conditions bring curtain down on successful Marine Series
Durban – Another pristine evening greeted paddlers at the Grab Gear Surfski
Challenge, the tenth and final race of the 2019 Marine Surfski Series, as
Jenna Ward and Matt Bouman claimed the respective women’s and men’s race wins
Despite the fact that both the men’s and women’s series titles had been
decided already, the racing was exciting once again with Euro Steel’s Ward
and Michelle Burn fighting it out for the line honours in the ladies race.
Ward was in great form on Friday evening and she powered her way to another
win in the series which took her to four wins, leveling the series with Kyeta
Purchase who also won four races.
The pair will share the overall series honours.
In the men’s showdown SMG’s Bouman showed his class to claim another win in
the series and also wrap up second place on the overall standings behind Hank
Perennial runner up Gene Prato wrapped up another second place finish on
Friday but one of the performances of the day was Lee McGregor who finished
The Grand Master beat a number of younger paddlers to take the bottom step on
Zoog Haynes and Clyde Barendse were the first double home and second boat
across the line with Brendon Delport and Richard Lowe in second and the mixed
pair of Danica and Brett Bartho in third.
It was the mixed doubles pair of Shaun Burgin and Paige Dennison who were the
first boat across the line in the short course with the single ski of
Mthembeni Mkhize sandwiched between the winners and third place Reynard van
Antwerpen and Kendra Robinson.
Young under 16 paddler Saskia Johanna Hockly was the first women’s single ski
over the line in the short course.
Talking after the final race, series organiser Barry Lewin has been
encouraged by this years numbers.
“We had another big field for the final race of the series which is a
testament to the whole series,” Lewin said.
“We have had some terrific weather and conditions and that has helped in
getting the numbers down to the water on Fridays.
“One of the most encouraging things from the series has been the amount of
youngsters that have taken part and that can only be good for the sport.”
The series has run the Funk Pants Family Feud throughout which has encouraged
parents to take on the short or long course with their children and Lewin
believes that this has added to the amount of youngsters taking part.
“Pushing the family element through the series this years has been a great
addition and has led to the increase in numbers.
“This along with the lifesaving clubs around the city bringing their
youngsters to the races has been brilliant for surfski paddling in Durban,”
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SUMMARY OF RESULTS - Grab
Gear Surfski Challenge - Race Ten of Marine Surfski Series
1 Matthew Bouman 33:26
2 Gene Prato 35:44
3 Lee McGregor 36:41
4 Nic Burden 37:54
5 Wade Krieger 38:03
6 Matt Gunning 38:18
7 Steve Cohen 38:25
8 Gordon Spalding 38:53
9 Jenna Ward 39:41
10 Daryl Bartho 39:59
1 Jenna Ward 39:41
2 Michelle Burn 40:05
3 Lyn Bennett 43:40
1 Zoog Haynes/Clyde Barendse 35:43
2 Brendon Delport/Richard Lowe 35:54
3 Danica Bartho/Brett Bartho 38:36
4 Keaton Riddle/Conna Steadman 38:53
5 Sven Bruss/Pippa Mcgregor 39:29
Shaun Burgin/Paige Dennison 21:12
Reynard Van Antwerpen/Kendra Robinson 21:28
Greg Worthington/Natascha Chitlenden 22:57
Mngadi Lunga/Dube Wandile 23:38
Craig McIntosh/Chan McIntosh 23:43
1 thembeni Mkize 21:24
Sanele Nxumalo 21:45
Michael Walsh 21:51
Saskia Johanna Hockly 24:14
Soibhan Sharp 24:25
Monique Boshoff 24:31
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In a fourth win of the series,
Euro Steel's Jenna Ward will share the ladies title with Kyeta Purchase
following the Grab Gear Surfski Challenge, the tenth and final race of the
2019 Marine Surfski Series on Friday,
It was another strong
performance from Matt Bouman when he won the Grab Gear Surfski Challenge,
the tenth and final race of the 2019 Marine Surfski Series on Friday,
Zoog Hayns (Front) and Clyde
Barendse (back) were the first double across the line at the Grab Gear
Surfski Challenge, the tenth and final race of the 2019 Marine Surfski
Series on Friday,
Smashing into the weekend!! Fun
was had by all at the Grab Gear Surfski Challenge, the tenth and final race
of the 2019 Marine Surfski Series on Friday,
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