2010 Mondi Mouth to Mouth Challenge (South Africa)

Sunday, 17 October 2010 19:26 | Written by  Nigel Stevens
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When the men get separated... from their boats! When the men get separated... from their boats! Credits: Louis Opperman

[Editor: Here’s another classic surfski race in South Africa – 40km of offshore downwind paddling in the crystal clear warm waters of eastern Kwa-Zulu Natal... This is surfski racing as it should be!]


Zululand Kayak Club

Approximately 150 km up the eastern coast of South Africa from Durban lies the city of Richards Bay, which has a warm sub-tropical climate with 20 degree C plus water temperatures throughout the year.


At the start of summer the Zululand Kayak Club holds its annual Mouth to Mouth surfski race which covers a pristine 40 km stretch of coast from Richards Bay to Mtunzini. The prevailing winds are north easterly, and 11 out of 12 of the races have been run in this direction, although being a downwind race, the direction will be turned around in the event of a South Westerly wind.

Race Course

Mondi Mouth to Mouth

This year’s race will be held on Saturday 23rd October, and offers some of the best downwind paddling in the country. The wind blows directly down the coast and 15 knot winds are common at this time of the year, sometimes increasing to 25 knots. The race record for the 40km distance is about 2 ½ hours, which indicates just what awesome downwind conditions can be expected!

2009 Start: Mondi Mouth to Mouth

The Double ski start of the 2009 race

As the coast along which the race runs is largely uninhabited, safety is paramount, and PFD’s plus cellphones in pouches are compulsory. The NSRI also provides valuable assistance with rescue duties during the race.

Mondi Mouth to Mouth

Brace yourself buddy!

So if the idea of paddling in warm water with sunny warm weather and fun downwind conditions appeals to you, have a look at our website on www.zkc.co.za for details of this year’s race!


Shout out to the sponsors!

  • Mondi : title sponsor and cash prizes
  • Matrix Eyewear : 5 pairs of Oakley sunglasses for lucky draw prizes
  • Mseni Lodge : Lucky draw prize of a weekend for 6 people at Sodwana Bay
  • Powerade : drinks

Mondi Mouth to Mouth

For more information

See www.zkc.co.za


  • Craig Webster 083 648 0902
  • Mark Henderson 083 280 0520

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