Perth Doctor - pics/video of the finish plus Finn Kayaks Challenge

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Tim Jacobs and Bruce Taylor (and Rambo!) Tim Jacobs and Bruce Taylor (and Rambo!) Credits: Malcolm Peacock

Tim Jacobs and Bruce Taylor hit the beach together in one of the closest finishes of any surfski race - phenomenal when you consider they'd just raced for 27km and an hour and forty minutes!  Here are some great images of the finish from Malcolm Peacock - and a video clip from Rambo!

Sprint Finish?

What astounds me in these pics - and especially in the video - is how calm TJ seems.  He gets onto a run, paddles down.  Sticks his hand in the water scratches his nose (or blows it, who knows).  Looks as though he's having a chat with Bruce Taylor - looks at him, sizes him up, then paddles again.

Panorama Shot

Don't be fooled by this shot from Malcolm Peacock - it's not three paddlers coming in, it's a sequence photoshopped together...  I think it's really cool - click on the link to see a bigger version.

Perth Doctor - finish

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Gallery

Malcolm sent us this sequence of shots of Tim Jacobs and Bruce Taylor hitting the beach - his website is at www.malpeacock.com

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Video 

Rambo posted this great clip of the two men coming into the beach.

Untitled from Ocean Sports Media on Vimeo.


Meanwhile...

Eckstein brothers and Cotter win Finn Kayaks Coastal Challenge

Shannon Eckstein

Shannon Eckstein

Ironman superstar Shannon Eckstein has led his team to victory over an all-star South African squad in the 24km Finn Kayaks Coastal Challenge teams relay from Fremantle to Sorrento Beach in Perth today.

Eckstein, partnered with his Coolangatta Gold winning brother Caine and former ironman Jeremy Cotter to beat the South African team of world number one Dawid Mocke, Tom Schilperoot, Jasper Mocke and Matt Bouman by 50 metres.

The event, staged in howling south westerly winds, witnessed more than 50 teams and competitors of all shapes and sizes, from the elite, like Eckstein and Olympic kayaking gold medallist Kenny Wallace, to social once a week paddlers, sharing the picturesque journey along the coast.

Competitors had the option of teaming up in two, three or four person teams with change overs at North Cottesloe, City Beach and Scarborough.

Eckstein paddled the last two legs – 12km in total – catching and pulling away from Bouman with about 4km to go. The six time Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman Series champion saying he purposely took a wider line than his rivals in the latter stages of the event.

Stayed deeper

“There was a big cross wind and chop so I stayed deeper than the other guys,” Eckstein said.

“I caught Matt and kept going at the same pace.”

The victory was some consolation for the winners who had all expected to finish better than they did yesterday in the 27.5km Doctor Surf Ski World Cup from Rottnest Island to Sorrento.

“I felt a bit better today than yesterday, I think because the more you paddle these long skis the better you get,” Eckstein said.

Died in the last 5km

“I was happy with my paddle yesterday but I died in the last five kilometres and it was torture.

“I know Caine and Jeremy were a bit disappointed with how they went too but this makes up for it.”

TJ/Eray beat Zane and Kirsty Holmes

In an intriguing battle further back in the field the male and female winners of Saturday’s Doctor race – Australian Tim Jacobs and South African Michelle Eray – won a tight race with the brother and sister combination of Zane and Kirsty Holmes.

Full results up on www.oceanpaddler.com


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