Herman Chalupsky wins Mouth to Mouth (South Africa)

Wednesday, 27 October 2010 07:33 | Written by  Nigel Stevens
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Herman Chalupsky wins Herman Chalupsky wins Credits: Barbara van Rooyen

[Editor: The Mouth to Mouth is one of South Africa's classic surfski races - and the paddlers usually experience downwind paddling at its absolute best...  However, this year Mother Nature didn't cooperate...  Nigel Stevens tells the story]

Forecast: wrong!

On the Friday morning the call was made to start the race at Mtunzini and finish it at Richards Bay, as a result of a predicted south westerly wind of 15-20 knots on the Saturday morning. While the SW front arrived on schedule on Friday evening and blew with a vengeance the whole night, by Saturday morning it had died completely. At the Mtunzini registration the conditions were at first dead calm and then just before the race the worst possible scenario of a wind swinging around to the south east and then east occurred. A late call was made to paddle to the halfway point at the lighthouse, then turn around the NSRI boat and paddle back to Mtunzini, a distance of about 32.5 km.

Out and Back

A total of 59 skis took off in a mass start just after 10h00 and punched through the waves, which were small enough so that everyone got out without too many problems. A lead group of 4 doubles and 2 singles soon formed at the front, working the remnants of the south westerly swell just off backline. The runs were there to be had, and at the Durnford point about 8km into the race Darryl Bartho and Grant Woollaston in a double Fenn made a break and left the lead pack behind as they moved deeper out to sea.

Darryl Bartho and Grant Woollaston, 1st double

Darryl Bartho and Grant Woollaston, 1st double

The remaining group chose to stay just behind backline, and about 12 km into the race the Vet double combination of Stretch Struwig and Heinrich Oosthuizen got caught napping as the rest of the group took off.

About 2 km before the turn mark Barry Lewin put in a huge surge and broke away from the group, which then consisted of Jason Golding / Mark Germiquet, Brett Hadiaris / Ross Fountain and Herman Chalupsky.

After the turn the light easterly wind which was side on made for tricky conditions. Barry went shallow and was caught by the group of two doubles and Herman, who had stayed a bit deeper. At Durnford point Herman picked up a run out of nowhere and took off, while none of the group seemed keen to chase him down.

Eddie Smith

Eddie Smith catches a double run into the beach!

The final finishing order saw Daryl Bartho and Grant Woollaston finishing comfortably ahead of Herman Chalupsky who held on to lead the double combination of Jason Golding and Marc Germiquet in third place.

After all the wind of the preceding week, it was a disappointment not to have the expected downwind conditions, but the hospitality of the Mtunzini Ski Boat Club where the prizegiving was held helped soothe the aching muscles.


Pics courtesy of Barbara van Rooyen

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Full Results 

PosName(s)TimeK1 K2 PosSexAgeIndex
1 DARYL BARTHO/GRANT WOOLLASTON 02:29:28.75 K2 1     100
2 HERMAN CHALUPSKY 02:32:59.11 K1 1   SM1 100
3 JAYSEN GOLDING/MARC GERMIQUET 02:33:42.67 K2 2   SV1 102.83
4 BRETT HADIARIS/ROSS FOUNTAIN 02:34:38.17 K2 3     103.45
5 BARRY LEWIN 02:35:17.11 K1 2     101.5
6 STRETCH STRUWIG/HEINRICH OOSTHUIZEN 02:38:33.25 K2 4   SM2 106.07
7 SCOTT RUTHERFOORD 02:40:40.95 K1 3     105.03
8 GARY ALBERS/PAUL CORMACK 02:40:42.92 K2 5   SM3 107.52
9 MARK LEWIN/LINTON HOPE 02:41:30.23 K2 6   M1 108.04
10 ROSS POACHER/JUSTIN GILLMER 02:41:50.29 K2 7   SV2 108.27
11 PETER ROWAN/ANTHONY ROWAN 02:42:40.62 K2 8   SV3 108.83
12 STEVE COHEN 02:43:18.87 K1 4   V1 106.75
13 CRAIG WEBSTER/KEVIN MUSGRAVE 02:44:51.89 K2 9     110.29
14 SEAN WISEDALE/TREVOR VERNES 02:45:42.01 K2 10   V2 110.85
15 BUTCH MURRAY/JOHAN KEULDER 02:46:18.09 K2 11   M2 111.25
16 PAUL APOSTOLIDES/WILLIE KUNZ 02:46:49.37 K2 12     111.6
17 QUINTON RUTHERFORD 02:49:07.81 K1 5   V3 110.55
18 BRETT FROST/GUY COLLYER 02:49:39.40 K2 13   SV4 113.5
19 ANTJE MANFRONI/KEITH FLEMMER 02:52:01.34 K2 14 X1 SV5 115.08
20 ANDREAS VAN TONDER/JOTHAM VAN TONDER 02:52:30.59 K2 15     115.41
21 MICHAEL STEVENS 02:52:44.04 K1 6   V4 112.91
22 TRISTAN DU PISANIE 02:56:40.35 K1 7     115.48
23 DAVID GILLMER/PETER OCONNOR 02:57:41.66 K2 16   SG1 118.88
24 MARK HENDERSON/DIRK BARNARD 02:58:33.28 K2 17   SV6 119.45
25 ANTHONY SCOTT 02:59:10.93 K1 8   GM1 117.12
26 FLIP OPPERMAN/KOBUS OPPERMAN 02:59:40.67 K2 18     120.2
27 MARK JOHNSON/CLIFF WILLS 02:59:56.38 K2 19   M3 120.38
28 EDDIE SMITH 03:02:08.43 K1 9   SG2 119.06
29 PERRY COBBOLD 03:02:30.27 K1 10   V5 119.3
30 NIGEL STEVENS 03:04:18.33 K1 11   M4 120.47
31 GARY BEHN/ANTHONY EDMONDS 03:05:03.17 K2 20     123.8
32 CLINT HOWES/JEROME BOULLE 03:05:56.60 K2 21     124.39
33 ALAN FRANCE/RUSSELL SOLOMON 03:07:29.39 K2 22   SM4 125.43
34 GRAHAM LINGARD/LOURENCE GERBER 03:07:39.54 K2 23     125.54
35 TROY MARTINS 03:07:56.09 K1 12   V6 122.85
36 DARRYL WOOD 03:08:17.82 K1 13   V7 123.08
37 BRIAN CHEDZEY 03:10:07.16 K1 14     124.27
38 ANDRIES DU PLESSIS 03:11:01.83 K1 15   V8 124.87
39 CLINTON WISSEKERKE 03:12:33.54 K1 16   SV7 125.87
40 LAMMERT STAVAST 03:13:23.63 K1 17   V9 126.41
41 RICHARD AUSTIN/JOHN FLEETWOOD 03:14:30.49 K2 24     130.12
42 ANDREW MARCH 03:15:44.64 K1 18   SM5 127.95
43 MIKE HALLIDAY 03:15:45.45 K1 19   GM2 127.96
44 SHANE GOULDIE/GAVIN MYBURGH 03:16:44.06 K2 25   M5 131.61
45 STEPHEN SCRASE 03:18:10.63 K1 20   V10 129.54
46 TOM HAINES 03:18:55.80 K1 21   SV8 130.03
47 JOHNNY STANDER/MICHELLE STEYN 03:23:26.19 K2 26 X2 V11 136.1
48 NICK WEBB 03:24:57.44 K1 22     133.97
49 HENRY WOOD/LOUISE WOOD 03:25:56.18 K2 27     137.77
50 ANTON GRIMBEEK 03:30:04.29 K1 23   SM6 137.31
51 JACQUES VENTER 03:31:09.28 K1 24   V12 138.02
52 LINDANI DUBE 03:31:13.99 K1 25     138.07
53 SPHAMANDLA JAMA 03:47:38.42 K1 26     148.8
54 STEVE HERMANN 03:48:25.83 K1 27   SM7 149.32
55 BRIAN SMITH 03:48:39.43 K1 28   SM8 149.46
56 PIET JORDAAN 03:52:57.92 K1 29   V13 152.28
57 BRIAN HEATHFIELD 03:53:09.00 K1 30   SM9 152.4
58 WILLEM SCHOLTZ 04:02:13.02 K1 31   M6 158.33
59 LES AYLIFFE 04:10:42.22 K1 32   SM10 163.87

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