is SUPracer.com's new South African SUP Correspondent, bringing you the latest Stand Up Paddle race results, news and pics from Cape Town to Durban and everywhere in between.
Peter is one of South Africa's most experienced paddlers and is also the founder of SUP Culture
and Watersports Warehouse
. Check out the latest posts about South African SUP racing below...
Kleinmond in the Western Cape hosted the NaishSUP/SUP Cape Town Estuary Sprint for the 3rd year running. This event forms part of the Gravity Adventure Festival which is a 3 day event attracting over 1,000 athletes from runners to canoeists and cyclists to SUPs!
This year the weather was predicted to be pretty rough – and with 50knot winds blasting through the event site on Friday night – the campsite had been flattened and it was very wet. Despite this the intrepid Cape Town SUP crew was joined by paddlers from upcountry Johannesburg and Durban as valuable points were on offer for the SUPSA national tour title and the chance of an invite to ISA’s Worlds… → READ MORE
The Saffa Team descended on the Molokai experience with some trepidation – none of us had ever raced a similar distance and everyone had told us how tough it was. What little did we know….
Well, where do we start…
Let’s start with the Saffas: Kimon Dos Santos, Brigette van Aswegen, Ryan Butcher and myself. → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: Team Saffa have been camped out on Maui the past few weeks for “Downwind Month” where they’ve been enjoying endless glides and plenty of racing. Last weekend it was the Maui Paddle Champs, and our South Africa go-to man Peter Petersen was determined to put in a solid effort…
Goal #1: Beat his buddy’s race time from last year; Goal #2: Not be beaten by a chick; Goal #3: Be the fastest Saffa in the race. Click through to see how our fearless correspondent fared… → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: Here’s Peter Petersen’s recap of last weekend’s Molokai downwind races, including the big Maui to Molokai on Saturday plus the Komolo to Molokai Hotel race on Sunday. We usually hear updates from Peter about the SUP racing scene in South Africa (another downwind hotspot) but this month Team SA has setup camp on Maui, where they’re all prepping for the big one at the end of the month: Molokai 2 Oahu.
This… is their story → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: South Africa is one of the most under rated hot-spots for SUP racing and right now SUPSA (the national governing body) is right in the middle of a five-race, nation-wide tour.
Click through for the results of stop #3, where young gun Dylan Frick won his second race in as many weeks, plus a recap thanks to our South Africa correspondent Peter Petersen from SUP Culture. → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: South Africa is one of the most under rated hot-spots for SUP racing. It’s got a big scene filled with plenty of elite talent, not not to mention some of the best ocean paddling conditions in the world. Right now SUPSA (South Africa’s governing body for Stand Up Paddling) is in the middle of a national race tour and thanks to our SA correspondent Peter Petersen from SUP Culture, here is the recap of race #2 that was held last week and won by Dylan Frick and Shelley Bradfield… → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: Here’s a recap of the final race from the latest Downwind Dash Series in Cape Town, South Africa, courtesy of our SA Correspondent and SUP Culture founder Peter Petersen.
The final race, and the series, were taken out by young gun Dylan Frick, a name you’d recognise if you followed our ISA World Champs coverage a couple of weeks back. Dylan took out the Bronze Medal in the Technical Course race and now has a win in his home country to add to it. So click through for results and pics of the action from South Africa… → READ MORE
Boss Man’s note: Here’s a quick summary of the action from South Africa on Sunday, courtesy of our local correspondent, SUP Culture head honcho and accomplished SUP racer Peter Petersen.
The Cape Town area is a haven for SUP racing, especially downwinders, and the whole South African paddling scene is really starting to take off (we saw young Dylan Frick make his mark in Peru last week) so click through to check out the latest race action… → READ MORE
Cape Town’s famous South-Easter once again produced the goods for the third race in the PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series, with a stonking 41knot max windspeed (30knots average). Windy all day meant everyone knew it was on so we had more paddlers on the runs, with 49 SUPs, 35 surfskis and 2 prone-paddlers lining up for start.
The extremely high winds caused problems for some with boards getting ripped out of paddlers hands on the start and the finish line! But no swell meant an otherwise easy start and it was a great spectacle to see all the paddlers set off into the stiff breeze. Everyone got runs today, and with 34x personal bests amongst the SUP’s, it was clearly a great day. → READ MORE
Today was Race #2 in the 2013 PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash series and the Cape Doctor (the name of our local South East tradewind here in Cape Town) kept us waiting until 4pm before she made her entry. We had been watching the barometer rise like a homesick angel so we knew she’d be pulling in! And did she pull in? Solid 25knots, with 36knot gusts, with pure SE and flat, swell-less-perfection. It doesn’t get better than this and thankfully most heeded the early calls made that the event was going to be on, and we had 37 SUPs and one prone paddler on the start line. Click through for results and pics… → READ MORE
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. Click through for some great photos plus a full race recap and results of race #1… → READ MORE
Here are the results and a race recap from this weekend’s annual Langebaan Dash Downwinder here in South Africa.
This race is traditionally a windsurf/kitesurf event, but 3 years ago the SUP’ers were invited along as well and this year more than 30 paddlers gave it a crack. The regular wind/kitesurf course becomes a bit of a sidewinder on a SUP, unless the wind switches to pure South East, so we ended up doing an alternate route this year which turned out great.
Taking out the win was young gun Dylan Frick in the men’s race and the unstoppable Brigette van Aswegen in the women’s.
Click through for the race recap, results and some pics of the action… → READ MORE
Team South Africa’s lineup for the 2013 ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard Championship is almost complete. South Africa has a pretty strong local racing/downwinding scene plus we’ve got heaps of wave-riders scattered across our massive shore-line, so we hope to be able to follow up and improve on our Bronze medal in the Team standings in 2012!
The Team is still awaiting final approval from Surfing South Africa, but the line-up should be as follows: → READ MORE
South Africa’s surfing hellman, adventurer and leading SUP racer, Chris Bertish, has just completed one of the maddest SUP missions I’ve heard about…
Paddling along the wild coastline of Western South Africa for 8 days, covering 320kms, with no assistance, carrying 40kgs of supplies on his board, battling 3-5 metre swells and crazy shorebreaks, in very cold (and shark infested) waters, fighting side-winds almost the entire way, sleeping in a tent, blistering like crazy, going blind from sunburn… and all for charity.
This is one amazing story, so click through to get the full story from our South African correspondent Peter Petersen, plus see some cool pics of Chris’ adventure.
But a fair warning: This story will make you feel really, really lazy by comparison… → READ MORE
Big final race held in sizeable surf made for an exhilarating finish to this years PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series here in Cape Town, South Africa. With 9 out of 10 weeks producing raceable conditions (we held races in everything from 17 to 43knots of wind) this has to go down as our most successful series to date!
With Chris Bertish (NAISH), Brigette van Aswegen (STARBOARD) and Ethan Koopmans (NAISH) (Junior) having already wrapped up their divisions it was down to the fight for lesser placings that became the focus of today’s race. Being the final race of the year with only a week and a half to go to x-mas we also incorporated a Code-Red dresscode, which saw some great outfits take to the runs. → READ MORE