Red Bull Beach Patrol Media Release  No: rbbp1604

10 July 2016


DURBAN’S BEST LIFESAVERS BATTLE ON THE BEACH FOR HONOURS

The second edition of Red Bull Beach Patrol on Durban’s famous North Beach produced non-stop action for more than 900 spectators who gathered on the beachfront as prominent Durban Lifesaver Luke Nisbet took the title.


DURBAN (KwaZulu-Natal) – Usually the spot of many a surf rescue, North Beach played host to lifesaving professionals and enthusiasts as Red Bull Beach Patrol saw competitors take to the warm waters of Durban, testing their overall fitness in four gruelling rounds. Local boy Luke Nisbet fought off initial favourite Wade Krieger to claim the overall title.

The starting field of over 80 participants whittled down over the three preliminary legs, with only 33 making it to the traditional lifesaving ‘iron-man’ final.

"It was a great day all-round even though paddling conditions were a bit flat," Nisbett said after his win. "I really started feeling it during the run after the surfski leg of the final - the support on the pier was awesome and really pushed me on to the end.”

Krieger, though dominant in the preliminary rounds, couldn’t hold off Nisbet who starting the final with a strong swim and increased his gap over the field through the finale.

“It’s great to win an event like this against such a top class field. This event is great for the local lifesavers because it gives guys the chance to showcase their skills over a format that is so unique to the sport.”

The typically warm Durban winter weather provided the ideal environment for action-packed racing as top lifesavers tested their mettle against a variety of other athletes in an exciting format.

The format’s preliminary rounds consisted of surfski, Malibu board and surf swim legs which narrowed down the field with the fastest athletes qualifying for the iron man final which included the three preliminary disciplines as well as a run down the North Beach pier and a swim to shore.

Dusi Canoe Marathon winner and third place finisher in 2016, Sbonelo Khwela, was out of his comfort zone as he competed in the day’s action: “What the professional lifeguards do on a daily basis is amazing. They have to be so fit to be able to save lives day after day. I was certainly humbled sitting amongst them in the field.”

“They’re the real heroes.”

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SUMMARY OF RESULTS - RED BULL BEACH PATROL 2016

Men:
1.Luke Nisbet 00:19:51
2.Wade Krieger 00:20:20
3.Donald Brierley 00:21:42

Women:
1.Carmel Billson 00:22:52
2.Ayanda Maphumulo 00:24:55
3.Tamryn Montgomery 00:25:05

For more information, head to www.redbull.co.za/beachpatrol.

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Media Contacts:


Hayley Venter
Communications Specialist
Red Bull South Africa
+27 21 431 2100

Dave Macleod
Gameplan Media
dave@gameplanmedia.co.za
(031) 764 3017

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Local Durban athlete Luke Nisbet was the strongest competitor on the day as he claimed the overall title at Red Bull Beach Patrol 2016 on North Beach in Durban on Sunday, 10 July. Kevin Sawyer/
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Despite having dominated the opening rounds of the event prominent Durban ocean athlete Wade Krieger had to settle for second at Red Bull Beach Patrol 2016 on North Beach in Durban on Sunday, 10 July. Kevin Sawyer/
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The winners podium (from left): Wade Krieger (second), Luke Nisbet (first) and Donald Brierley (third) at Red Bull Beach Patrol 2016 on North Beach in Durban on Sunday, 10 July. Kevin Sawyer/
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The iconic North Beach Pier played a central role at Red Bull Beach Patrol 2016 on North Beach in Durban on Sunday, 10 July. Kevin Sawyer/
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Dusi Canoe Marathon icon Sbonelo Khwela took a step out of his comfort zone when he took part in Red Bull Beach Patrol 2016 on North Beach in Durban on Sunday, 10 July. Kevin Sawyer/
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The racing was red-hot with the likes of Sanele Nxumalo (front) taking on some of the top lifesavers in the province at Red Bull Beach Patrol 2016 on North Beach in Durban on Sunday, 10 July. Kevin Sawyer/
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