from the start

Podium regular Oliver Burn was not far behind Bartho, and kept a close eye on Len Jenkins who was chasing him from behind. Burn had taken a far deeper line than Jenkins and at Umgababa Point, Burn managed to bolt ahead. Bartho came in second followed by Burn and Jenkins in third and fourth consecutively.

The Lady to Beat...

Michelle Eder is widely known as the "lady to beat" in the current series and took home her seventh win at the Hansa 5 Beaches. At the start youngster Jenna Ward managed to get out ahead of Eder, but the Toti star soon powered past Ward.

Michelle Eder

Michelle Eder

"It was a fantastic race," said Eder. "A race of 18km is a great length, as you get tired, but you still have the speed unlike longer series races." Eder has plans to pair up with Burn in the Scottburgh to Brighton next weekend to tackle the mixed doubles race. "We haven't done much distance training lately, but it should be great!" said Eder.

Doubles

The current power pair of Barry Lewin and Ant Stott claimed the doubles title yet again notching up their sixth series win in the 2010 series. Dwayne Powell and Steve Atkinson followed in second and Mark Mulder and Mark Lewin coming in third.

Barry Lewin and Ant Stott

Power Pair - Lewin & Stott

Record for Scottburgh to Brighton?

Next weekend the arduous Scottburgh to Brighton will have a large line-up of doubles set to tackle the 46.5 km race.

If the wind blows (in the right direction!) Matt Bouman mentioned will definitely be taking part in the popular race with series regular Herman Chalupsky, as the pair aim to hang on to their record. "Back then, I was the appie and he (Chalupsky) carried me, so it's time to return the favour," said Bouman.


Smashing set of pics by the Grote.  (That’s Anthony Grote to you – www.anthonygrote.com)

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anthony grote photography

 


The Discovery Sunglass Hut Surfski Series continues with the Discovery Scottburgh to Brighton on Saturday 17 July.

More information and results can be found at www.surfski.co.za

Discovery Sunglass Hut Surfski Series

Hansa 5 Beaches Results Summary

Men

  1. Matt Bouman 1:05:51
  2. Daryl Bartho 1:07:15
  3. Oliver Burn 1:11:04
  4. Len Jenkins JNR 1:11:44
  5. Steve Cohen 1:12:07
  6. Wayne Wilson 1:12:20
  7. Brandon van der Walt 1:13:20
  8. Brett Hadiaris 1:15:16
  9. Shaun Austin 1:15:34
  10. Anton Fouche 1:18:20

Women

  1. Michelle Eder 1:18:48
  2. Jenna Ward 1:38:50
  3. Anna Clifford Awidi 1:48:35

Doubles

  1. Barry Lewin / Ant Stott 1:05:30
  2. Dwayne Powell / Steve Atkinson 1:09:43
  3. Mark Mulder / Mark Lewin 1:12:37

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