Cape Town – South Africa
On Saturday the 9th November 2019, swimmers, Stand Up Paddleboarders, Prone paddlers and Surfski’s flocked to Fish Hoek Beach for the Battle of the Bay. The event was a 1 mile sprint followed by an 11km Millers Downwind.
We were quite weary about conditions as the Cape’s South Easter had been howling for days on end. To our surprise we were greeted with perfect conditions on the morning with a small two hour window where the wind disappeared which made conditions perfect for the mile swim, SUP, Ski and Prone and then by the afternoon we had 30knots in the Bay for the infamous Millers Downwind.
The surf ski’s set off first for the sprint, followed by the Prone paddlers, then the SUPs and last but not least the 60 odd swimmers hit the water. The swimmers were great sports, some dressing up, some taking it very seriously and some just having the time of their lives from young to old. It was great to see how many swimmers got involved, Thank you!
After prize giving we set off for the Milers run. This part of the event was for the SUP’s, SKI’s and Prone paddlers. No swimmers were brave or crazy enough to attempt swimming across False Bay. We don’t blame them!
We did have one other ‘first time attempt’ from the legendary Dave Maxwell who was the first person to do a millers run on a SUPwing foil. He completed the course in a record time. Well done Dave!
This downwind was absolutely perfect, we left the Millers slipway, put our noses on Fish Hoek and the wind blew us right into Fish Hoek Bay. It was a great run! In the SUP division, the ladies were out in full force. We had some first timers and some that were regulars to the Millers run. Monika, Chelsea, Elmarie, Evette, Faz, Missy, Caro, Caroline and our awesome junior girls, Jess, Chiara and Keena all set off in the first start, followed by Khara and Tarryn on the second start. All ladies had an awesome run and came in at Fish Hoek smiling from ear to ear and full of adrenalin!
In the Men’s division we had the old sea dog and waterman legend Gary Van Rooyen gunning his way to first place and first on the beach with young junior Cameron Tripney hot on his tail followed by Big Bay local Adrian Van Varik. Sinda Thakatana took the Open Mens division, Cam Tripney won the juniors with local Migael Terblanche coming in second.
Cape Town – South Africa
On Sunday the 10th November 2019 the athletes packed away their race boards and swopped them out for their surf SUPS.
This was the last national wave event of the year. We were greeted by low tide 3ft very messy waves on Sunday morning but as the day progressed the wind died , the tide came in and the waves were very contestable.
Challenging conditions opened up the contest to be anyones game, this made the contest super exciting.
The open men started the day with Mathew Maxwell winning the first heat. His training programme for ISA World Champs in El Salvador has paid off for the young man. Matt went on to winning the event, followed by Thomas King and East London local Jethro Johnson.
The Open ladies saw the likes of Chelsea Van Rooyen, Khara Doyle, Megan Smith, Evette Terblanche, Mishka Steyn, Penny Stemmet and Tarryn King. Extremely close scores and first place being juggled around the entire final in the end Tarryn King took the win with Khara Doyle second, Chelsea Van Rooyen third, Penny Stemmet fourth & Mishka Steyn fifth.
The Diva’s, Legends, Juniors, Social women and social men had some very tricky conditions but everyone managed to catch waves, have fun and come out fo the water smiling which in these divisions is often what these athletes enter for, at the end of the day if you’re not having fun what is the point?
The DIva’s division had local author and surfer Missy Volker taking the win. The Junior boys were tightly contested but once again Melkbos local Cam Tripney took the win followed by Miggie Terblanche and Jack Cumming, Well done to Jack on his first SUP competition!
The Junior girls are always fun to watch, Durban local Jess Rankin took the win with Hout Bay from Keena Thomson in second and Chiara Vorster in third. The legends division was won by non other than Gary Van Rooyen. The social division is a division for the guy and girls who are new to the sport to have a chance to get a feel go what its like to compete, have fun and be part of the SUP family. These ladies and gentlemen were absolute champions, every single one of them were put out of their comfort zones and managed the conditions like absolute legends! In the end it was Fish Hoek local and power house Wahine Jo Louw who took the Social ladies win followed by fellow Wahines Natalie Thomson, Caro Fulton, Sandy Ackland and Ingrid Peters. Once again in the social mens division Sinda Thakatana took the win followed by Jarryd Doyle in second, Pilot Peter Haynes in third and Francois Terblanche in Fourth.
Thank you to all the participants for all the support throughout the year! We look forward to a fun event filled year in 2020!