Peter Petersen is'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...

Latest From South Africa: Light Is Right For This Week’s PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash

Dylan leading Ethan into Small bayLight winds greeted the PRIMI Naish downwind addicts as Wednesday night continues to tease the event. The week prior to race day (Thu-Tues) provided six days straight of epic downwinds in the 30knot + range…..and tonight we barely had 10knots! At least the direction was still a perfect S-SE but light wind downwinders are rare in Cape Town and it was good to see 30+ paddlers take part.

Paddling in these conditions is about milking every little push you can find and straight off thestart, Brigette van Aswegen showed her intentions. Brigette is training for the ISA Worlds in Nicaragua and her form is clearly improving rapidly as she took off, leaving ladies and gents alike, in her wake. Mishka Steyn caught up and stuck with Brigette but Brigette held it to the line and took a well deserved win in 1.08.12 with Mishka a mere 13 secs behind. Monika Wolgemuth took a fine 3rd in 1.15.03 while Maleen Hoekstra decided the boat was a better option as the last week of paddling was taking it’s toll.   → READ MORE

Big Conditions For The Latest PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Race In Cape Town, South Africa

Downind SUP racing in South AfricaAs was forecast, conditions peaked properly for the 2nd race in the 2014 PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series here in Cape Town, South Africa.

Swell at 3.5 meters and 17 seconds had most of the fleet dreading hopping in the water at Milnerton Lighthouse and especially dodging the rocks at the exit in Big Bay. The wind was a pretty standard 22-30knots whipping up beautiful runners for the entire 10 km downwind run. With conditions looking a little ominous, the field had been whittled down to 27 of the more experienced paddlers.   → READ MORE

The Wind Returns To Cape Town

Downwind SUP Race in South AfricaAfter sitting it out for 3 weeks straight we finally managed to get wind for our Wednesday night race. The wolf-pack has been feasting on 4-5 downwinds per week – and tonight we got very contestable conditions with a 15-23knot breeze and a solid 2-3m swell pounding the put in and exit areas.

30 paddlers lined up with a good handful of newcomers. Dani Reinhart from Switzerland who took 2nd to Ethan Koopmans at the NISCO Worlds in Las Vegas last year, swapped out his windsurfer and flatwater SUP board for a downwind Glide. Sebastien Cattelan made a welcome return on his inflatable but promptly broke his paddle and canoed his way to the finish where he chose to not go through the finish gate to register a DNF….never a dull moment!   → READ MORE

South Africa’s Wild Man Does It Again: Chris Bertish Paddles 130km In 12 Hours To Set Downwind World Record

Chris BertishChris Bertish has made a name for himself doing things a little differently: First guy to paddle in (not tow) at Jaws in 2000, winning Maverick’s Big Wave Invitational in 2010, in the biggest wave in recorded paddle in history (on a borrowed board because his didn’t show up) and then stand up paddling 320km up the South African West Coast in 2012, completely unassisted & unsupported, facing sharks, massive waves and unfavourable winds whilst carrying everything (tent, food, comms etc) on his board.

This time round he’s turned his focus back on one of his first loves of SUP – downwinding. Chris was the first guy to do our local 10km Cape Town Milnerton downwinder which has since grown into the annual PRIMI Naish 20x race series. He was unbeatable for the first 3 years and held the course record up until recently as well. I had the pleasure of joining him in 2011 on a 65km downwinder from Cape Town Waterfront to Yzerfontein – it took us 7 hours and I spent an hour in the support boat because he’d gotten too far ahead…. That was one of many occasions where I realised this guy is not your average Joe….

The latest challenge Chris decided to tackle, was the 12 hour open sea record, which supposedly stands at 120km. Chris reasoned that our South Easter would help propel him up the coast at speeds in excess of 10km/h, meaning 120km was his goal.   → READ MORE

Dylan Frick, Mishka Steyn Wrap Up Downwind Dash Series In South Africa

Stand Up Paddling South AfricaThe 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…   → READ MORE

Race #5 In South Africa: Photo Finish Between The Young Guns

Dylan Frick and Ethan KoopmansA fresh bout of wind rocked up just in time for the 5th race of the PRIMI Naish Downwind series – 15-22knots and a 2-3ft wave made exit and paddling a breeze. Everyone got through the breakers unscathed and in start one it was Rory Smyth who shot out of the blocks and got a great start. Mishka Steyn also featured prominently as the first group set off for the finish in Big Bay in fine fashion.

Second start was again dominated by Dylan Frick who paddles hard and fast from the very first stroke. Ethan Koopmans didn’t give Dylan too much rope this time and these two set off on a battle royal never before seen on our downwinders. The two followed each other on every run so they at one point where way off line and even offered a glimmer of hope for the pursuit team of Peter Petersen, Joshua Robertson and Brad Adams – it remained all but a glimmer and never more…. The Bertish brothers, Greg and Chris were absent due to injury and other commitments, while Ivan van Vuuren was a non-starter as the wind did not exceed 25knots….This left the battle for the lead entirely to Dylan and Ethan and opened up opportunities for the lower placed paddlers to make their mark.   → READ MORE

Nine-Year-Old Kid’s Downwind Bravery

stand up paddle downwinder videoCool little clip courtesy of our South Africa correspondent Peter Petersen, showing off the skills of nine-year-old Cameron Tripney on his first ever downwind run.

So… how many of us had the guts to paddle through 25+ knot winds in a really cold patch of water that’s famous for its giant sharks… before our tenth birthday?   → READ MORE

Ethan Koopmans Causes Upset In Week Three Of South Africa’s Downwind Dash Series

Downwind Dash Stand Up paddle race South AfricaThe third event in the 10 race “PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series” finally saw some decent wind with 20-30knots fanning the 10km course from Milnerton to Big Bay. Dylan Frick has been running riot winning everything he’s entered for as long as one cares to remember – but strong wind downwinds have not always been a favorite with him, so tonights paddle was wide open.

Chris Bertish is always a firm favorite in strong downwind conditions but his pre-race prep programme may have broken a lesser man. Sunday he did a 67km downwinder un-assisted in under 7 hours, then he went for a short downwind with his girlfriend in Langebaan that same afternoon. Monday he went to gym and swam, same on Tuesday before doing the Milnerton – Big Bay 10km downwind as a warm-up for tonights race only just making it back in time for the start. Surely his batteries would be low by now?   → READ MORE