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.
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.