Rob Mousley

Doubles Downwind

Monday, 01 January 2018 09:39 |

The Miller's Run may be the best known of the downwind runs in Cape Town, South Africa, but there are plenty of others...  This video was shot just to the north of Cape Town's city centre, on another popular route that runs from Milnerton to Big Bay, Blouberg.  The sea on this part of the coast offers very different conditions to the Miller's Run, which often has confused seas with several sets of waves running at different angles.  The Milnerton to Big Bay run, in contrast, usually has "clean" runs, lining up perfectly along the coast.

On the day this video was shot, the wind was gusting 47kt and there was very little ground swell.  Richard Kohler was in the front of the Carbonology Zest Double; Timothy Venn Fey was in the back with the camera.

Oscar Chalupsky - Miller's Run on the Nelo 520

Wednesday, 27 December 2017 18:32 |

So...  the big O is in town.  I haven't seen him yet, on the day we were supposed to paddle, he was delayed, playing golf!  But I left his Nelo 520 at the club and he did a Miller's Run by himself...

Fenn Cape Point Challenge - Race Report

Sunday, 24 December 2017 07:31 |

As he followed Jasper Mocke inside the rocks at Cape Point, 22-year-old Kenny Rice glanced back, looking for race favourite and defending champion Hank McGregor.  He was nowhere to be seen.  “Game on!” Rice thought to himself.  “Hurt the guys NOW!”

Fenn Cape Point Challenge 2017 – what you need to know

Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:54 |

Two days out from the race, the weather forecast seems to have settled on a moderate southeaster for Saturday morning, which is good news for the paddlers!

Extreme Self-rescue

Thursday, 14 December 2017 09:18 |

As he fell off his ski yet again, Tim Wightman felt panic starting to well up.  If he didn’t get back on and paddling in the next few moments, the gale-force wind and breaking waves would drive him onto the jagged rocks of Miller’s Point.  “Calm down!” he yelled to himself.  “Take it slowly!”  “This time, stay in the f%#$ing boat!”

To go or not to go, extreme downwind decisions!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 15:39 |

I missed out on a cracking Miller’s Run on Sunday.  It wasn’t a total loss – I had fun photographing the paddlers who did go – but it made me reflect on how we make decisions, especially when there’s ego or peer pressure involved.

More Durban Downwind...!

Friday, 08 December 2017 10:47 |

More from Durban-based downwind enthusiast Sharon Armstrong...  Conditions were unbelieveable a few days ago in Durban...  Sharon did the Durban to Umhlanga run in a 30kt breeze.  

The really impressive bit is the 16.4kph (10.1mph) average...  With all the respect in the world, Sharon's not an elite paddler and she was on an intermediate boat (Carbonology Zest)...  and she was flying!  

World Surfski Series Rankings Updated

Sunday, 03 December 2017 17:04 |

The World Surfski Series rankings have (finally) been updated.  With just one (title) race to go, it seems certain that Hank McGregor will have successfully defended his title, while Rachel Clarke, if she competes in the Palm to Pines will win her first Women’s title.

Men’s Rankings

(Click here for the full rankings)

      Points
Pos First Name Last Name Title Non-Title Total
1 Hank Mcgregor 2996 499 3495
2 Jasper Mocke 2992 499 3491
3 Dawid Mocke 2986 496 3482
4 Mackenzie Hynard 2982 495 3477
5 Oscar Chalupsky 2964 497 3461
6 Mark Anderson 2928 498 3426
7 Nicolas Lambert 2918 495 3413
8 Lee Furby 2768 488 3256
9 Maurizio Tognacci 2614 469 3083
10 Michael Mckeogh 2588 466 3054
11 Patrick Langley 2408 472 2880
12 Shaun Rice 2850 0 2850
13 Colin Simpkins 2714 0 2714
14 Sean Rice 1998 500 2498
15 Kenneth Rice 1994 500 2494
16 Austin Kieffer 1990 497 2487
17 Kyle Friedenstein 1982 498 2480
18 Joshua Fenn 1952 498 2450
19 Ian Black 1954 494 2448
20 Bevan Manson 1954 491 2445

Women’s Rankings

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      Points
Pos First Name Last Name Title Non-Title Total
1 Kyeta Purchase 2984 498 3482
2 Hayley Nixon 2994 0 2994
3 Rachel Clarke 2000 500 2500
4 Michelle Burn 2000 500 2500
5 Teneale Hatton 1996 500 2496
6 Nikki Russell 1990 499 2489
7 Angie Le Roux 1988 500 2488
8 Tricia Gilbert 1974 499 2473
9 Wendy Reyntjes 1990 0 1990
10 Jenna Ward 1984 0 1984
11 Tegan Fraser 990 500 1490
12 Chloe Bunnett 990 499 1489
13 Amaia Osaba Olaberri 992 495 1487
14 Sara Rafael 988 499 1487
15 Sally Wallick 992 495 1487
16 Tamlyn Bohm 988 498 1486
17 Kirsten Flanagan 988 497 1485
18 Ana Swetish 990 494 1484
19 Sharon Armstrong 988 493 1481
20 Heather Nelson 984 497 1481

 

Think Team Riders in Hong Kong

Friday, 01 December 2017 10:44 |

Some real downwind ski-porn here as the Think Team paddles the Dragon Run before the 2017 ICF Ocean Racing World Championships in Hong Kong a few weeks ago.

Personal Locator Beacons and Surfski Paddlers

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 16:52 |

A couple of weeks ago, here in Cape Town, a paddler found himself in trouble on the famous (notorious?) Miller’s Run downwind route.  Some 2km offshore, he fell off and after a number of attempts was unable to remount his surfski.  He activated his McMurdo FastFind 220 Personal Locator Beacon.  An hour and half later he was pulled from the water having swum his ski almost all the way to safety. A happy ending - but not because of the PLB.

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