Mocke, Hartley Cruise to Victory in Epic Conditions At SeaDog.

Jasper Mocke Opens His SeaDog Account

Jasper Mocke Opens His SeaDog Account

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Race 1 of the Fidelity ADT SeaDog Paddle Series & MountainLion Run Series, sponsored by Great White Sport & Surf, went down in classic SeaDog fashion with record attendance from the 150+ athletes who lined up this past Friday. The race was dominated by newcomer Bridgitte Hartley and regular podium feature Jasper Mocke in a tight battle across all categories.

With the first SeaDog race traditionally heralding the start of summer, it was a classic evening on Fish Hoek Beach as a light south-east wind and 2-3 foot shore break made for an interesting contest arena for both SeaDog paddlers and MountainLion runners. Great White Sport & Surf (55 Main Rd, Fish Hoek), were on-hand to deliver a classy evening.

Jasper Mocke cruises over the finish line at the Great White Sport & Surf Race 1. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography)

Jasper Mocke cruises over the finish line at the Great White Sport & Surf Race 1. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography)

In the men’s race, a stellar field made victory that much sweeter for Jasper Mocke (Euro Steel Sport/Epic Kayaks & Paddles/Mocke Paddling) as he paddled away from the pack on the second-last lap after a tight group battle for the majority of the race. “It took quite a bit out of me to keep up with Kenny Rice and Nicholas Notten for the first lap. Thereafter, Kenny and I broke away and we went head-to-head for the majority of the race.” said Mocke. “Finally, on the top turn of the second-last lap I got a 10 meter gap on Kenny which materialized into a one or two run gap on the downwind leg, and I held that all the way across the line”.

Rice (Euro Steel Sport/Varsity College/Think Kayaks) was in contention the whole way, and his sensational form from last season, where he won eight of the last ten races, seems not to have abated one bit. Also within shouting distance were Mark Keeling (3rd), Nicholas Notten and Kyle Friedenstein.

In the ladies race it was straight to the top of the podium for Olympic medalist Bridgitte Hartley (Euro Steel Sport) on her maiden SeaDog voyage, after a tough battle with SeaDog stalwarts Nikki Mocke and Kirsten Flanagan. “It was my first SeaDog and it was so much fun! I had no idea what to expect but Nikki gave me a few pointers,” said Hartley. “I had a slow start but once I found my rhythm and picked better lines through the kelp beds on the upwind section, I found myself really having fun and I managed to link some good runs on the downwind leg!”.

Tight racing can be seen as Hartley, Mocke and Flanagan all compete for valuable meters. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography)

Tight racing can be seen as Hartley, Mocke and Flanagan all compete for valuable meters. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography)

Hartley eventually pulled away from the bunch to claim R500 cash and a well-deserved SeaDog victory.

In the MountainLion Run Series Race 1, a new course shone some light on some exceptional running. Riaan Shaw seemed to cruise across the Fish Hoek beach sand and claimed a well-deserved victory in under 21 minutes. Tristan Bernstein and Josh van Blerk, both deep south locals, rounded off the podium and went home with cash prize money. In the ladies race, young Holly Cleworth didn't put a foot wrong and won her race in fine style. The Niemann mother/daughter pairing were there to finish off the top three. Runners enjoyed the new, easier 5km route which sent them across Fish Hoek beach, towards Kalk Bay and back. The scenic views and easy course made for some big smiles at the festive post-race prizegiving.

MountainLion Runners set off along the beautiful Fish Hoek beach for the new, fun and easy 5km route. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography).

MountainLion Runners set off along the beautiful Fish Hoek beach for the new, fun and easy 5km route. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography).

SeaDog would like to thank sponsors Fidelity ADT, Great White Sport & Surf, ORKA Paddling Shop & Thule Fitment Center, Bamboo Warehouse, Mocke Paddling, Varsity College, Chalford Wealth, Dunlop Tyres SA, Mugg & Bean Longbeach Mall and IamSuperbar for their unwavering support. For more info on these fine brands, contact SeaDog Paddle Series on Facebook.

Up next is Race 2 of the Fidelity ADT SeaDog Paddle Series & MountainLion Run Series, with numbers expected to stay at an all-time high level as the Cape paddling community gears up for the 25th running of the classic Fenn Cape Point Challenge.

The Fidelity ADT SeaDog Paddle Series &MountainLion Run Series is a fun 7km paddle and 5km run series starting at 18:00 from Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club every Friday. The series runs for another 9 weeks and is never cancelled. For more info please call 082 536 2160 or message the SeaDog Paddle Series on Facebook. All photo’s courtesy of John Hishin & Cape Town Sport Photography. To order, email john@capetownsportphotography.co.za.

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