Mauritius Ocean Classic 2012 - Mocke triumphs ** Full Results **

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Dawid Mocke - 2012 Mauritius Ocean Classic Champion Dawid Mocke - 2012 Mauritius Ocean Classic Champion Credits: Rob Mousley, www.surfski.info

Whoa, Mocke’s on a tiger line,” yelled race director Anton Erasmus as he watched Dawid Mocke come in through the Le Morne pass. “If he doesn’t catch this one, he’s going to get taken out…”

You can’t fight the weather

The day dawned bright and clear – but the forecast wind was nowhere in evidence.  It was going to be hot and flat and on current form, Dawid Mocke was not expected to win.

“On paper,” he said, “I wasn’t going to be in the top two – especially after EuroChallenge.

“That’s the only race that Hank hadn’t won this year – and you could argue that even there, there were factors at play there other than Hank’s fitness.  And Jeremy beat Clint Robinson just last week.”

Start

The start location was perfect: the protected beach in Jacotet Bay, 4km up the coast from Tamassa. The only trouble was that the ocean beyond the reef looked ominously flat!  It would be a long hard slog for some of the paddlers – and an energy sapping, heart burning battle for the leaders.

“My tactics were simple,” said Mocke.  “Go out and work the little runs and see what happened.  If I could link two runs every time, maybe I’d be able to drop the other guys.”

Start

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Fast Pace

Moments after the start, a front bunch of six paddlers broke away: Dawid and Jasper Mocke, Hank McGregor, Matt Bouman, Jeremy Cotter and Barry Lewin.  But the bunch didn’t last long.  Within 3km Dawid Mocke had linked one more than the others and had moved ahead on his own.

“I was going at over 15kph and I knew it would be difficult for anyone to catch up,” said Mocke.

So when Hank McGregor suddenly appeared to Mocke’s right, he “got a huge fright”.

The leaders were 7km into the race by now.  Mocke sat on McGregor’s slip for a while, but then moved out to sea to find his own line.

“I was feeling uncomfortable on his slip,” said Mocke.  “I wanted to get my rhythm back.”

Behind them Aussie star Jeremy Cotter was finding his second wind.  “The other guys just went too fast for me at the start,” he said.  “I blew up early, but got my second wind after about 12km.”

Matt Bouman watched Cotter reel in McGregor.  “4km from the pass, I could see that Hank was struggling,” he said.

As the men entered the infamous Le Morne pass, Mocke had created a substantial lead.  “I wanted to get to the pass first,” he said.  “My chances of winning would be exponentially higher.”

Tiger Line

“A set was just coming in when I got there,” said Mocke.  “I could see that I had to catch the first, smaller wave.  I knew that if I missed it, I’d be caught on the inside!”

Not knowing where the others were, Mocke rode the wave across the pass, lined up a smaller wave and rode that one into the protected water of the lagoon.

Meanwhile Cotter had caught up with McGregor and the two men charged for a wave together. Cotter fell back and McGregor surged back into second position.  But not for long.

“I just overtook him on the flat,” said Cotter simply.

Mocke meanwhile was focused on keeping up boat speed.  “I was just trying to keep going at 13kph,” he said.  “I looked back and saw Jeremy coming up fast and got another fright!”

But he was in no danger, and crossed the line a solid 35 seconds in front of the Australian.

Dawid Mocke

Dawid Mocke

Dawid Mocke

Dawid Mocke

“I was ecstatic to have won,” said Mocke.  “It’s definitely up there in my top 5 results.  To beat the two in-form paddlers was just great.

“But result doesn’t change the world rankings much – especially with Jeremy coming in right behind me.  The US Champs and Hong Kong races will be important in terms of the World Series.”

“All credit to Dawid,” said Hank McGregor after the race.  “I think I may have overdone my training for the Berg.  If there had been some more wind, I might have been able to stay up there, but today there was nowhere to hide!”

Matt Bouman

Matt Bouman came fourth

Barry Lewin

Barry Lewin came 5th after losing his juice at the beginning of the race

Richard von Wildemann

After a bad start, Richard von Wildemann took a risk and came through the reef at Tamassa and paddled the rest of the way inside the lagoon

Women’s Race

“It was hard, unrelenting,” said Ruth Highman.  But it was a clump of weed wrapped round her rudder that was the turning point for her race.

After the start, Highman found herself in a bunch with Angie Mouden and two other paddlers.

“Suddenly, although I could see on my GPS that we weren’t going any faster,” she said, “my effort had increased exponentially, and I knew that I had weed.”

She stopped, paddled backwards to dump the weed and then faced having to re-catch the bunch who were now about 200m ahead.

Movement in the water

“It was only then that I realized that there was movement in the water,” said Highman.  “And I was moving faster on my own than when I was with the bunch.”

She quickly caught the others up, and watched as her speed went down again.

“So I just went.  It increased the work rate slightly, but it was doable.  So the weed was a godsend!”

By the time they reached Le Morne, the others were out of sight.  Not wanting to repeat last year’s experience when she was hammered by the waves, Highman played it “totally safe”.

“I went far over to the left of the channel.  I watched a couple of skis catching runs on my right and I just thought, ‘I hope that’s not any of the girls!’”.

It wasn’t and although she lost a few places to some of the male paddlers, Highman crossed the line in 33rd place overall, nearly two minutes ahead of Mouden.

“But the highlight for me,” she said, “was to see how Angie Mouden has improved in the last couple of months since Guadeloupe.  She’s going to be an exciting paddler in the future.”  [Editor: Mouden is planning to spend a couple of months training with the Mockes in Cape Town towards the end of the year.]

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Angie Mouden (France) 2nd, Ruth Highman (Aus) 1st, Kerry Louw (SA) 3rd

Fat Paddlers

And as for the FP v SS.I challenge…  Inexperienced the Fat Paddlers may be on the water (and they were worked over thoroughly by the waves in the Le Morne pass) they displayed true grit and determination to overcome team SS.I in the boat races in the pub last night.

Go team Fat Paddler!  (Check out their blog at www.fatpaddler.com.)

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Team Fat Paddler - Sean Smith and Nat Bradford cross the line after their adventures in the pass

Dawid Mocke and Miss Brazil

And to the victor, the spoils! (Miss Brazil was on hand to present the trophies...)

 


 

 

Full Results

NAMECOUNTRYBOAT NOOverallCategoryTIME
MOCKE, DAWID SOUTH AFRICA 1 1 1 01:21:42
COTTER, JEREMY AUSTRALIA 105 2 2 01:22:17
MC GREGOR, HANK SOUTH AFRICA 102 3 3 01:23:49
BOUMAN, MATT SOUTH AFRICA 4 4 4 01:24:19
LEWIN, BARRY SOUTH AFRICA 8 5 5 01:24:58
VON WILDERMANN, RICHARD SOUTH AFRICA 14 6 6 01:25:40
BIRD, WILL AUSTRALIA 84 7 7 01:26:23
MOCKE, JASPER SOUTH AFRICA 3 8 8 01:26:37
RESIDE, STUART AUSTRALIA 34 9 9 01:28:03
BEAMENT, DEAN & GARDINER, DEAN AUSTRALIA 11 10 1st double 01:28:32
COOKE, LACHLAN AUSTRALIA 9 11 10 01:29:07
ANDERSON, MARK AUSTRALIA 7 12 11 01:29:40
CHALUPSKY, HERMAN SOUTH AFRICA 101 13 12 01:30:23
CHARLES, PETER AUSTRALIA 41 14 13 01:30:57
BEAVIS, JAMIE AUSTRALIA 26 15 14 01:30:58
ROWETT, MATTHEW AUSTRALIA 82 16 15 01:31:38
DOBLER, MICHAEL GERMANY 19 17 16 01:31:39
FIFILS, FRANK GUADALOUPE 104 18 17 01:32:38
LUPTON SMITH, SEAN SOUTH AFRICA 72 19 18 01:33:21
TAYLOR, NICK AUSTRALIA 10 20 19 01:33:44
KNOWLES, JAMES AUSTRALIA 13 20 20 01:33:44
STANDLEY, JOHN DUBAI UAE 110 22 21 01:34:39
DOWNES, BRENDAN AUSTRALIA 51 23 22 01:34:50
BERRUYER, PIERRE REUNION 15 24 23 01:35:25
MARTIN, GERARD & MACKENZIE, CRAIG MAURITIUS 126 25 2 double 01:36:01
BINGERMANN, MICHAEL AUSTRALIA 95 26 24 01:36:21
BLOUNT, PATRICK & BOY, JOSEPH SOUTH AFRICA 100 27 3rd double 01:36:34
FORD, MICHAEL WILLIAM AUSTRALIA 60 28 25 01:36:43
CURRIN, BRENDAN SOUTH AFRICA 25 29 26 01:37:22
DENNIS, WILLIAM AUSTRALIA 47 30 27 01:37:50
CROTHERS, ANDREW AUSTRALIA 42 31 28 01:39:10
FAHEY, ADAM AUSTRALIA 66 32 29 01:39:24
HIGHMAN, RUTH AUSTRALIA 111 33 1st lady 01:39:25
LAFORET, PAUL REUNION 27 34 30 01:39:43
BUTLER, SHAUN SOUTH AFRICA 16 35 31 01:39:44
MOUDEN, ANGIE FRANCE 120 36 2nd lady 01:41:21
BAKER, ADAM SOUTH AFRICA 22 37 32 01:41:43
DE SPEVILLE, SIMON MAURITIUS 20 38 33 01:42:34
MARAIS, IAN SOUTH AFRICA 73 39 34 01:43:06
FOSTER, KEN AUSTRALIA 61 40 35 01:43:06
ALLOTT, BRYAN SOUTH AFRICA 38 41 36 01:43:08
QUIRK, CHRIS AUSTRALIA 43 42 37 01:43:49
LOUW, KERRY SOUTH AFRICA 112 43 3rd lady 01:43:50
HEWLETT, JASON AUSTRALIA 65 44 38 01:44:00
HENRY, JEAN PHILIPPE MAURITIUS 121 45 39 01:44:12
HARDIE, MARK AUSTRALIA 32 46 40 01:44:19
GOUSSAIRE, OLIVIER REUNION 46 47 41 01:44:51
BOTHA, ANDRE SOUTH AFRICA 33 48 42 01:44:55
BORLAND, MIKE SOUTH AFRICA 31 49 43 01:44:58
SAUL, MURRAY AUSTRALIA 83 50 44 01:45:37
SMITH, MAT AUSTRALIA 87 51 45 01:45:55
KELLY, MARK SOUTH AFRICA 63 52 46 01:45:56
GILMER, DAVID SOUTH AFRICA 44 53 47 01:46:28
VENNIKER, RICHARD SOUTH AFRICA 92 54 48 01:47:13
BINGHAM, KIM AUSTRALIA 29 55 49 01:47:20
WEBER, LAURENCE AUSTRALIA 94 56 50 01:47:30
GAEL, BRAEN REUNION 11 57 51 01:48:35
TOMPSON, DEAN MAURITIUS 124 58 52 01:48:49
ROBERTSON, BRUCE SOUTH AFRICA 81 59 53 01:49:09
STAFFORD,EDDIE MAURITIUS 123 60 54 01:49:10
TARR, GAVIN SOUTH AFRICA 85 61 55 01:49:46
SLATER, BRYAN SOUTH AFRICA 86 62 56 01:49:54
ANDREWS, CHAD SOUTH AFRICA 21 63 57 01:49:55
JACOBS, MURRAY AUSTRALIA 23 64 58 01:50:16
PURCHASE, TONY SOUTH AFRICA 55 65 59 01:51:03
BATCHELOR, DAVE SOUTH AFRICA 24 66 60 01:51:04
TILLEY, TREVOR AUSTRALIA 91 67 61 01:51:45
KILLINGBECK, STEPHEN ROSS AUSTRALIA 71 68 62 01:52:32
VEGLIO, ANDRE MAURITIUS 130 69 63 01:52:42
WESSELS, KIRSTEN SOUTH AFRICA 113 70 4th lady 01:52:47
HUGO, EUGENE NAMIBIA 58 71 64 01:52:51
ANDERSON, RYAN & FERGUSON, DAVE MAURITIUS; SOUTH AFRICA 68 72 4th double 01:53:06
HUME, IAN SOUTH AFRICA 48 73 65 01:53:07
MYERS, STUART JAMES DAVID AUSTRALIA 76 74 66 01:53:12
HARDY, JEAN MARC REUNION 49 75 67 01:53:37
HARVEY, PHILIP AUSTRALIA 64 76 68 01:53:42
HACKLAND, TONY AUSTRALIA 103 77 69 01:53:49
COOK, JACQUELINE AUSTRALIA 119 78 5th lady 01:55:05
ISAAC, ZAC SOUTH AFRICA 67 79 70 01:55:32
SCANDIZZO, MARIANO UAE 108 80 71 01:55:33
BUTTON, DAVE & BUTTON, JACQUI SOUTH AFRICA 45 81 5th double; 6th lady 01:55:35
MATTHEWS, TOM AUSTRALIA 69 82 72 01:59:12
BUCK, ROGER AUSTRALIA 37 83 73 01:59:21
PARKES, KIM SOUTH AFRICA 52 84 74 02:00:09
VIDLER, KEN AUSTRALIA 57 85 75 02:00:10
PARRY, MICHAEL SOUTH AFRICA 77 86 76 02:03:52
SIMPSON, TONY HONG KONG 74 87 77 02:05:10
KEMP, PETER AUSTRALIA 70 88 78 02:05:23
DODDS, ROXANNE & MARTIN, ROXANNE SOUTH AFRICA 56 89 6th double; 7 & 8 lady 02:05:25
ELLIOT, ROGER SOUTH AFRICA 50 90 79 02:09:13
LANGDON, KATE AUSTRALIA 117 91 9th lady 02:10:44
BRADFORD, NATHANIEL AUSTRALIA 36 92 80 02:21:26
SMITH, SEAN PAUL AUSTRALIA 80 93 81 02:21:27

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