Newsletter – 5 May 2016

5 May 2016


Durban Bliss
The conditions for the Lion of Africa Surf Challenge were something out of a picture book with glassy seas and small surf!

Paddlers were treated to another new and exciting course which for the long course, used a longer lap 1 format, allowing for more open ocean racing and it was very interesting to see the different tactics by the paddlers with the likes of Matthew Bouman choosing to use a deeper line as he tried to pick up the swell while, in contrast, Wade Krieger stayed on a direct course for the turn can. These elements spiced up the race beautifully and challenged all of athletes racing skills.

The paddlers were also challenged in the wave zone with a fun surf turn. This saw the race go back to the sport’s lifesaving roots where the surf is more of a factor. Fortunately Sunday saw the waves small enough and a lot of fun that led to very few causalities in the surf; the murmurs in the bar afterwards were of just one or two interesting moments.

Matthew Bouman ultimately went on to take the men’s race with a real dice unfolding in the ladies race which saw Kyeta Purchase come from behind to pip Nicole Russell on the line!

A big thanks to Lion Of Africa for their support of the series and sponsoring the race. Check out more about Lion of Africa on their website

Latest News
Race 3 Race Report
Race 3 Results
Race 3 Photos

The video from the Lion of Africa Surf Challenge video will be out soon. Watch the series’ social media channels over the coming days!

Race 4 – Bay Union Dairy Doubles Challenge (Sunday, 8 April @ 9am – Durban Surf)
A different theme has been thread through each of this year’s series’ races and this week’s race is all about “Doubles”!”

The double surfski is regarded as the fasted man powered craft of the sea and we expect nothing else but blisteringly fast racing this Sunday from KZN’s best with the question currently on everyone’s lips being “WHO IS PADDLING WITH WHO?”

Just because it is a doubles race doesn’t mean you can’t paddle singles as we will also have a dedicated singles batch with those paddlers still eligible for the tons of lucky draw prizes on offer at prize giving.

The course will be stretched this week to 7km for the short course and 15km for the long course and the challenge to all doubles is can you go under the one hour barrier? Only time will tell!

Bay Union are really getting behind the paddlers again this week with a R10 000 prize money purse, aimed at rewarding those in doubles. Check the series website for the full break down or head to to find out more on their products and services.

Final Details
• Registration – every paddler needs to be KNCU registered and have a racing number to race. If you haven’t got a KNCU number please join a local club and follow the registration process. In accordance with KNCU rules, only first time paddlers doing the short course will be able to race on a temporary number! If you have a KNCU number, please make sure you renew your membership with your clubs as the new season already started on 1 April 2016.

• Proficiency – new paddlers also need to complete a proficiency test before doing their first race.

• Entry Fees – Race 4 will cost participants R80 per paddler.

• Race Day Schedule:

7:30am – Registration opens at Durban Surf
8:45am – Registration closes
8:50am – Race briefing on the beach at Dairy Beach
9:00am – Race Start
11:15am – Prize Giving (we may start early if the results are available)

• Stickers – our sponsors Bay Union have put a lot of effort and resources into our events and, as such, ALL paddlers MUST ensure they have 2 series stickers on the foredeck of their ski for ALL races of the series! We thank you all in advance for your assistance with this! There were to many paddlers at King of the Bay without stickers. Please make sure you pick these up at registration.

• Numbers – please also ensure you have the correct KNCU number on your boat; without a number we don’t know who you are and cannot give you a time! This is nothing new and so please make sure this is a priority for ALL paddlers before the series gets underway this weekend. Numbers will be on sale in the club before the start.

• Safety – as always, all paddlers MUST wear a kayaking jacket or PFD (personal flotation device) as per the CSA rules

If you have any further questions regarding the Bay Union Surfski Series or want to stay up to speed with all that is happening, please visit our website (, ‘Like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!

See you on the water,
Barry Lewin
Race Organiser

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