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Friday, 18 December 2009 13:23 | Category : Latest Surfski News

Newly-crowned world surfski champion Dawid Mocke lines up tomorrow for the biggest Fenn Cape Point Challenge in history – hunting down a victory to crown a year of phenomenal success.

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Dawid Mocke - 2nd in 2008 Fenn Cape Point Challenge (Pic: Owen Middleton)

Dawid won the race in 2005, clinched 3rd place in 2003, 4th in 2007 and 2nd last year and sees his most formidable competitors tomorrow as former victor Paul Marais, the legendary Pete Cole, younger brother Jasper and the evergreen K1 champ Graeme Solomon.

“The Cape Point for me is absolutely the ultimate ocean paddling race,” he said on Friday.

“There is not one challenge you won’t encounter along the way - be it fitness, massive waves, headwind, downwind, navigation ...this race tests ALL your abilities to the max. It’s the truest test of a surfski paddler.

“A win here will be the perfect end to a great year.”

Dawid’s one mistake in years past was going around South Western Reefs in 2003 and loosing the bunch who went though – an error he won’t be repeating.

The conditions may prevent a sneak around the point, however – with the wind predicted to be cranking into the outside cliffs at a good 13 knots, in the same direction as the 3.3m swell.

Race organiser Pete Cole reported the largest-ever field – 250 padders, up by 25% on last year.

“There are entrants from all over SA – Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth, Joburg, as well as the UK, Dubai, Australia and other countries,” he said.

He added the names of Sean Rice, Scott Rutherford and Richard von Wildemann to Dawid’s list of favourites, with Michelle Eray and Rebecca Newson as the women he most expected on the podium.

 

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Michele Eray (right) during the 2008 race.  (Alexa Cole, left is not paddling this year) (Pic: Owen Middleton)

The advise he offered to paddlers was: “Stay outside the kelp because of the swell – although this could add a few kms to the 50km course.”

The race starts at the crack of dawn, 5am, with the slowest paddlers departing Scarborough first, headed south for the Point, before turning north for the distant finish at Fish Hoek.

 

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Starting at the crack of dawn... (Pic: Owen Middleton)

 

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