Newsletter – 12 May 2016

12 May 2016


Mother Nature’s full fury!
In such contrasting conditions to the previous week, Mother Nature wasn’t so kind to us for Sunday’s scheduled Race 4. Arriving at Durban Surf for the Bay Union Dairy Doubles Challenge, the event team stood in the rain on the beach trying very hard just to see the backline. There was just no visibility whatsoever and running the race in those conditions simply would not have been possible.

After a number of calls to weather and safety experts, we had no choice but to cancel the race. Unfortunately the race can not be postponed due to permit restirctions and clashes with other events and so Race 4 has been cancelled all together, making the series a four race affair this year.

We don’t have any story, photos or results for you this week – obviously – but we do have a killer video from Race 3 that just went live and which has some amazing footage! Check out the Lion Of Africa Surf Challenge video HERE.

We are very sad that Sunday’s race could not take place as this would have been the first real doubles-focused race in Durban for some time and the event had really caught the attention of the paddlers. So much so that we received a number of calls after the race’s cancellation, asking for us to somehow find a way for the doubles race still to be run.

We love hearing from our paddlers and listening to their needs and wants. After putting up a poll on our social media platforms, it was unanimous – you, the paddlers, still want a doubles race and a doubles race we will give you!

The series has therefore taken the decision to change this week’s Race 5 to a Doubles format contest instead of the Team Challenge that had been planned, a format we will have to revisit again next year.

Race 5 – Bay Union Doubles Challenge (Sunday, 15 April @ 9am – Marine SLC)
Since our announcement of the change in format for Race 5 on the series’ social media challenges, the talk has STILL been “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, however much of Sunday’s focus will be on the doubles – as per the paddlers’ requests!

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 as well as two weeks worth of lucky draw prizes after last week’s great giveaways were rolled over to this week.

Check out the series website for the full prize money break down or head to to find out more about their products and services.

Loyalty Program
With the canceling of Race 4, the series’ loyalty program has changed with paddlers now only needing to do 3 of 4 races, instead of 4 out of 5, to qualify for an awesome towel from Bay Union!

We have put up a list on Facebook of those paddlers who have already done all 3 races and earned themselves this great gift compliments of Bay Union. A big thanks for the support as over 80 paddlers having done all 3 races thus far…WOW.

There are over 100 people still with a chance of earning themselves this great gift should they take part in Race 5! Check out this list on our Facebook page and make sure you get down to Race 5 on Sunday!

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 Marine SLC
8:45am – Registration closes
8:50am – Race briefing on the 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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