“That was quite tame actually” S-B 2010

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Natalie Veckranges and Jenna Ward Natalie Veckranges and Jenna Ward Credits: Jenna Ward

Along with more photos of the 2010 Scottburgh to Brighton, we have some comments on the race from the only women’s crew to finish...

Quite Tame

Natalie Veckranges paddled the gruelling 46.5km race with junior paddler Jenna Ward, finishing 57th in a time of 4:38:56.

“It wasn’t bad,” said Veckranges, “but we just hadn’t done enough training!  I blew with about 6km to go and after that had to keep putting my paddles down to stretch.”

Conditions were hard.  “There was no wind to speak of,” said Veckranges.  “Every now and then there was a bump left over from the day before that you catch, but no real help.  It was just a  long, hard paddle.”

And that surf?

“The surf was fine.  That was quite tame actually.  There were some big sets but we came in between them and didn’t even get our hair wet.

“There was far worse surf during the [Discovery Sunglass Hut Surfski] series this year."

Natalie Veckranges and Jenna Ward

Natalie Veckranges and Jenna Ward

Natalie Veckranges and Jenna Ward get their hair wet!

“I offered Barry [Lewin] some lessons in how to come in!”   [Lewin and crewmate Ant Stott lost control of their ski coming in through the surf at the Amanzimtoti check-in point and collided with the Mocke brothers.  An almost identical collision a few minutes later involving the vd Walt brothers saw their ski being broken forcing their retirement from the race.

Pics by Nicky Crozier.


Next event for Veckranges is the Surf Lifesaving Worlds in Egypt next month.  And the prospects for surf there?  “It’s on the Med,” said Veckranges, “and there won’t be any waves!”

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