I attended the champs on 21 March as a competitor in the Marine SLC Team, 22 -24 March as a Team manager and on all 4 days as a manufacturer. I was reminded throughout the champs of the great spread of usage of our lifesaving craft throughout South Africa and was blown away by the success of our craft in the results in all the age groups, junior under 16, junior under 19, senior and masters.
Clearly, the most used and most successful single ski in S.A. is the TITAN, with the TITAN 2 (Adjustable), becoming more and more popular with clubs and competitors with each competition.
Most of the single ski finals were dominated by over 60% of the field on the TITAN and TITAN 2. There were also a number of other Team titles, ie; surfski relay and Taplin relay that were won or placed using the TITAN single ski. It was also good to see the amount of clubs that are now using our new competition rescue craft.
A particular feature of the champs was in the masters champs, where the competitors predominantly use their clubs craft, how, with a only very few exceptions almost all the titles were won on the TITAN single ski and both the masters double ski titles were won on the APEX 2 double surfski.
It was a long hard championships, held in varying unpredictable seas at times, and we were elated at the overall representation of Custom Kayaks craft country wide. We will be looking at ways to innovate even further for next season.
Some of the title holders on our ski’s are as follows:-
TITAN SINGLE SKI
National Male Iron man title, (Gold medal) in all three age groups, Senior (Luke Nesbit), U19 (Paul van Achterberg) and U16 (Nicholas Nottan)
Paul in his Titan
National Ladies Iron Woman title U19 (Kirsten Flanagan)
National single ski championship – Senior Men – Silver medal (Sean Rice)
Senior ladies -Gold medal (Tiffany Kruger)
Junior male – U16 – gold Medal (Nicholas Nottan)
Junior lady – U 16 – gold medal (Amy Hare)
MARK 2 DOUBLE SURFSKI
National double surfski championship – Senior men – Bronze medal
(Brandon van der Walt & Nic Burdin)
National Mixed double surfski championship – silver medal – Oliver Burn & Michelle Eder.