5-10knots of Southerly wind, with a touch of SW at the finish, made for marginal downwind conditions during race #2 of the 2013/14 PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series. There were some bumps and there were also 35 takers for the challenge – including a welcome comeback for Chris Bertish. Chris’s return was much awaited as he is a multiple SA downwind champion and has spent the past months getting to grips with the SIC bullet 17’ which has had so much success in Hawaii. The talk of the night was whether Chris on the Bullet was enough to unseat the seemingly unbeatable Dylan Frick on his modified 14’ Sprint. → READ MORE
Peter Petersen 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...
It was the first race of the 2013/2014 PRIMI Naish downwind season after a 6 month hiatus. Click through to see how it all went down… → READ MORE
The fifth and final race in the 2013 SUPSA National Race Tour was held at Germiston Lake, Johannesburg on the 7th of Sept. The Germiston Lake area was populated in the hey-days of gold-mining and rumour has it it still packs plenty of gold and other minerals below the heavy weeds that have now made weed fins compulsory equipment for paddlers.
Germiston is sitting at 1600 meters (5,200 feet) altitude, so the air is somewhat thinner than down at the coast, which would take its toll on the visitors from the coast. The region is also extremely dry this time of year – the locals claim it’s drier than Kimi Raikonnen’s humour and that even the camels left for Sahara some time back… The air temp was 25 degrees celsius with virtually no wind, or in other words:perfect flatwater racing conditions. → READ MORE
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
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
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
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
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