Rice Snatches Win From Friedenstein-- 15th Race in the SeaDog Series

Decided at the Run Up

The 15th race of the SeaDog Series in Fish Hoek took place on February 17.  In pristine conditions, the race was a classic!  Kyle Friedenstein and Kenny Rice went head to head for the whole race.  Friedenstein took the last buoy first, but Rice took a more direct line to the beach and took the win right at the death.  The results for the men were:  Kenny Rice 1st, Kyle Friedenstein 2nd, and Mark Keeling 3rd.

Rounding the last buoy -- Friedenstein, followed by Rice and Keeling


The women’s race was a more leisurely affair with Nikki Mocke taking a comfortable win.  Emma Broberg came in 2nd and Angie Austin rounded out the top three.

Nikki Mocke

Full results:

The 16th race of the Series runs this Friday, February 24.

Sam Mocke starting young with a world class coach by his side

Angie Austin

All Photographs courtesy of Cape Town Sports Photography.

McGregor snaps up another FNB Surfski Series title

Another dose of crystal clear, flat conditions greeted paddlers on an unusual Tuesday evening for the Lettie Paddle Surfski Challenge, Race 7 of the 2017 FNB Surfski Series saw another polished performance from Hank McGregor to take his sixth win of the series and the overall series spoils.

The race is moved from its traditional Friday slot due to this week’s FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon, however, hundreds of avid surfski paddlers came out to show support for the Lettie Fund, which supports those currently in a fight against cancer and remembering those who have lost their battle to the disease.

Having only missed one of the opening seven races of the 10-leg series, McGregor knew what was on the line at the Lettie Paddle Surfski Challenge and the Euro Steel/Epic Kayaks’ star took no prisoners over the 8km course.

“The race went a lot better than last week for me and it’s great to cap off my sixth win of the series with an overall series title,” McGregor said.

“I got myself a good lead early on and just managed to build on that but I didn’t want to do too much with the Dusi starting just 48 hours after the race.

“I did just enough to get the win and really chuffed with the series win!”

The men’s race podium was rounded out by the series’ runner-up Matt Bouman, and junior Hamish Lovemore was in really good form to bag his second third place finish of the series.

The ladies series quest took another exciting twist on Tuesday evening when Euro Steel/Carbonology Sport’s Hayley Nixon claimed her third win to move into a tie with Bridgitte Hartley with three wins apiece.

Nixon Nabs Her Third Win

The flat conditions were going to test the athletes to the full at the seventh race of the series and for Nixon she was satisfied that she managed the conditions well and got another vital win.

“It was a bit unusual to come out on a Tuesday night for the race but it was another great race in some gruelling conditions.

“I missed having Bridgitte (Hartley) because she really ramps up the racing but it was great to be out there again and taking on the men so it was interesting to see the times,” Nixon mentioned.

Euro Steel’s Kyeta Purchase rounded out the ladies podium with another solid showing at the Lettie Paddle Surfski Challenge.

The leading double was the Capetonian pair of Dawid Mocké and Ian Black who pipped Jason Ekstrand and Sweden’s Emil Torstensson in second and Joseph Williams and Phillip Smith rounding out the podium.

Luke Nisbet and Jenna Ward were once again in imperious form as they wrapped up another mixed doubles win and an impressive third place overall finish.

Jody Taylor won the short course ahead of Chester Foster and Alan Beukes while the strongest double went to the family pair of Zoog and Ty Haynes.

Matthew Swemmer bagged a victory in the stand-up paddleboarding category ahead of Shayne Chipps and Brandon Read with Jackie de Billot winning the ladies SUP category.

The FNB Surfski Challenge, Race Eight of the 2017 FNB Surfski Series, takes place at 17h30 on Friday, 24 February at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club, Addington Beach.

SUMMARY OF RESULTS – Lettie Paddle Surfski Challenge

1.Hank McGregor 30:40
2.Matt Bouman 31:04
3.Hamish Lovemore 32:19
4.Grant van der Walt 32:21
5.Gene Prato 33:01
6.Bailey de Fondaumiere 33:07
7.Steve Woods 33:16
8.Lee McGregor 33:19
9.Simon van Gysen 33:23
10.Thomas Lovemore 33:32

1.Hayley Nixon 35:40
2.Kyeta Purchase 37:06
3.Michelle Burn 37:15
4.Donna Winter 37:17
5.Pippa McGregor 38:54

Men Doubles
1.Dawid Mocké/Ian Black 30:42
2.Jason Ekstrand/Emil Torstensson 31:04
3.Joseph Williams/Phillip Smith 32:09
4.Shaun Burgin/Lee Muir 33:04
5.Byron Mckie/Irvin Dixon 33:31

Mixed Doubles
1.Luke Nesbit/Jenna Ward 30:58
2.Raquel Arcediano/Gareth Miles 34:57
3.Derek Hauptfleisch/Lynn Hauptfleisch 38:12

Women Doubles
1.Louisa van Staden/Wilma Deyzel 38:01

1.Hamish Lovemore 32:19
2.Brendon Delport 36:12
3.Sabine Lawrie 39:09

1.Jody Taylor 19:48
2.Chester Foster 21:20
3.Alan Beukes 21:36
4.Carmel Billson 21:54
5.Kevin Oliver 21:58

1.Carmel Billson 21:54
2.Siobhan Sharp 22:36
3.Alice Ward 23:31

1.Zoog Haynes/Ty Haynes 19:44
2.Dean Smith/Keaton Riddle 19:59
3.Billy Harker/Tracy Harker 20:09

1.Matthew Swemmer 24:18
2.Shayne Chipps 24:51
3.Brandon Read 25:43

1.Jackie de Billot 26:37
2.Charlotte Atherton 27:27
3.Danica Bartho 28:58

Source:  http://marineseries.co.za/?p=823

Keeling Edges Out Rice At Sea Dog.

Keeling Finishing Strong

Mark Keeling capped Kenny Rice's win streak at two this past weekend at the Sea Dog Race Series. Keeling, second in previous edition, bested Rice by 8 seconds to take the top spot on the day.

Nicholas Notten

Nicholas Notten

Nicholas Notten retained his spot from last week with a solid third place.  

In the women's division, Nikki Mocke get's a streak of her own going with her second consecutive win. Kirsten Flanagan followed in at second and Rebecca Newson third.    

Nikki Mocke

The Fish Hoek based series which proudly proclaims the tagline--Never Cancelled,  debuted in 2009 and is currently ready to run their fifteenth race of this season's series. 

The 7 km race is held in False Bay at the Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club. 

It's a big ocean guys...

Flanagan on the run up

No boat needed


Stuart Mclaren

Good conditions

All Photo Credits:  Cape Town Sport Photography

Return to Makai---Stewart O'Regan

What can you say about the Makai Cup that hasn’t been said before? Stunning coastline, fantastic paddling and a team of passionate race organisers all add to a great weekend on the South Coast at Ulladulla. This year Sydney was in the grip of a heatwave, so the escape south into a cool Southerly change on Friday afternoon was most welcome.

I made the trip down on Friday afternoon, and got out for a quick spin on the ski with one of my training buddies, Cam Cox, out of Ulladulla Harbour. There was a great little wave breaking across some reef on the South side of the bay, so our planned session turned into catching waves for an hour instead.

Race morning arrived, and registration was done early. With the conditions forecast, the race organisers informed everyone that the race could start early, so there was no messing about. Get marked off, have a cooling swim, and head north to Sussex Inlet. At this stage, the extremely hot conditions in Sydney had managed to work their way down the coast, and the forecast wasn’t great for a downwind paddle. Temps in the high 30’s, very high humidity, and 10 got 12 knots of wind. It was going to be a tough day across all of the 24kms the race covers. Team Think had our World U23 champion, Mackenzie Hynard in town, with a strong line up including Mark Anderson, Sasa Vujanic and Cade Barnes all wanting to have their name on the cup as 2017 champion.

After scrutineering, paddlers made their way to the water to get ready for the start. Now when I say Sussex Inlet was like a picture postcard, that is probably an understatement. Simply stunningly clear water, beautifully clean sand and amazing colours. This place really is a little piece of paradise on a day like this.

Warming up, which didn’t take a lot, showed the temps were cooking. A friend noted that at the Inlet, it was 40 degrees with 94% humidity. Most chose to lie in the water trying to keep cool before the race started.

A nice clean start line, and the race was off, with a 3km dash to the turning can, and cash hotspot, before turning south and racing to Ulladulla Harbour. The run out wasn’t too bad, with a light side breeze to keep you cool, and lots of small little bumps to work. Once we turned the can, it was a really nice surprise to see that the light winds had actually kicked up some good runs. While it wasn’t anything like what we have seen down at the Makai Cup the last few years, it was certainly fun, with lots of runs to chase. The heat at this stage was hard going though, with no relief, and looking around you could see paddlers popping their caps in the water and dousing themselves with cool water when the opportunity arouse. While you could surf a few runs, if you revved up and popped over one or two, the heat really hit, so most tried to be conservative and surf what came to them, rather than try push too hard and pay the price.

I don’t think Ulladulla harbour could come quickly enough for most. It was a hard day on the water, and there were a lot of broken bodies sitting around the beach afterwards, mine included. After having a good start and dicing around in the top six, I started to feel quite ill, and started vomiting at around the half way mark. I was so off my food that night that I couldn’t even eat potatoes, and that’s saying something for an Irishman!!

There were lots of standout performances on the day. Mark Anderson became the first paddler to win back to back Makai Cups. Well done Ando. Cade Barnes finished third and kept his track record of being on the podium in every Makai Cup in tact, which is a testament to his longevity. Montannah Murray had a strong paddle and won the ladies event, and took the cash in the Ladies hotspot, which I was proud to sponsor. Special mention to a guy who trains with me, Cameron Cox. He’s worked really hard, while juggling the pressures of a new born child, and had a fantastic paddle to grab 8th spot. I know he was stoked, but for me it’s very satisfying to see guys race well and achieve their goals off the back of solid work. Well done buddy, must be your good coach!!!

While the 2017 running of the Makai Cup might not go down in the downwind history books as a classic, it was still another well run race, which continues to set the bar in surfski racing in terms of fun, organisation and of course location. A huge thank you to all the Makai Paddlers for their tireless efforts to keep the padding vibes strong on the South Coast and I can’t wait to get back down that way again really soon.

Source: http://www.thinkkayak.com.au/2017/02/return-to-makai/

Photos:  John Dick

Kenny Rice Hunting Third Win at Sea Dog

Kenny Rice is finding his mojo and he’s putting on a display at the Cape Town Sea Dog race.  The 2013 ICF Junior World Surfski Champion has taken the top step of the podium for the past two weeks and aims to make it three this weekend.


Last Friday, Rice finished the roughly *7 km course in 23:06. Conditions featured light southeasterly winds and small swell, making for tight racing with little room for error. Kyle Friedenstein finished in second and Nicholas Notten in third.  

Nikki Mocke took first among the women, with last weeks winner, Kirsten Flanagan second and Alex Adie in at third.


Also towing the line were: Jasper Mocke (just days away from fatherhood---congrats Jasper!), Dawid and Samuel Mocke in double, Nikki Mocke, and Simon Van Guysen.  

Congrats Jasper

Dawid and Sam Mocke


The prior week, Rice finished the course in 27:54,  edging out Mark Keeling by 9 seconds to take the win with Dawid Mocke slotting in at third at another 14 seconds back.


Rice, in his final year at University, will be juggling the two this year, as he has his hands full finishing his degree while maintaining a race schedule.


This year Rice has his sights set on qualifying for the national team and competing at the Worlds, but will likely be doing very little racing between now and completing his degree in June.


He attributes his form as of late to reconnecting to his love of downwinding.


“Training wise I've had a fantastic beginning to the year. A mate came out from overseas and got me to do a downwind with him a couple days after Cape Point Challenge, which is usually a no go because I hang my paddles up for a few weeks after. This ended up being a really fun DW and I was just hooked. I felt like I was 15 again and just frothing to do DW's everyday! I did a Miller's Run nearly every day of the New year until the 16th of Jan! After that I have kind of just been ticking over and focusing on having fun, no more and no less.”

Apparently, the Sea Dog Series is a good fit for his current state of mind:

“the SeaDog Series has been great for maintaining the fun aspect. You go down every Friday and get amped with all your mates; go out and leave it all on the course; then head up into Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club and exchange war stories over a few cold beers whilst Craig and his incredible volunteer crew hand out lucky draw prizes put up by sponsors like ADT Security, Varsity College, EuroSteel, Orka Paddles  etc. etc. etc.  Then you wake up to awesome pictures posted all over Facebook by Cape Town Sport Photography on Saturday AM. I don't really know what more could you ask for?!?! The very best part is that it is #nevercancelled which adds a whole new element!”

All Photos Courtesy of: Cape Town Sport Photography

You can register for the Sea Dog here: http://www.movescount.com/events/event20924-ADT_Sea_Dog_Race_4_2017#.WJrFCI5Uso0.facebook

The 7km course may have been shortened to 5.5 km for last week's race as a buoy drifted off course.

Female Winner Nikki Mocke left

Mark Keeling

Nicholas Notten

McGregor extends his FNB Surfski Series unbeaten streak

Multiple marathon world champion Hank McGregor underscored his ocean racing class by claiming his fourth back-to-back win in the FNB Surfski Series, while Hayley Nixon, recently crowned women’s World Surfski Series champion, powering home to take the ladies spoils.

In the men’s race, McGregor revelled in the light Easterly onshore conditions, powering away from his nearest challenger Grant van der Walt over the two laps, with Wade Krieger making up the rest of the men’s singles podium.

The conditions gave us some really nice runs on the downwind leg coming into the beach,” said the EuroSteel/Epic Kayaks athlete.

“I managed to get a gap on the first lap and then managed to hold off a charging Grant van der Walt on the second lap to claim the win,” he added.

After missing the start of the series, McGregor has taken a stranglehold on the men’s title race with his unbeaten run since he re-joined the weekly showdowns. It will be interesting to see whether he maintains his presence in the next two races, squeezed into five days before the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon.



Nixon was thrilled with her win in the women’s race in the moderate downwind conditions, adding real intrigue to a women’s series that has seen the top three places juggled regularly amongst the world class field of female surfski paddlers contesting the Durban Bay Friday night hit-outs.

“The ladies race started with quite a charge. Donna Winter and Michelle Burn shot out of the blocks,” said Euro Steel/Carbonology Sports’ Nixon.

“Bridgitte Hartley and I had some serious work to do to catch up to those two rocket ships, but we managed to be all together by the first turn can. Then Bridgitte and I got away, racing stroke for stroke, pushing each other to see who would fall off the pace,” said Nixon.

Hartley opened up a hundred metre lead on the outbound leg, and looked to have a vital race win in her grasp. But Nixon retooled her race plan, as she did in her recent Perth Doctor win, and by the end of the first lap she had caught Hartley as they turned into the tricky leg that was being battered by the side swell.

“In those conditions, it can be quite hard because your boat is being thrown around quite a bit, I focused on taking those hits and keeping my rhythm and managed to get away from her,” said Nixon.

She powered away on the second downwind leg, pacing herself against fellow male paddlers, always aware that Hartley’s speed and fitness were a threat behind her.

Her win throws the women’s series title race wide open, with Michelle Burn having won in big sea conditions last week, and the tenacious Bridgitte Hartley consistently racing to vital wins and podium places in the first half of the series.

The form doubles crew of Jason Eckstrand and Richard Lowe once again laid down a scorching marker, posting the quickest time of the evening, with Lee McGregor and Tyrone Maher taking second and Travis Wilson and Bruce Wenke the third doubles prize.

Kyeta Purchase and Tamryn McKie romped home to take the women’s doubles scalp.

Short course honours went to Matt Maroun, with the young doubles crew of Tayla Wakeling and Thomas Lovemore impressing with the fastest short course time of the evening.

Brandon Read was the first stand-up paddle boarder to cross the finish line on the beach outside Marine SLC.

The Borland Surfski Challenge presented by Marriott, Race Six of the 2017 FNB Surfski Series, takes place at 17h30 on Friday, 10 February at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club, Addington Beach. More information can be found at www.marineseries.co.za.


1 Hank McGregor 39:08
2 Grant Van Der Walt 39:51
3 Wade Krieger 40:26
4 Hamish Lovemore 40:50
5 Steve Woods 41:00
6 Gene Prato 41:32
7 Bailey De Fondaumiere 42:38
8 Jordon Clauson 43:37
9 Lee Furby 44:32
10 Gavin Seare 44:35

1 Hayley Nixon 44:58
2 Bridgitte Hartley 45:13
3 Michelle Burn 46:53
4 Donna Winter 49:05
5 Pippa McGregor 49:15

Men Doubles
1 Jason Ekstrand/Richard Lowe 38:57
2 Tyron Maher/Lee McGregor 40:19
3 Travis Wilson/Justin Wenke 41:46
4 Shaun Burgin/Lee Muir 41:53
5 Linton Hope/Bruce Wenke 43:26

Women Doubles
1 Kyeta Purchase/Tamryn McKie 46:30
2 Louisa Van Staaden/Wilma Deyzel 50:06

Mixed Doubles
1 Jenna Ward/Luke Nisbet 39:36
2 Raquel Arcediano/Gareth Miles 46:53
3 Lynn3 Hauptfleisch/Derek Hauptfleisch 49:05

Junior Boys
1 Hamish Lovemore 40:50
2 Brendon Delport 42:58
3 Sabina Lawrie 5:55

1 Matthew Maroun 26:03
2 Bruce Jackson 27:13
3 Jasper Gaylard 28:07
4 Dave Rees 28:10
5 William Dowsett 28:19
6 Andrew Atkinson 28:39
7 John Craig Springate 29:24
8 Conraad Purchase 30:13
1 Siobhan Sharp 30:15
9 Alan Beukes 30:52
10 Teegan Hardwick 31:06

1 Tayla Wakeling/Thomas Lovemore 23:575
2 Keaton Riddle/Aston Lawson 24:38
3 Zoog Haynes/Ty Haynes 24:46
4 Ryan Roberts/Ross Roberts 25:50
5 Lance Howarth/Jade Howarth 27:10

1 Brandon Read 38:05
2 Matt Swemmer 40:06
3 Robbie de Billot 40:09

Source:  http://marineseries.co.za/?p=795

Hano Hano Race Recap by Austin Kieffer


Thanks to Ocean Paddlesports and Austin Kieffer for the race recap.

Read more at:  http://www.oceanpaddlesports.com/site/index.php/news/

After putting in a miserably cold first month of training in Seattle, the Hanohano Race in San Diego was a welcome slice of sun and summer weather. The race consisted of an 8.5km flat water short course and a 12.5km ocean long course with only an hour of rest between. With a handful of fast doubles and the reigning surfski Surf Lifesaving World Champ, Tim Burdiak, on the registration list, I was fired up for a challenging day of racing.

The short course started off fast! The local sprint club had come out in force and they roared off the line, pulling the pack for a blistering first kilometer (km). After that, things began to settle down and Tim, a K2, and I managed to break away from the pack. We tussled for two more km, probing each other for weaknesses, until I got an inside line on a turn and made my move. Early I know, but the other two boats were forced wide by the turning radius of the K2. I made the most of the gap and immediately put the hammer down. After about a 5 minutes, I checked over my shoulder and saw that the other boats had opted to work together to reel me in rather than chase me down immediately. Game on. To spare you the boring details, the rest of the race was a head down time trial to keep a lead that I only just managed to hold all the way to the finish. 

After an hour respite, a few protein bars, and some time in the sun, it was time for the long course. Most of the field (plus some new fast doubles) lined up for the second portion of the Hanohano Race. The hour-long course in the ocean didn’t offer much in the way of helpful downwind, but there was plenty of chop to keep you on your toes. I opted for a more conservative start, not knowing how I would fair in the chop after so long away from the ocean. Right off the line I found myself surrounded by two of the fast doubles I had spotted on start list. When I managed to pulled away from them, I thought I was out in front, but I was sorely mistaken. Two boats (Tim and a new double captained by Rich Sprout) had taken a much deeper line and while they weren’t necessarily on a direct course to the turn buoy, they were a good 200m ahead. It took everything I had to reel in Tim by the first turn buoy (about a third of the way into the race) and for the next few km I pulled out my bag of tricks to work my way past him. We had quite the battle in the chop, his nose staying just ahead, but when general confusion finally lined up in a tiny section of downwind, I made my move. I inched ahead and worked every wave I could to open up a gap. Then I set my sights on the next rabbit, chasing down the leading double. Try as I might (and convinced i ate a lung in the process), the illusive double was able to hold me off and finish just 15 seconds ahead, claiming the overall Hanohano title. 

All in all, it was an incredible day of racing and a wonderful way to kick off my 2017 season. Cant wait to be back in sunny So Cal for the NAC Race in two weeks time. Happy paddling and good luck with the early season training, wherever you are (even if that means you are sensible and are cross-training indoors).

From Left:   Hayden Hemmens, Rich Sprout, Tim Burdiak, Patrick Hemmens, Austin Kieffer

From Left:  Hayden Hemmens, Rich Sprout, Tim Burdiak, Patrick Hemmens, Austin Kieffer

2017 Cockatoo Cup---Stewart O'Regan

The Cockatoo Cup is now finding itself a cornerstone of Australia Day celebrations for Sydney based paddlers, with another huge turn out this year in the calm waters around Cockatoo Island.

Being from the other side of the city in the East, this isn’t a stretch of water we paddle a lot, but it’s a really nice part of the Harbour, where a two lap race is set for the competitors. Pacific Dragons are the guys behind the race, a club of dragon boat and outrigger paddlers, and judging by the massive amount of volunteers they have helping at the event, must have a very healthy membership. Everything runs very smoothly, from the ski drop off in the car park of Drummoyne Sailing Club, to the fast registration and the quick access onto the water.

The race format is that of a handicap system, with paddlers submitting times to be then provided with a starting time. In all honesty, it’s a very hard system to get 100% correct when paddlers aren’t being recorded ahead of the event, but the organisers do a good job of trying to set fair handicaps and it generally works well. There were all sorts of craft on the water, from surfskis and spec skis, to sea kayaks and outriggers. The Cockatoo Cup has two laps of approx 7km, for a 14km total (we did 14.4km this year), and the short course, with the cute name of Cup Cake Cup, has a shorter 8km format, circling Cup Cake Island. Needless to say, post race nutrition lends heavily on the short course’s name, and the cup cakes were flying!

Cupcakes everywhere

The handicap starts going off in 3-minute intervals, with the back markers hungrily chasing those who have gone off ahead. It makes for some fun racing and a different perspective for all the paddlers. This year, line honours, and the Cockatoo Cup went to none other than Nina Malmström who had a very solid paddle. Full results are to be found here. Lines honours are available in the results, and if you click Scratch Times, you can get a breakdown of the actual times everyone did.

For me, it was a chance to do some racing after a bit of a break from the last few races of the year, where Team Think work came first as we had a bunch of our sponsored athletes racing hard at some big races. I had a really fun paddle, setting off in a group of 4. The pace was on from the start, and it was a bit of a shock to the system to be back in race mode, but I was happy to eventually finish in second place behind the barn storming David Coward who got home 15 secs ahead of me. Thanks for the great race dude, always a pleasure.

The Cockatoo Cup signals the start of the 2017 Harbour Series, and the season promises to be another good one, with the committee and various race organizers doing their very best to bring well run and varied races to the Sydney paddling community. I urge you to support them as they try to help grow our sport even more.

Next race is the now infamous Makai Cup in Ulladulla, and it’s back to big ocean swells and hopefully a strong North East wind as a whole bunch of surfski nut cases descend on the South Coast. Looking forward to being in the middle of it!

See you on the water,

Stewart O’Regan

Source:  http://www.thinkkayak.com.au/2017/01/cockatoo-cup-2017/