The 2013 PRIMI Naish Downwind Championship decider was held at Woodbridge Island, Milnerton on 11th Dec. The race takes the paddlers 10.1km downwind to Big Bay. Conditions were very contestable with 17-23knots of wind and no swell.
As the country mourns the loss of one of the worlds greatest leaders, our paddling fraternity dedicated this paddle to the life of Nelson Mandela and held a one minutes silence prior to the start in his memory. It was quite emotional event having Robben Island as a backdrop, just trying to fathom how Madiba managed to come from incarceration to making such a profound difference in all of our lives – Respect.
But back to the paddling – Dylan Frick was holding the lead going into the 10th and final race of the season. 4 races were cancelled due to lack of wind but fortunately the weather co-operated making it our 6th completed race this year. Ethan Koopmans was only 2 points behind in the championship and after last weeks photo-finish it was a hard one to call. Ethan has been improving in the lighter winds and this weeks conditions were sort of in between. There were lots of runs, but anything under 25knots is considered weak by Cape Town standards, so Dylan was definitely the favorite. The battle for the lower placings was pretty much over so all the focus was on the lead pair. Ethan needed two paddlers to wedge themselves between himself and Dylan to take the championship – a tall ask after the pair had dropped the field by 6minutes last week!
First start saw Armien Wohlgemuth fly onto the runs with Brigette van Aswegen also making a nice impression. The leading lady, Mishka Steyn, got off the beach around midfield and had some work to do. Armien led the first batch from start to finish and ended up in 8th overall with a time of 56.22. Mishka caught up to Brigette and took over 2 minutes out of her – and claimed her first PRIMI Naish Downwind overall title! Mishka is only 16yo and has now finally broken Brigettes stranglehold on the downwind discipline. Mishka now holds the Overall Ladies title as well as the Junior Ladies title – well done Mishka!
The first start had some epic close battles with amongst others Sean Avni and Nico Pfitzenmaier being literally side by side the entire way in a battle that eventually swung in favour of Nico. Nico is a multiple mountainbike champion including the current World Cross Country title – so there is a weapon for you! Sean reckons Nico had a little more left in the tank at the end….and yes, we wouldn’t argue with that….
Another noteworthy performance came from a first timer who had only ever done 2 downwinders prior to his first race. It was with some trepidation, as he was convinced he’d seen the landlord on his training run earlier in the week – but with dad on hand to chaperone our youngest competitor to date, 9yo Cameron Tripney, took to the seas and conquered, 1hr14min and 31st overall – and he weighs 27kg!!!! Brilliant cricket! Some of you may have seen the video we posted earlier in the year of his maiden run – if you haven’t, do yourself a favour and watch it now – it’s a hoot!
In the second start Dylan, as always, got off the beach in a hurry while Ethan dropped it going over a 2ft wave. Peter Petersen quickly filed into 2nd and tried to hang onto Dylan while eying Ethan catching up and taking over the pursuit duties. Brad Adams was hanging in 4th on a slightly wider line with Joshua Robertson close by. Dylan paddled like a man possessed and by halfway he’d built up a sizeable lead on Ethan – there was no way anyone would wedge themselves between Ethan and Dylan and Ethan did not look like he was in a position to close the gap. This meant that by halfway Dylan had pretty much cemented his position as the Downwind King of 2013! Dylan won in 48.54. With Ethan taking second in 50.33…Peter Petersen claimed 3rd in 52.55 holding off the youngsters barking from behind. Excellent performance from Dylan Frick who keeps posting the results – and he is our new Overall Downwind champ 2013!
Ethan’s 2nd place overall puts Joshua Robertson into 2nd place in the Juniors while a welcome return from injury saw Kimon Dos Santos take 3rd. This would also be their order in the overall series ranking – so well done Ethan, new junior champ! Ethan also claimed 2nd overall in the Open category while Joshua Robertson took a fine 3rd overall – well done juniors.
In the masters Peter Petersen cemented his masters title with a category win and 3rd overall while Gary van Rooyen was runner up in 6th overall. Third Master was Armien Wohlgemuth with his 8th place overall. Pietro Muscas takes second in the masters overall ranking, while Rob Munro’s consistency sees him take a deserved 3rd overall.
Monika Wohlgemuth improved on her husbands fine performance and took out the Lady masters race and title with Maleen Hoekstra once again taking second. Overall Patricia Kohrs managed to sneak ahead of Maleen to take 2nd – well done ladies – you guys rock!
Thanks to our intrepid timekeeping team, Lolo, Jen and Aden – the Wild Timing Team for making us look like pro’s and our sponsors: PRIMI, Naish, Bondiblu, Bodytec, Ocean Minded, BulkSMS, Vitaminwater, Island Tribe, SUPHQ, Mystic, Watersports Warehouse and SIC
That concludes our 10 race PRIMI Naish race series – we ended up racing 6 out of the 10 weeks and had 60 paddlers ranked. We’ll be back next year when the new 10 race series starts on the 8th of January.
Full Race results: http://www.sup-culture.com/results.html
1st Mishka Steyn – Mocean 14’ LE
2nd Brigette van Aswegen – Starboard 14’ Allstar
3rd Monika Wohlgemuth – Naish 14’ Glide
1st Ethan Koopmans – Naish 14’ LE
2nd Joshua Robertson – Naish 14’ LE
3rd Kimon Dos Santos – SIC 14’ Bullet
1st Mishka Steyn – Mocean 14’ LE
1st Cameron Tripney – Hurricane Prone 10’6
Masters (o. 45yo):
1st Peter Petersen – Naish 14’ LE
2nd Pietro Muscas – Naish 14’ Glide
3rd Rob Munro – SIC F-16
Masters Ladies (o. 45yo):
1st Monika Wohlgemuth – Naish 14’ Glide
2nd Patricia Kohrs – Naish 14’ Glide
3rd Maleen Hoekstra – Naish 14’ Glide
2013/2014 PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series – Final Leaderboard
|#||NAME||Board||Class||Race #1||#2||#3||#4||#5||#6||Best 5|
|1||Dylan Frick||Starboard 14' Allstar||Open||0.7||0.7||3'||2||0.7||0.7||4.8|
|2||Ethan Koopmans||Naish 14 LE||Junior||35'||3||0.7||0.7||2||2||8.4|
|3||Joshua Robertson||Naish 14 LE||Junior||2||4||7'||7||4||4||21|
|4||Peter Petersen||Naish 14 LE||Masters||7'||6||6||6||3||3||24|
|5||Tyran Cooper||SIC 14' Bullet||Open||8||7||40'||10||7||10||42|
|6||Greg Bertish||SIC 14' Bullet||Open||3||5||4||5||27||34'||44|
|7||Brad Adams||Fanatic 14' Falcon||Open||15||11||16'||8||5||5||44|
|8||Kimon Dos Santos||SIC 14' Bullet||Junior||4||8||9||36'||27||9||57|
|9||Pietro Muscas||Naish 14 Glide||Masters||6||9||10||14||27||34'||66|
|10||Rob Munro||SIC F-16||Masters||19'||17||13||11||11||14||66|
|11||Sean Avni||Coreban 14' Dart||Open||20'||13||19||12||10||12||66|
|12||Chris Bertish||SIC 17'6 Bullet||Open||35'||2||2||3||27||34||68|
|13||Mishka Steyn||Mocean LE||Lady junior||16||14||15||17'||9||16||70|
|14||Armien Wohlgemuth||Naish 14 Glide||Masters||35||36'||12||15||6||8||76|
|15||Tom King||Fanatic 14 Fly||Open||5||36'||5||36||27||7||80|
|16||Brigette van Aswegen||Starboard 14' Allstar||Lady||17||12||18'||18||15||19||81|
|17||Craig Ginsberg||Naish 14 Glide||Masters||12||21||17||36'||14||20||84|
|18||Christopher Howell||Naish 14 Glide||Open||21||18||20||19||12||34'||90|
|19||Michael Fiet||Coreban 14' Dart||Open||14||10||14||36'||27||34||99|
|20||Doug Jenman||Naish 14 Glide||Open||25||36'||32||24||19||34'||100|
|21||Ivan van Vuuren||Coreban 14' Dart||Masters||35||36'||8||4||27||34||108|
|22||Mark Herd||SIC F-16||Open||26||29||31'||23||16||18||112|
|23||Alex Neusol||Coreban 14' Dart||Open||36'||19||30||36||27||34'||112|
|24||Cameron Rein||Naish 14 Glide||Open||13||36||40'||36||27||34'||112|
|25||Guy Bubb||Naish 14 Glide||Open||10||36||40'||20||13||34||113|
|26||Wayne Robertson||Coreban 14' Dart||Open||23||26||25||27'||18||21||113|
|27||Jason Wallbanger||SIC 14' Bullet||Open||18||16||40'||36||27||17||114|
|28||Gary van Rooyen||Coreban 14'||Masters||9||36||40'||36||27||6||114|
|29||Nicky Carstens||Coreban 14' Proto||Open||35||36'||11||9||27||34||116|
|30||Grant Donald||Coreban 14' Dart||Open||24||25'||22||22||22||26||116|
|31||Oscar Wollheim||Naish 14 Glide AST||Masters||11||15||40'||36||27||34||123|
|32||Monika Wohlgemuth||Naish 14 Glide||Lady Masters||29'||24||27||26||21||29||127|
|33||Wade Keet||Fanatic 14 OO||Junior||36'||22||24||21||27||34||128|
|34||Steve Tripney||SIC 14' Bullet||Masters||22||28||29||36'||17||32||128|
|35||Barry Boswell||Naish 14' Glide||Open||36||36||40'||16||27||15||130|
|36||Craig Girdlestone||Naish 14 Glide||Masters||27||27||34'||29||24||29||136|
|37||Adrian van Varik||Coreban 14' Dart||Masters||34||30||37'||30||20||24||138|
|38||Ernest van Riet||Fanatic 14 OO||Open||36||20||40'||36||27||27||146|
|39||Nico Pfitzenmaier||Naish 14 Glide||Open||36||36||40'||36||27||11||146|
|40||Patricia Kohrs||Naish 14 Glide||Lady Masters||35||36'||26||28||27||34||150|
|41||Tim Starke||Starboard 14' OO||Open||36'||36||28||25||27||34||150|
|42||Tammy Robarts||Naish 14 Glide||Lady||36||36||40'||36||25||21||154|
|43||Glen Thompson||Naish 14 Glide||Open||35||36'||23||36||27||34||155|
|44||Derrick Frazer||Coreban 14' Dart||Masters||32||31||40'||36||23||34||156|
|45||Tiaan Vogel||Coreban 14' Dart||Open||36||23||40'||36||27||34||156|
|46||Brian White||Coreban 14' Dart||Masters||28||36'||33||36||27||34||158|
|47||Tarryn Kyte||Coreban 14' Dart||Lady||33||36||40'||36||27||28||160|
|48||Riaan Rautenbach||Starboard 12'6||Open||36'||36||36||36||27||25||160|
|49||Clellind Fivaz||Naish 14 Glide||Lady||30||35||35||36'||27||34||161|
|50||Dean Phillps||Coreban 14' Dart||Open||36||32||39'||32||27||34||161|
|53||Maleen Hoekstra||Naish 14' Glide||Lady Masters||35||34||40'||34||26||33||162|
|54||Craig Fisher||Coreban 14' Dart||Open||36||36||40'||36||25||29||162|
|55||Jonathan Donner||Naish 14 Glide||Open||36||36||40'||31||27||34||164|
|56||Cameron Tripney||PRONE 10'6||Lady||36||36||40'||36||25||31||164|
|57||Eddie Theron||Naish 14 Glide||Open||36||33||40'||36||27||34||166|
|58||Dave Smith||PRONE 10'6||prone||36||36||40'||33||27||34||166|
|59||Daniel Stokell||Coreban 14' Dart||Open||36||36||40'||36||25||34||167|
|60||Kim Du Venage||Coreban 14' Dart||Lady||36||36||40'||35||27||34||168|