On Sunday the 20th March 2016, all the ‘Downwind Junkies’ from Cape Town headed up the ‘Weskus’ to good old Langebaan for the annual Battle of the Paddle. This is a very popular downwind run held from Kraal Bay to Mykonos in the Langebaan Lagoon. Although we were hopeful for a strong South Easter, the wind forecast had been variable all week and we had no luck! We set off on our gruelling 11.2km race in a light breeze. Tom taking the lead once again, with legend Rory Smyth close on his tail. Armin Wohlgemuth and Mike Teron were battling it out for 3rd and 4th place. Guy Bubb, Cameron Green, myself and Gary Van Rooyen battled it out for 5th. GVR was bringing back the Coreban Carbon Turbo and ended up coming in neck on neck with local boy, AZ Martinez on his Coreban Edge 🙂 Luckily for us we were going with the tide, which made the race fast and a big swell made for a couple of exciting bumps at the end coming into the harbour 🙂
In the elite division, Tom King took the win, ahead of Rory Smyth, with Armin Wohlgemuth and deep south frother, Mike Teron coming in close behind. I ended up winning the Ladies division.
Our little Coreban super grom Cam Tripney was once again a standout in the battle field along with his ‘big’ sister Alexandra, who also is making a name for herself in the SUP community by taking the Junior girls division. Coach, number one supporter and dad, Steve Tripney, was extremely proud!
This was a great event, even though there was little to no wind. It is always a great day up in Langebaan with a wonderful bunch of people:) We also got some left over swell on Monday morning and managed to sneak some fun little waves in at Friday Island:)
See you on the water!
Words by Tarryn King