Post by Mark Lewin
S.A. SURF LIFESAVING CHAMPS – CAMPS BAY CAPE TOWN
I have been away at the above champs last week, and what a privilege it was to be there. The competitors had to deal with a huge shore break that damaged plenty of craft. I saw incredible results on our craft and I witnessed a great performance by my own club, Marine S.L.S.C. from Durban.
Highlights were plenty. Barry Lewin and Mark Mulder teamed up for the first time and winning the S.A. Double Surfski Title. Brandon van der Walt winning the junior single ski title. Barry winning 3 bronze medals in other events, contributing hugely towards the clubs overall result. All of these performances on Custom Kayaks craft.
The Marine S.L.S.C. surf boat crew under the leadership of sweep oarsman Gary Brummer winning 5 out of 5 races, thereby winning the National surfboat Championship title.
Very close to my heart was the performance of the development squad at Marine that I coach. These guys have never competed in surf like we experienced at these champs, coupled by the cold water in Camps bay. They were amazing. We travelled to Cape Town with me thinking that we had no good Malibu board paddlers at all. Both of the clubs board relay teams of three paddlers each made the board relay final largely due to the efforts of the development paddlers. This has been a 2 year process from most of these competitors never having swam in the sea before, to making finals at the National Lifesaving Championships.
Sthembiso and Tando in action in the double ski race
The surf was very big on the Friday and this is a sequence of pictures showing Brandon van der Walt getting worked over very badly in the crunching shore break in the ski relay event.
Other highlights was the outstanding performances during the 3 days by Luke Nesbit of Pirates L.S.C., in winning the Iron man title and being crowned the Victor Ladorum of the competition. Luke and brother Adam Nesbit both competing on our TITAN single surfski this season. Luke remains unbeaten in Iron Man events in S.A. for the past year and a half.
The depth of dominance of the TITAN single ski at the Nationals was reflected in the boys under 16 and under 19, and girls under 16 and under 19 surfski championship winners were all on the TITAN.
At the Championships, we launched the new TITAN 2 adjustable spec ski, with its new dynamic deck shape. I will reflect more on this new ski in the next blog entry with pictures.
See you on the water