Bouman wins again in Powerade Dairy Beach solo charge

Tuesday, 19 May 2009 15:58 | Written by  Gameplan Media
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Durban - The defending champion in the Discovery Men's Health Surf Ski Series Matt Bouman won the 14 kilometre Powerade Dairy Beach race which formed the second leg of the popular winter series ahead of Barry Lewin and the brothers Herman and Oscar Chalupsky, continuing the impressive form that saw him win the EuroChallenge title in Spain earlier this month.

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Bouman made a clean break at the start going out through the moderate metre-and-a-half surf at Dairy beach, and as he turned for the first of three laps from Addington to Pirates he was alone at the front of the race.

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"After the start it was pretty much Indian file all the way to the finish," said Bouman, who has set his sights on the Mauritius and Durban Surf Ski World Cup events and feels that it is essential that the title is captured by a South African paddler.

Top female contenders Michele Eray of Plettenberg Bay and Amanzimtoti star Michelle Eder provided a thrilling end to the women's race as they entered the shore break side by side. Both women struggled in the surf and fell out, but it Eray who made the best of the dramatic endsprint to run up the beach to the finish a boat length clear of Eder.

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"Michele (Eray) caught me on the third lap," said Eder. "We were about three or four waves apart at the end and Michele (Eray) took a little bit of a swim, which made for a close run up the beach with just metres between us."

The strength of the women's competition has been a feature of the series, and is expected to increase week on week. "It makes for a great race when the ladies are close together and not just riding some guys wave the whole way," added Eder.

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Luke Chalupsky won the junior title, Herman Chalupsky took the sub-masters honours in third overall, and the evergreen Mark Lewin bagging the Masters title once again.

The double ski category was won by Marc Germiquet and Warren Valentine, with the crew of Stretch and Colleen Struwig taking the mixed doubles honours.

The race was rescheduled to an earlier to start to try and complete the event before the arrival of the forecast cold front. However conditions improved throughout the morning, and the South Westerly buster that was predicted never materialised.


Pics by Anthony Grote - for more, go to www.anthonygrote.com

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SUMMARY OF RESULTS

DISCOVERY MEN'S HEALTH SURF SKI SERIES RACE TWO - POWERADE DAIRY BEACH RACE

  1. Matthew Bouman 1:12:20.9
  2. Barry Lewin 1:13:26.7
  3. Herman Chalupsky 1:14:17.6
  4. Oscar Chalupsky 1:14:32.
  5. Grant van der Walt 1:15:06.1
  6. Steve Woods 1:16:34.6
  7. Travis Wilkinson 1:18:11.8
  8. Oliver Burn 1:18:22.9
  9. Mark Mulder 1:18:25.5
  10. Dave Mauritz 1:19:28.7
  11. Mark Lewin 1:19:51.1

Women

  1. Michele Eray 1:22:41.2
  2. Michelle Eder 1:22:44.0
  3. Carol Joyce 1:25:38.4
  4. Donna Winter 1:26:22.5
  5. Nathalie Veckranges 1:31:12.3

Double ski

  1. Marc Germiquet/Warren Valentine 1:14:16.7
  2. Anton Fouche/Greg Frizelle 1:16:25.0
  3. Gary Waud/Glenn Hilliar 1:16:57.7
  4. Dave Herridge/Richard Lowe 1:17:02.7
  5. Richard Philps/Gary Clarke 1:17:20.5
  6. Mike Nichol/Ted Walburger 1:17:31.9
  7. Guy McCormack/Kelvin McCormack 1:18:35.3
  8. Andrew Neal/Chris Muller 1:18:49.3
  9. Joe Boy/Stephen  Evans 1:19:05.5
  10. Ross Poacher/Bruce Poacher 1:19:46.3
  11. Stretch Struwig/Colleen Struwig 1:20:28.2 (Mixed double)

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

  • 24 May McCarthy Toyota King of the Bay, Durban
  • 31 May Hansa Five Beach, Umkomaas to Toti
  • 7 June Discovery Winklespruit race, Winklespruit
  • 14 June HiQ Marine race, Durban
  • 20 June Scottburgh Winter Solstice Cyclelab race, Scottburgh
  • 28 June CMH Toyota Pirates Umhlanga Pirates, Durban
  • 5 July KZN Awnings Downwind, Amanzimtoti
  • 11 July Durban Surf Ski World Cup, Durban
  • 18 July Men's Health Scottburgh to Brighton
Full details of the series can be found at http://www.surfski.co.za/

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