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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Sea Dog: Back to the Top for Rice & Flanagan in Grueling Conditions

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The second installment of the 2017/18 Fidelity ADT SeaDog Paddle Series & MountainLion Run Series was a grueling affair as the traditional South East gales gave way to a calm North West breeze that flattened out Fish Hoek bay into a blue blanket - giving paddlers minimal assistance over the 5-lap reverse course.

In the end it was victory for both defending series champions from last season, with Kirsten Flanagan (FENN/Orka Paddles) and Kenny Rice (Euro Steel Sport/Varsity College/Think Kayaks/Orka Paddles) taking the top podium position in the open female and male categories respectively. With the last turn buoy sitting in Sunny Cove corner, the final few hundred meters asked a question of the paddlers - turn in early and face a long run to the line, or paddle along the backline and come in at a more perpendicular angle?

Kirsten Flanagan powers across the line at race 3 of the Fidelity ADT SeaDog Paddle Series. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography)

Kirsten Flanagan powers across the line at race 3 of the Fidelity ADT SeaDog Paddle Series. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography)

Flanagan did battle with regular podium finishers Angie Austin and Alex Adie. In the end, Flanagan’s flatware power showed through and she marched across the line to claim R500 cash and valuable SeaDog bragging rights. “It was one of the toughest SeaDogs both mentally and physically. It was flat and unforgiving.”, remarked Flanagan. “At the start, all of us ladies got over the first set wave and it was a hard sprint to the first turning buoy. From there it was a fast race against Alex. I managed to pull away, slightly, on the last lap as we were turning in to the finish. I felt a bump underneath me and chose to follow it and run up the beach instead of paddling along the shore.” This turned out to be the correct decision, as the small wave opened up a 5 meter gap from which Adie never recovered. Adie crossed the line in second, with a very respectable time deficit of only 9 seconds. Austin rounded off the podium, less than a minute behind.

For the fastest boats across the water it was a tense battle as Rice opened up an early lead over the chasing pack of Dawid Mocke (Mocke Paddling/FENN) and Cyrille Carré (France). The crowd that gathered at the Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club bar watched in ernest to see whether Rice could hold off his poursuivants for the full duration of the race. In the end, the defending series champion never faltered and seemed to only increase in power as he steamed over the line in 1st place.

Rice splits the field as he takes on the 3-lap board paddlers for line honors. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography

Rice splits the field as he takes on the 3-lap board paddlers for line honors. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography

“It’s always tough when the sea is flat!” said Rice. “I decided to start hard and managed to hold off Mark Keeling and Shanti Stewart to claim the Mugg & Bean Longbeach Mall Yellow Jersey Hot-Spot. From there, I opened up a gap of a few meters and just aimed to hold it the whole way. I actually extend the lead to about 30 seconds, which was great.”

Carré, an elite flatwater sprint and marathon paddler from France, reveled in the calm conditions and improved on last week’s 17th placing to finish in 2nd overall. SeaDog legend Dawid Mocke was there to claim the final prize money position.

Cyrille Carré, from France, tussles with local Dawid Mocke for second place. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography)

Cyrille Carré, from France, tussles with local Dawid Mocke for second place. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography)

In the weekly MountainLion Run Series, a reverse course was announced by race organizers in response to the reverse SeaDog course. Local Jade Bucklow was on-hand to claim line honors not only in the ladies race, but overall. The Bucklow family are renown local runners from Fish Hoek Athletics Club, and you can expect to see more of them in the coming weeks. In the men’s MountainLion Run young Joseph Brading, a member of Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club, took out the top spot and R200 in cash.

All runners enjoyed the scenic views along the False Bay coastline. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography).

All runners enjoyed the scenic views along the False Bay coastline. (Photo: Cape Town Sport Photography).

The famous SeaDog prizegiving ceremony was a hit, and the series would like to thank loyal sponsors Fidelity ADT, Chalford Wealth, Orka Paddles, Bamboo Warehouse, Mocke Paddling, Dunlop Tyres SA, Varsity College, Great White Sport & Surf, IamSuperbar, Mugg & Bean Longbeach Mall, Long Beach Brewery and others. For more information on these brands, click on their page links or contact the SeaDog Paddle Series on Facebook!

The Cape paddling community now looks to the 3rd race of the 2017/18 Fidelity ADT SeaDog Paddle Series & MountainLion Run Series, as the series leaderboards in both A and B classes start to take shape.

The SeaDog Paddle Series is a fun 7km surfski race in Fish Hoek bay and operates out of the Fish Hoek Surf Lifesaving Club every Friday at 18:00. The MountainLion Run series starts and finishes at the same time and venue as SeaDog, and sends runners along an easy and scenic 5k route along the False Bay coastline. They are both never cancelled. Race entry is R20 for one race or R150 for ten races. Registration opens at 17:00 on the day. There is food on sale and a cash bar, and families are welcome. For more information, please contact SeaDog Paddle Series on Facebook or call/sms/whatsapp 082 536 2160.

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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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