River paddlers win Cape surfski race...

Monday, 26 January 2009 02:50 | Written by  Dave Macleod, Gameplan Media
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Cape Town, South Africa: The Stellenbosch pairing of Ernest Van Riet and Heinrich Schloms took full advantage of idyllic flat racing conditions to win the Butlers Pizza Three Beaches surf ski race that forms the second leg of the Discovery Men's Health Double Surf Ski series.


Flat & Hot

In classic summer conditions, racing on a beautifully calm and Mediterranean-like azure-blue Atlantic Ocean, 95 eager surfski crews responded enthusiastically to race-organiser Billy Harker's starter's hornblow on Sunday morning.

The first leg to Roman Rock lighthouse saw the paddlers form up into long lines as each crew tried to ride the slip of the skis around them.


From there around Ark Rock and down to Simonstown Long Beach the paddlers struggled in the heat to find some advantage - mostly without success...  At this, the first of the three beaches, one of each crew had to run around a flag before the skis set off for the second beach at Glen Cairn where the performance was repeated.  The calm conditions meant that there were few of the thrills & spills of previous years although Chris "#@)(*$#@" Grinton was observed to leap onto his ski and capsize with a great splash, much to the amusement of the paddlers around him.

River specialists

The overall line-honours went somewhat surprisingly to Maties paddlers Ernest van Riet and powerful Heinrich Schloms, better-known as river paddling specialists. However they were made to work hard for their maiden series victory and were stalked all the way by Fish Hoek lifesaving mixed-double surfski-sprint  champions Kim Brugman and Dawid Mocke, who finished second, just seven seconds behind them.


Last week's mixed doubles winners, Alexa and Peter Cole, were third overall across the line and in the process exacted their revenge over last week's overall winners Justin(e) Maddock & Steven Farrell, who sneaked over the line in fourth spot overall.

Ian Trautmann with redoubtable 9-year old partner Henry Torr beat many another crew including Surfski.info's Alain Jaques who was teamed up with Californian visitor Robin Graham.  "Robin is exceptionally competitive," said Alain.  "Before the race he said his max heart rate was around 185.  After the race he looked at his GPS and found he had a new maximum: 189!"


 Pics by Jonathan Vellacott


Round Robben Island

The series continues next week with the much anticipated Round Robben Island race - will the fog stay away this year?

And the New Balance Men's Health Peninsula Marathon which is just four weeks away.


Race Results:

Overall Line-Honours:

  1. Ernest van Riet/Heinrich Schloms 1hr 07min 24sec
  2. Kim Brugman/Dawid Mockè 1:07:31
  3. Alexa Cole/Peter Cole 1:07:57
  4. Justin Maddock/Steve Farrell 1:08:06
  5. Andrew Sneddon/Joe Kearney 1:09:02


  1. Lisa Scott / Liz Hart 1:25:17

Junior Mixed Double

  1. Dominic Notten / Brynde Fisher-Jeffes 1:27:11

Mixed Doubles:

  1. Kim Brugman/Dawid Mockè 1:07:30
  2. Alexa Cole / Peter Cole 1:07:57
  3. Kendal Alford-Loots/Tom Schilperoort 1:09:03
  4. Vicky Hind / Rory Cole 1:10:06
  5. Jemma Hofmeyer/Sean Rice 1:10:26
  6. Megan Kelly/Gavin White& 1:10:30
  7. Bianca Beavitt/Jamii Hamlin 1:14:37
  8. Angie Gafney/Jean Austin 1:15:38
  9. Inge Schabort/Neill Bailey 1:17:42
  10. Anna Notten/Billy Harker 1:18:04

Veterans [40 - 45 Years]

  1. Daantjie Malan/ Johan Swart 1:11:41
  2. Rob Hart / Garth Watters 1:12:07
  3. Mike Schwan / Russell Ikin 1:15:43

Masters [55 - 55 Years]

  1. Steve Eales/ Rob Maclean 1:13:56
  2. Dale Lippstreu / Shaun Butler 1:15:45
  3. Tienie Van Schoor / Adie De Kock 1:18:08

For on-line entries go to www.surfski.co.za and for other details go to www.surfski.info.

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