Lindy Taverner

Winter is adventure time!

2011-07-06 14:19
Sport24 columnist Lindy Taverner (File)
Lindy Taverner

There is so much happening in the adventure world over the next month!

The Mr Price Pro ASP surfing event is going down in Ballito at the moment, all bets are on Jordy Smith retaining his title.
Running in conjunction with the this event is The Paddle Battle Ballito 2011 Stand Up Paddle Race, offering the biggest prize purse in SUP racing in South Africa.

The Cape is not short on the action front with the Knysna Oyster festival on the go. The DueSouth Xterra duathlon and Pick n Pay Knysna Forest Half Marathon and the Lagoon Challenge are coming up.  There are a large number of very keen sports lovers competing in all the various sports events taking place. Antoine van Heerden is in the lead at the moment for the Big 5 Challenge.

The infamous Billabong Pro in JBay starts on July 14. The world’s top 34 surfers take to the legendary waves of Supertubes in stop No 4 of 11 on the 2011 ASP Dream Tour. It’s seriously an event (and party…) not to be missed.

We can look forward to watching current ASP World Title Race rankings leader Adriano de Souza from Brazil, defending champion and local favourite Jordy Smith, 10-time world champion Kelly Slater from the USA and perennial Ozzie favourite, Taj Burrow.

In a month’s time, from August 12-14, is the Gravity Adventure Festival at the Palmiet River in Kleinmond, Western Cape. There are swimming, mountain bike, down river kayak, Stand Up Paddling challenges, a light-hearted inflatable race, various kids events and a huge party!

If you’re keen on adventure racing, the first race in the Western Cape ADventure (WCAD) Series takes place on the Saturday and is part of the Festival.

Teams will race in pairs and will cover 80-100km and involve basic navigation using topo maps. Disciplines involve MTB and trail running/trekking with some simple rope work (abseiling) and micro navigation sections.

The race will start with the Quantum Adventures River Rumble forming the first leg, which is sure to add a bit of excitement early on. The course involves various adventure disciplines including tubing, a run, swim and paddle, rope obstacles and river crossings.

A group of adventure racers formed WCAD recently as there were not enough adventure events happening in the Western Cape.  If you’re interested in pushing your physical and mental boundaries, adventure racing is the way to go.

I believe most serious racers have fallen asleep on their feet after pushing through the nights on the long distance, hardcore events. I’ve heard stories of 8 hour detours when using the map upside down and passing out on the loo!

We can all live the adventurous life with some effort!

I am still steadily going through nominations for SA's most hardcore athlete, so keep the suggestions rolling!

Lindy Taverner is the editor of the RUSH magazine that was based in the Eastern Cape and recently relocated to Cape Town. Previous issues and updated extreme sport news can be found on her site

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