SUP, SPEED, SUN & SURF are the 4 ingredients that made up what has to be one of the most spectacular all round race events in the stand up paddle history of South Africa. Three days of non-stop action with riders from 6 different countries competing for the 3rd Annual Coreban International Summer Series Title.
Day 1 - Surf slalom racing at it’s best - 8 man heats with top 4 riders advancing through to the next heat. Paddlers from 5 to 55 making an impression on the crowd as they took off from the beach, through the surf and around a 800m meter coarse. Endurance and speed, two factors that would allow for top results.
Day 2 - Perfect weather, flat surf and no wind. Ideal conditions for the 3.7 km long distance racing through the surf zone, across Big Bay and around the outside islands. With 7 different classes ranging from Kids to Legends, each division showcased paddling of the highest level as competitors battled it out for first place. End of the day Expression Session saw riders of all ages taking on the waves and releasing last bit of energy before the final day racing.
Day 3 - As the crowds flooded the beach for the final day, contest director called for Surf Sprint SUP – definitely not for the faint hearted as competitors in 4 man heats sprinted with stand up paddle boards into the surf, raced through the waves, around the buoy to finish with a short sprint to finish line. Top 2 places advancing into the next heat. Action, tight combat and intense racing saw the all round athletes emerging to top places opening a whole new dimension to the sport of SUP.
After 3 competitive days of racing at new levels, Greg Bertish took top honours in the Men’s Open, followed closely by Peter Petersen and in 3rd, Ross Lahana.
From all of us at Coreban SUP Gear, thanks for your support. We wish you a blessed Christmas and look forward to greater events, product and family fun in 2011.
For full race results check: http://www.coreban.com/SummerSeries/results2010.html