Boss Man’s note: The 2013 PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series has just gotten under way in South Africa. The series consists of weekly downwind races in Cape Town, which has some of the best winds (and, increasingly, the fastest Stand Up Paddlers) in the world.
We covered every race in the 2012 Downwind Dash Series, which attracted almost 100 paddlers and wrapped up just last month. The 2012 edition was won by wild man of SUP Chris Bertish and we look forward to regular updates from the 2013 Series thanks to our South African correspondent Peter Petersen of SUP Culture.
Full race recap, results and pics from race #1 of the 2013 series is below, plus I’d encourage you to go check out the overall results from the 2012 Series as well; it was fascinating to see different paddlers winning each week and where they all finished in the overall points table.
There was still 15knots+ at the start, so we called the race on hoping for the wind to fill in along the course. It was looking all good until about halfway when the gentle push from behind was exchanged for a slight side-wind on the left cheek. This made for very testing conditions for the 30 Stand Up Paddlers as the water was extremely choppy and the runners had virtually dried up.
Dylan Frick excelled in these conditions as did anyone on a Starboard, as they virtually had a podium lock-out in both the men’s and ladies’. The rest of the competitors had to settle for the scraps and it took a beer or two post-race to garner some enthusiasm from the broken paddlers. Francois Frick also motored to take a fine 2nd as did Andrew Cillie (Master’s Division) who is clearly regaining his form. Times were not exciting though, with only Dylan managing to average over 10km/h.
Brigette van Aswegen continued her unbeaten streak, but young Mishka Steyn is edging closer every week and I expect a real challenge from her by the end of the series. Third lady home was Patricia Kohrs, somewhat further back.
The Juniors was narrowly won by Ethan Koopmans with Joshua Robertson getting very close to stealing a win, they were literally a wave apart.
Despite the race possibly qualifying as the worst downwind conditions in the history of the event, it was great to get the series off the ground and those who had been feasting on the pies over x-mas were found wanting, while it was great to see the juniors really stepping it up and put themselves into the top 6.
Squeezing runs out of such marginal conditions is a fine art and Dylan showed the field that fitness and technique will make you fly in any conditions – for the rest of the field next week can only get better and we have cooking conditions forecast for the weekend so we expect some serious training to go down!
(all photos © Jane Amoury)
2013 PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series – Race #1 RESULTS
Date: 23rd January 2013
Wind: 15 knots S-SW
|#||Name||Time||Class||Division||% of 1st||Grade||km/h||min/km||Board|
|1||Dylan Frick||0:59:19||14'||Open||100.00||Elite||10.22||0:05:52||Starboard 14' Ace Pro|
|2||Francois Frick||1:02:10||14'||Open||95.42||Elite||9.75||0:06:09||Starboard 14' Ace Pro|
|3||Andrew Cillie||1:02:31||14'||Masters||94.88||A||9.69||0:06:11||Starboard 14' Ace|
|4||Sebastian Cattelan||1:04:06||14'||Open||92.54||A||9.45||0:06:21||Starboard 14' OO|
|5||Ethan Koopmans||1:04:31||14'||Junior||91.94||A||9.39||0:06:23||Naish 14 Glide|
|6||Joshua Robertson||1:04:59||14'||Junior||91.28||A||9.33||0:06:26||Naish 14 LE|
|7||Peter Petersen||1:05:22||14'||Masters||90.74||A||9.27||0:06:28||Naish 14 LE|
|8||Brad Adams||1:05:52||14'||Open||90.06||A||9.20||0:06:31||Fanatic Falcon 14'|
|9||Greg Bertish||1:05:53||14'||Open||90.03||A||9.20||0:06:31||Starboard 14' Ace Pro|
|10||Pietro Muscas||1:05:54||14'||Masters||90.01||A||9.20||0:06:31||Naish 14 Glide|
|11||Nic Muhl||1:06:45||14'||Open||88.86||B||9.08||0:06:37||Naish 14 Glide AST|
|12||Armien Wohlgemuth||1:07:24||14'||Masters||88.01||B||8.99||0:06:40||Naish 14 Glide|
|13||Nico Pfitzenmaier||1:08:42||14'||Open||86.34||B||8.82||0:06:48||Naish 14 Glide AST|
|14||Dave Maxwell||1:09:24||14'||Masters||85.47||B||8.73||0:06:52||Naish 14 Glide|
|15||Oscar Wollheim||1:09:55||14'||Masters||84.84||C||8.67||0:06:55||Naish 14 Glide AST|
|16||Brigette van Aswegen||1:10:18||14'||Lady||84.38||C||8.62||0:06:58||Starboard 14' Ace Pro|
|17||Mishka Steyn||1:12:21||14'||Lady junior||81.99||C||8.38||0:07:10||Starboard 14' OO|
|18||Mitch Wagstaff||1:13:28||14'||Open||80.74||C||8.25||0:07:16||Starboard 14' OO|
|19||Tom King||1:13:58||14'||Open||80.19||C||8.19||0:07:19||Fanatic Falcon 14'|
|20||Mike Fiet||1:14:14||14'||Open||79.91||D||8.16||0:07:21||Coreban 14 Dart|
|21||Tyran Cooper||1:14:24||14'||Open||79.73||D||8.15||0:07:22||Coreban 14 Dart|
|22||Danny Aeberli||1:14:43||14'||Open||79.39||D||8.11||0:07:24||Starboard 14' OO|
|23||Rob Munro||1:15:15||14'||Masters||78.83||D||8.05||0:07:27||Fanatic 14 OO|
|24||Patricia Kohrs||1:19:20||14'||Lady||74.77||D||7.64||0:07:51||Naish 14 Glide AST|
|25||Wayne Robertson||1:19:28||14'||Open||74.64||D||7.63||0:07:52||Coreban 14 Dart|
|26||Craig Ginsberg||1:19:51||14'||Masters||74.29||D||7.59||0:07:54||Naish 14 Glide|
|27||Steve Tripney||1:19:55||14'||Masters||74.22||D||7.58||0:07:55||Coreban 14 Dart|
|28||Monika Wohlgemuth||1:20:08||14'||Lady||74.02||D||7.56||0:07:56||Naish 14 Glide|
|29||Tammy Robarts||1:25:24||12'6||Lady||69.46||D||7.10||0:08:27||Coreban 12'6 Alpha|
|30||Calvin Ginsberg||1:26:04||14'||Junior||68.92||D||7.04||0:08:31||Naish 14 Glide AST|