Sean Rice wins Fish Hoek Race

Sunday, 30 October 2011 20:47 | Written by  Gameplan Media
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Sean Rice wins... Sean Rice wins... Credits: John Hishin/Gameplan Media

Fish Hoek - Sean Rice threw the race for the Discovery Sunglass Hut Surfski Series title wide open by winning the New Balance Surf Challenge in dramatic circumstances on Sunday.

Sprint Finish

For the second week running the race was decided in a sprint finish up the beach. This time it was Rice who upstaged Dawid Mockè and Tom Schilperoort to win the title by less than a boat length in a thrilling finale.  The three men leave next week to compete in Hong Kong and Dubai.

Sean Rice, Dawid Mocke

Sean Rice sprints up the beach with Dawid Mocke in hot pursuit...

Tough Call

Dawid Mockè, who was race director, had a tough call to make after days of heightened shark activity in the area. He set a course outside the bay, but close enough to the coast line to shelter the paddlers from the predicted harsh conditions. Although a rain squall lashed the area just before the start, the predicted high winds did not appear and the race began in ideal paddling conditions with flat seas and medium winds.

Shark Alarm

Shortly after the paddlers left the bay, they were startled to hear the shark alarm go off, which was triggered by a seal in the vicinity. Ten minutes later however the alarm went off again, but it was not a false alarm. The race continued despite the shark alarm.

Fish Hoek

The unseasonal north wester produced flat conditions...

Marathon on the flat

"It was hard and a bit like a marathon event with the top four paddling in spurts and taking breaks," said Rice. "There were a few runs going out to flat rock and all in all it was a good course. It’s great to be winning with the two international races coming up soon." 

Following the winners in close proximity was series race one winner Jasper Mockè, followed by Steve Farrell and Gary Cromie.

Women’s Race

The women's race was won by Alexa Cole of Peninsula Canoe Club and who has just returned from the World Canoe Marathon Championships , paddling the all new Allwave ski from Italy. Last week’s winner Kim Brugman, was second with race one winner Donia Kamstra third.

Cole was delighted with her win. "The conditions made it a hard race, but I enjoyed it and enjoyed the new ski I paddled," said Cole "It’s good to be back in a surfski after a long season of canoeing."

Hard but fun?

The race was contested by a field of 119 surf ski paddlers, all of whom agreed that it was hard but fun.  [Editor: “hard but fun?” Yeah right…  It was one of those days where you just have to accept what the weather gods have given you and write it off to training…  Surfski is about downwind – not flogging away on someone’s slip!]

Discovery Downwind… please!

The Series moves to the Atlantic Sea board for race four, The Discovery Downwind on Sunday 6 November. This is a mobile start event depending on wind conditions. More details can be found at

Discovery Sunglass Hut Surfski Series


(Full results at


1. Sean Rice (Varsity College) 1:00:18

2. Dawid Mockè (Fish Hoek SLC) 1:00:19

3. Tom Schilperoort (Peninsula) 1:00:28

4. Jasper Mocke (Peninsula) 1:00:35

5. Steve Farrell (Peninsula) 1:03:15

6. Gary Cromie (Strand) 1:03:30

7. Jayden Alford-Loots (Peninsula) 1:04:33

8. Simon Van Geysen (Peninsula) 1:04:48

9. Ian Black (Strand) 1:04:52

10. Justin Maddock (Peninsula) 1:04:53


1. Alexa Cole (Peninsula) 1:09:48

2. Kim Brugman (Peninsula) 1:10:19

3. Donia Kamstra (Strand) 1:13:57 


1. Gill Anderson/Anthony Pearce (Peninsula) 1:06:03

2. Rob Hart/Liz Hart (Peninsula) 1:06:08

3. Brett Steyn/Sean Hooper Peninsula) 1:10:01


1. Dominic Notten ( Wynberg)(U18) 1:04:58

2. Kenneth Rice (Bergvliet)(U16) 1:33:12

3. Craig Flanagan(U18) 1:08:58

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