SURF, SURF, SURF
Large swells still continue to pound our coastline. This is a picture of the surf at Umhlanga rocks beach yesterday. The lifeguard tower building is a full three storey high building above the normal high water mark.
SURFSKI SEASON WRAP UP
As the winter surfski season inDurbanwraps up and the calendar starts to take shape for the Summer, you tend to forget or just bypass the small things that go towards making paddling such a great community.
We had this year, visitingDurbanfromDubai, an expat South African, Nico Smit, coming out to do the Scottburgh to Brighton marathon in a double ski with a lady paddler fromDubai, Becky Meheu. Becky has never been exposed to anything like our conditions before, and this years Scottburgh toBrightonwas no exception, with massive surf. These two hung in to finish the marathon after having a torrid time in the surf at both Scottburgh and at Amanzimtoti, and finish they did.
They were very appreciative of the hospitality and amongst the other people they recognized, we offered a boat for them to use, and as a result, I am now the proud owner of a carved wooden camel curio fromDubaiwhich we will treasure. The attached picture is of these two gutsy paddlers, smashing through the surf at the start at Scottburgh.
It is great to have visiting paddlers take part in our races. They will certainly be welcome back.
NEW SEASON STARTING
Across the Bay in the far corner of Durbanharbour exists, one of the really great Canoe clubs in our region. The Stella Canoe club boasts arguably the most fun loving social membership you will find anywhere. Steered by Neels Meyer and his committee, nothing is too much trouble for these guy’s. We have had a great relationship with Stella canoe Club over the years and are always happy to assist them with any events that they take on.
Early in the canoeing season they very unselfishly host a ladies day canoe race, geared to participation by ladies and people new to paddling. They do a lot to promote the sport, and particularly the fun side of it. Their role in the paddling community is not often recognised as much as it should.
We supported their event this year and attached is a picture of a group of the participants in lifejackets for the first time and paddles in hand waiting at the briefing.
Tomorrow is the US Surfski Champs inSan Francisco. Good luck to the South Africans taking part.
See you on the water.