Water Sport

SA's Notten crowned world's best in surf ski

2018-11-25 11:42
Nicholas Notten (topfoto.net)

Cape Town - Nicholas Notten is the world's best in the surf ski and Connor Botha and Milan Erasmus broke the world record in the line throw at the Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide, Australia.

Botha and Erasmus' new world record is the first by a South African at the 2018 World Championship.

South Africa's best women's beach sprinter Mandi Maritz also took silver.

South Africa’s most famous beach sprint champion Ryle de Morny had to settle for fourth. De Morny, the most experienced among the South African squad, is a former beach sprint world champion.

Earlier in the week, Matthew Fenn and Ally Chislett won silver in the youth surf ski and surf swim respectively.

Connor Botha celebrated his 17th birthday with a third place in the board race and Daniel Jacobs also got a bronze in the surf ski.

Team South Africa’s Kira Bester, Tamryn McKie, Alice Edward and Milan Erasmus won gold on the opening day in the junior mixed simulated emergency rescue competition (SERC).

Selected Team South Africa results:

Open team:

Beach Sprint


Ryle de Morny - 4th


Mandi Maritz - 2nd, Bianca von Bargen - 8th

Surf Ski


Nicholas Notten - 1st, Dominic Notten - 5th

Surf Swim


Martin Binedell - 8th, Joshua Saunders - 20th


Kristin Bellinghan - 15th, Carmel Billson - 19th

Tube Rescue

Men - 9th

Women - 7th

Beach Relay

Men - 9th

Women - 5th

Youth Team:


200m Obstacle 


Calvin Coetzee - 3rd


Ally Chislett - 11th, Sulinke van der Berg - 12th

100m Rescue Medley


Calvin Coetzee - 6th, JP van Zyl - 13th


Sulinke van der Berg - 7th, Ally Chislett - 9th

100m Manikin Tow with fins


Milan Erasmus - 7th

4x50m Obstacle


Connor Botha, Milan Erasmus, Juan Pierre van Zyl, Calvin Coetzee - 6th


Ally Chislett, Tamryn McKie, Sulinke van den Berg, Alice Edward - 5th

Line Throw


Connor Botha and Milan Erasmus - 1st (New world record)

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Team South Africa squads:

Senior women

Sasha-Lee Corris Nordengen (captain), Keyta Purchase, Carmel Billson, Bianca von Bargen, Kristin Bellingham (all Marine), Mandi Maritz (Durban Surf)

Senior men

Ryle de Morny (captain, False Bay), Josh Saunders (Marine), Martin Binedell (Marine), Johan Lourens (Tuks), Nick Notten, Dominic Notten (Fish Hoek)

Youth women

Sulinke van den Berg (Manguang), Alice Edward (captain), Ally Chislett (both Pirates), Tamryn McKie (Marine), Paige Horn (Umhlanga), Kira Bester (Strand)

Youth men

Milan Erasmus (captain, Durban Surf), Juan Pierre van Zyl (Harties Reflections), Connor Botha (Umhlanga), Matthew Fenn (East London), Daniel Jacobs (Fish Hoek), Calvin Coetzee (Pirates)

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