Durban - Matt Bouman and Wade Krieger pooled their deep water surfski
experience and tactical nous to race away with the final title of the Bay Union
Open Ocean Challenge when they won the Open Ocean Challenge going
away on Sunday.
The pairing, which seems to get better with each outing, patiently sat with a
fast-paced bunch from the start at Durban Underwater Club down to the southerly
turn can off the Bluff, where they shrugged off all the challengers bar
youngsters Hamish Lovemore and Clint Cook.
On the return leg, racing in small but tricky conditions, Bouman and
Krieger took better advantage of the swell and ground out an ever increasing
lead to secure the win.
"Matt (Bouman) and I have paddled together four or five times, and I can
honestly say that we have never been better," said Krieger after the win.
"The runs coming back were complicated, but he is such a fundi in
conditions like that. He has been paddling the Geriatksi course down to the
Bluff and back for years, and he knows it so well.
"Matt just seems to know precisely when to go hard. It felt like we
understood each other better," added Krieger.
Bouman was also enthusing about the lengthening of his stroke, and attributed
this to the time he has spent paddling behind Ant Stott in the recent
flat-water marathon canoeing events.
The win will be an ominous sign ahead of the upcoming Gara Dolphin Coast
Challenge on 19 and 20 August which the pairing of Bouman and Krieger have
committed to racing together.
Lovemore and Cook wrapped up second in a sprint up the beach with Bailey de
Fondaumiere and Gene Prato.
The women's title fell to the impressive combination of Michelle Burn and
Hayley Nixon, two of the best female surfski paddlers in the world at the
moment, as they relished their time in the double ski together.
Jenna Ward and Kyeta Purchase were second, less than thirty seconds off their
The final race of the popular Sunday morning series was also a celebration for
the thriving development programme that has been activity driven by the
Geriatski surfski community.
youngsters from Umgababa have revelled in the three short course races in the
series so far, and have been regular visitors to the short course podium.
On Sunday, they were given the opportunity to race the 12km long course out to
the Bluff and back by pairing them up with seasoned partners for the double ski
Bay Union Open Ocean Challenge Series:
Summary of Results - Geriatskis Open Ocean Challenge
1 Matthew Bouman/Wade Krieger 0:53:12.00
2 Hamish Lovemore/Clinton Cook 0:54:11.91
3 Bailey De Fondaumiere/Gene Prato 0:54:16.32
4 Luke Nisbet/Anton Rencken 0:55:00.93
5 Richard Burn 0:55:09.59
6 Thomas Lovemore/Tyron Maher 0:55:13.99
7 Herman Chalupsky/Colin Simpkins 0:56:50.28
8 Richard Lowe/Callam Davis 0:57:33.64
9 Shaun Burgin/Donna Winter 0:57:52.64
10 Linton Hope/Bruce Wenke 0:58:52.41
11 Bruce Pender-Smith/Murray Smith 0:59:00.44
12 Michelle Burn/Hayley Nixon 0:59:14.63
13 Gavin Searle/Michel De Rauville 0:59:56.33
14 Malcolm Carey/Matt Gunning 1:00:02.14
15 Jenna Ward/Kyeta Purchase 1:00:06.58
16 Jordan Clauson/Mhlengi Mngadi 1:02:14.29
17 Allan Hold/Geoff Thompson 1:02:24.30
18 Mark Kelly/Grant Walker 1:02:38.58
19 Irvin Dixon/Byron Mc Kie 1:02:46.19
20 Cameron Hudson/Calven Clack 1:03:09.65
1 Michelle Burn/Hayley Nixon 0:59:14.63
2 Jenna Ward/Kyeta Purchase 1:00:06.58
1 Zoog Haynes/Ty Haynes 0:36:34.91
2 Gabi Howarth/Lance Howarth 0:37:05.93
3 Savannah Van Rooyen/Siobhan Sharp 0:37:06.29
4 Ryan Roberts/Ross Roberts 0:39:51.86
5 Michael Shattock 0:40:14.55
6 Sanele Nxumalo 0:40:36.27
7 Duane Taylor 0:41:13.89
8 Allan Lawrie/Daniel Lawrie 0:41:33.78
9 Emanuel Zaloumis/Morghan Flanagan 0:41:39.61
10 Victoria Aadnesgaard 0:41:48.60
22 Matthew Swemmer 0:44:56.78
36 Jaqueline Lecourt De Billot 0:49:04.55
38 Lande Williamson 0:49:45.97
42 Shannon Clark 0:52:11.63
43 Jon Ivins 0:52:35.28
44 Jeanne Grace 0:54:22.90
48 Karisa Grace 1:02:44.92
49 Rankin Grace 1:02:59.42