Durban surf shows off for race eight of
Durban – Another marvellous evening of conditions for the Gara Surfski
Challenge, race eight of the 2019 Marine Surfski Series, just reiterated
Durban’s home at the top of surfski paddling in the country as Matt Bouman
and Kyeta Purchase took their second and fourth wins respectively.
A light South Westerly wind was on the menu for the third to last race of
another successful edition of the Marine Series and conditions once again
were conducive for the introduction of youngsters to the sport of ocean
“It was another typical Friday afternoon on the east coast of South Africa.
Weather was perfect and the ocean was sublime,” Bouman said.
“There was another nice competitor turn out for the race and it really is
particularly rewarding to see all the kids teaming up with their dads in
The Funky Pants Family Feud has become a popular element of the 2019 series
and the initiative were parents are encouraged to paddle with their children
has meant that a whole new generation are taking to the water.
The front of the ladies race was where all the drama took place as series
leader Kyeta Purchase and Michelle Burrn were fighting it out for the race
Unfortunately for Burn on the second lap she snapped her rudder cable which
meant that she had to withdraw from the race and it handed Purchase her
fourth win of the series.
In the men’s race, SMG/Epic Kayaks’ Matt Bouman took home his second singles
win of the series and with two races having been cancelled earlier in the
series it is likely that only eight results will count towards their overall
“The racing was fast, as it always is,” Bouman added. “Wade Krieger, Gene
Prato & I were together for the first kilometre but gaps developed after we
turned the first buoy and headed towards North Beach, in the direction of the
“I was fortunate to get a little gap over them and enjoyed a time trial home.
“Gene managed to get away from Wade at some point too.
“The doubles race looked fun as 5 boats were still together approaching the
As Bouman mentioned the doubles race was whittled down to a two-boat sprint
for the line. The exciting end sprint was between Colin and Josh Simpkins and
Quinton Rutherford and race sponsor Ken Holden.
Coming onto the beach it was neck and neck and it was the latter pair of
Rutherford and Holden who held on to a slight advantage to take the win by
just three seconds.
The doubles dominated the short course once again with John Edmonds and Grace
Maitin-Casalis finishing the race first just a few seconds ahead of Lance and
Gabi Howarth in second place while it was Jason Ekstrand and Natalie Jay in
Matt Maroun finished first in the singles, and third overall, over a minute
ahead of Travis Misdorp in second and Simon Grout in third.
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SUMMARY OF RESULTS - Gara Surfski Challenge - Race
Eight of Marine Surfski Series
1.Matt Bouman 34:30
2.Gene Prato 35:58
3.Wade Krieger 36:57
4.Brendon Delport 38:16
5.Richard Lowe 38:27
6.Matt Gunning 38:34
7.Andrew Neal 38:37
8.Michel de Rauville 38:40
9.Rowan Matthews 38:46
10.Steve Cohen 38:49
1.Kyeta Purchase 39:43
2.Jenna Ward/Sharon Holden 40:47
3.Lyn Bennett 43:43
1.Quinton Rutherford/Ken Holden 36:52
2.Colin Simpkins/Joshua Simpkins 36:55
3.Dave Harker/Justin Swart 37:05
4.Neil Evans/Johan Terblanche 37:35
5.Skye Prato/Don Gobey 38:38
6.Gary Waud/Cara Waud 39:12
7.Allan Hall/Geoffrey Thompson 39:41
8.Duncan Cartwright/Tracey Nuss 39:49
9.Lance Wyly/Jacqui Boyd 39:55
10.Ian Marias/Teneal Marais 39:59
1.Grace Maitin-Casalis/John Edmonds 20:38
2.Lance Howarth/Gabi Howarth 20:43
3.Jason Ekstrand/Natalie Jay 21:14
4.Reynard Van Antwerpen/Kendra Robinson 21:16
5.Shaun Burgin/Paige Dennison 21:24
6.Malcolm Pitt/Kaiden Pitt 21:58
7.Bruce Pender-Smith/Sarah-Anne Pender-Smith 22:00
8.Grant Smith/Christina Smith 22:40
9.Bradley Allen/Connor Allen 22:48
10.Bruce Glenday/Di Glenday 23:24
1.Matt Maroun 20:45
2.Travis Misdorp 21:55
3.Simon Grout 22:03
4.Michael Walsh 22:17
5.Conna Steadman 22:58
1.Jon Ivins 12:30
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With a second win, SMG's Matt
Bouman is homing in a series win after the Gara Surfski Challenge, race
eight of the 2019 Marine Surfski Series on Friday.
It was another good win for
Kyeta Purchase as she took home her fourth win at the Gara Surfski
Challenge, race eight of the 2019 Marine Surfski Series on Friday.
In an exciting end sprint,
Quiton Rutherford and Ken Holden (left) held off Colin and Josh Simpkins
(right) to claim the doubles race honours at the Gara Surfski Challenge,
race eight of the 2019 Marine Surfski Series on Friday.
Another exciting instalment of
the Funky Pants Family Feud saw parents and children teaming up at the Gara
Surfski Challenge, race eight of the 2019 Marine Surfski Series on Friday.
Jenna Ward and Sharon Holden
were the strongest ladies double at the Gara Surfski Challenge, race eight
of the 2019 Marine Surfski Series on Friday.
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