Seadog Race 6: Notten, Flanagan seal back-to-back victories at Dunlop

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It was a day for the defending champions as both race 5 winners, Nicholas Notten and Kirsten Flanagan, sealed consecutive victories in their respective categories at race 6 of the Fidelity ADT SeaDog Paddle Series & MountainLion Run Series.

With a light south-east wind slowly dissipating, it was an all-time evening for the 145+ athletes who lined up for Cape Town’s favorite paddle/run event. Nearly 120 paddlers and 30 runners made their way down to Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club last Friday for the sixth installment of this classic series, with race 6 sponsored by Dunlop Tyres SA at the Dunlop Zone - Value Tyre & Fitment Tokai.

Paddlers make their way out of the beautiful Fish Hoek bay for the Dunlop Race 7. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography)

Paddlers make their way out of the beautiful Fish Hoek bay for the Dunlop Race 7. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography)

In the ladies SeaDog race, Flanagan showed her dominance yet again as he paddled away from the field to claim her third victory of the season. A tight start in the Fish Hoek shore break did not make things easy, however, and the chasing pack of Alex Adie, Kim Van Gysen and Angie Gaffney Austin forced Flanagan to be at her best in order to take the win. In fact, with minimal assistance from the ocean conditions, it was the lack of presence from multiple series winner Nikki Mocke which provided Flanagan’s only respite.

In the end, it was a fairly comfortable victory for Flanagan, with Adie finishing up yet-again on the podium in 2nd, while the ever-present van Gysen was there to take 3rd.

Alex Adie has been consistent over the series, earning multiple podium finishes. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography)

Alex Adie has been consistent over the series, earning multiple podium finishes. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography)

The men’s race was a showdown between two brothers - Dominic Notten (FENN/Varsity College) and Nicholas Notten (FENN/Orka Paddles). It was Dominic who led from the start, capitalizing on a break in the waves to head out first and claim the all-important Long Beach Brewery Yellow Jersey Hotspot. From there, however, it was the younger brother Nicholas who took charge and paddled away from the pack to claim his second win of the series, and some valuable overall series points.

“I managed to claim the Yellow Jersey, but I knew that Nicholas was simply holding back some energy so that he could hurt me later on.” said Dominic.

Nicholas Notten cruises over the line to earn his second victory of the season. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography)

Nicholas Notten cruises over the line to earn his second victory of the season. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography)

“SeaDog arce 6 was a hard race! Flat, with no assistance. I had a bad start and lost out on the hotspot to Dominic but managed to milk the first downwind leg for all that it was worth.” said Notten. “From there, I tried to keep as much pressure on the pack as possible by maintaining my lead. I managed to hold that to the end.”

Ultimately, the podium featured Nicholas Notten in first, Dominic Notten in second and Czech paddler Jakub Adam (Euro Steel Sport) in third.

With six races down, the overall series leaderboards are hotting up, with the big names starting to rise to the top. With some of the best paddlers in the world returning from the bi-annual ICF World Surfski Championships in Hong Kong this weekend, the racing is set to get even tighter.

In the MountainLion Run, a beautiful evening was enjoyed by some 30 runners who lined up alongside the SeaDog paddlers for their scenic 5km run. In the men's race, Riaan Shaw narrowly out-sprinted Dylan Pivo for the win (and R200 cash), while the ladies race was won by the consistent Georgia Singe.

Riaan Shaw and Dylan Pivo dice it out over the scenic 5km course. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography)

Riaan Shaw and Dylan Pivo dice it out over the scenic 5km course. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography)

The Fidelity ADT SeaDog Paddle Series & MountainLion Run Series would like to thank Dunlop Tyres SA and Dunlop Zone - Value Tyre & Fitment Tokai for their loyal support and epic prizes. Other sponsors to thank include ORKA Paddling Shop & Thule Fitment Center, Chalford Wealth, Varsity College, Mocke Paddling, Great White Sport & Surf, Mugg & Bean Longbeach Mall, IamSuperbar and others.

The series now looks foreword to the Varsity College Race 7, which is set to be a showdown of epic proportions. SeaDog and Varsity College would like to invite ALL junior paddlers (and aspiring paddlers) to join us for a FREE paddling lesson with the Varsity College Sports Life Captains, starting from Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club at 17:15. More info can be found on SeaDog Paddle Series.

The SeaDog Paddle Series & MountainLion Run Series is a fun 7km paddle and 5km run event that starts from Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club every Friday at 18:00. registration opens at 17:00 and race entry is R20. Food is for sale, a cash bar is always open and families and friends are welcome. The series is never cancelled. For more information, please contact 082 536 2160 or message the SeaDog Paddle Series on Facebook.

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