King of the Bay 2016 Race

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Dylan Frick and Chris Couve charge hard at the lead of the mens wave train early on | Photo Credits: Kevin Sawyer

 

Sunday, 24th April 2016 | Durban ~ the annual King of the Bay event was a twofold event, incorporating the SUPSA sanctioned Stand Up Paddling Race, making it a recolonised national race, with some big names coming up from Cape Town to compete like international SUP athlete’s Dylan Frick (Starboard), the TK’s Taryn & Tom King (Coreban) up from Cape Town. In the men’s race the resident Jo’burger Chris Couve (Starboard) went head to head with Dylan. This event is fast growing and the 2016 event was the  biggest ever SUP field of 40 SUP racers.

 

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The iconic Durban Bay setting the backdrop for the 2016 King of the Bay SUP Race | Photo Credit: Anna-Marie Frick

 

The race started at the old Stella Canoe Club, well up the harbour channel. A gentle but steadily building Northerly onshore wind had begun to blow at he start of the SUP race which meant the race was directly into a headwind through the harbour bay, making very tough paddling for any SUP paddler. Fortunately, not all was lost as the tide was pushing out so there was a fast current pulling the paddlers out the channel until they hit the open ocean. The men’s race started fast with Dylan taking up the front of the wave train with Chris in 2nd spot and Durbanite Daryl Batho in 3rd, after that with the main field all fighting for a position. Not long after the start the wave train broke up leaving just Chris and Dyl working out it in front together, taking turns pulling with Daryl  in his own between them and the next train, being pulled by Gunter Berger and the remainder of the field on his wave. As the field neared the harbour mouth, the full force of the Northerly wind had picked up and conditions going out became very rough with a strong headwind of 12-15knots blowing with some choppy wind swell underfoot. Dylan exiting the harbour mouth in first place with Chris now off his wave, but still pushing hard very close behind. The tough conditions meant that the wave trains broke up and it was every man for himself. Paddlers then B-line for the the beach finish in front of Durban Surf Lifesaving Club, at Veggies Beach. The swell was small but the still steadily building onshore wind meant that the SUPs were left paddling through trying & choppy conditions fighting a side wind all the way to the beach. After rounding the final turn can anchored not far behind behind a small surf break, SUPs caught a final wave onto the beach and finished with a short run up the beach with board and paddle in hand. Dylan won the men’s elite 14ft class in 1:04 and Chris in 1:05 and Daryl finishing up podium spot 3mins behind Chris.

 

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The woman’s race has also grown at King of the Bay now with 10 Ladies on the water this year. The two favorites Tarryn King from Cape Town and Jackie de Billot from Durban started off with a bang with Tarryn taking the lead early on with Jackie on her wave. The pace was high and they started overtaking the men’s field before the first buoy (the woman’s race starts 1 min after the men). At the 7th Buoy Jackie made a move to overtake Tarryn hoping to get a lead but Tarryn didn’t let go of Jackie’s wave. The race for 3rd was equally tight with Lande Williamson and Charlotte Atherton working together through the Harbor making good ground on the leading pack. Lande and Charlotte’s race to the finish started half way up the Harbor mouth into the beastly Easterly. Jackie & Tarryn remained in that train till the harbor entered the ocean and that’s where Tarryn made her move pushing forward on the left of Jackie and powering forward. Jackie tried to get on Tarryn’s wave but got caught out when the boards bumped and she fell off. Jackie raced to get on the board and paddling again with a gap of 20m it was now all or nothing. Tarryn took the wide line the better line usually when the east is blowing but Jackie felt the Southerly Swell still pushing from the day before and opted to use the diagonals from the ground swell to make some ground which she did. At the buoy Jackie had made it to the front now the race was on both Ladies paddled in on their own steam as there weren’t many waves. As they hit the beach it was a sprint to the end Boards and paddles in Tow. With the Sound of a Tarryn running behind Jackie she ran as fast as her legs could carry her and dived for the finish line to clinch the win in a time of 1.18.31 by 16 seconds from Tarryn in at 1.18.47. Lande and Charlotte paddled hard to the end with Lande Williamson sealing in 3rd place 1.25.26.

 

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Grantly Read won the Legends category & placed a impressive 5th Overall | Photo Credit: Anna-Marie Frick

 

 


Race Results:

 

Race Position Name Gender Race Class Race Time 10 KM Race Number
1 Dylan Frick Male 14ft Open Mens 1:04:44 T696
2 Christopher Couve Male 14ft Open Mens 1:05:40 9860
3 Daryl Bartho Male 14ft Open Mens 1:08:13 8272
4 Thomas King Male 14ft Open Mens 1:08:25 T884
5 Grantley Read Male 14ft Open Mens / Legend 1:10:32 6864
6 Nick Park-Ross Male 14ft Open Mens 1:11:23 T492
7 Shayne Chipps Male 14ft Open Mens 1:12:16 494
8 Gunter Berger Male 14ft Open Mens 1:13:55 1881
9 Thulane Nzama Male 14ft Open Mens 1:14:32 T895
10 Robbie de Billot Male 14ft Open Mens 1:16:57 60397
11 Brandon Read Male 14ft Open Mens / Legend 1:17:25 8641
12 Jackie de Billot Female 14ft Open Females 1:18:31 6184
13 Tarryn King Female 14ft Open Females 1:18:47 T885
14 Brendon Germaine Male 14ft Open Mens 1:19:36 7385
15 Jon Ivins Male 14ft Open Mens / Legend 1:21:09 6949
16 Lande Williamson Female 14ft Open Females 1:25:26 T697
17 Charlotte Atherton Female 14ft Open Females 1:26:14 861
18 Deon Bosman Male 14ft Open Mens / Legend 1:27:35 94
19 Craig Thompson Male 14ft Open Mens / Legend 1:28:12 3961
20 Kyle Chrystal Male 14ft Junior 1:28:39 T516
21 Pierre van Zyl Male 14ft Open Mens / Legend 1:29:12 348
22 Steven Hean Male 14ft Open Mens 1:32:47 7049
23 Alan Wallace Male 14ft Open Mens / Legend 1:36:39 896
24 Shannon Clarke Male 14ft Open Mens / Legend 1:37:50 T897
25 Danelle Hefers Female 14ft Open Mens 1:39:53 698
26 Bart Nieuwoudt Male 14ft Open Mens / Legend 1:44:26 10296
27 Karisa Grace Female 14ft Juniorettes 1:48:52 T883
28 Alison Taczalo Female 14ft Open Mens 1:52:28 T700
29 Angela Whittle Female 14ft Open Females / Diva 1:59:36 95978
30 Wern Van Molendorff Male 14ft Open Mens 2:05:33 T894
31 Robert Topper Male 14ft Open Mens / Legend 2:06:06 T893
32 Bruce Jefferis Male 14ft Open Mens 2:07:17 4684
33 Caraline Hillier Female 14ft Open Females / Diva 2:16:48 T695
34 Cayley Hillier Female 14ft Juniorettes 2:21:22 T886

 

 

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“I thoroughly enjoyed the race and am stoked with such a great turnout! It started off flat but as the onshore wind built, the conditions got really rough for a SUP and it was great test of my all round abilities.” ~ Chris Couve | Photo Credit: Anna-Marie Frick

 

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“It was a race of cat and mouse, we both had a game plan but it came down to the final sprint from the Harbor I felt good and I feel that my training is starting to come together.” ~ Jackie de Billot | Photo Credit: Anna-Marie Frick

 

Bay Union Surf Ski Series 2016 - King of the Bay presented by Zurich, Durban, South Africa.
Bay Union Surf Ski Series 2016 – King of the Bay presented by Zurich, Durban, South Africa.

 

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Urbanite Daryl Bartho put in a fantastic effort to place 3rd Men’s Elite in his first National SUPSA Race | Photo Credit: Kevin Sawyer

 

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Chris is a Digital Marketing Specialist based in Johannesburg, South Africa and also a international Stand Up Paddle racer. When he's not working or competing he teaches SUP lessons near home at Emmarentia Dam and educates communities about sustainability & environmental awareness. Also known for making an epic cup of coffee! Get in contact with Chris ~   Website: chriscouve.com Email: crcouve@gmail.com

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    • ChrisCouve

      Thanks Andrew. Yes it was really awesome and would be great to have more participants next year. Please feel to contact SUPSA via the email form if you ever have any enquiries.

  1. Frikkie

    Hey well done to Dylan, Chris, Daryl, and Tom with their great times, and the ladies Jackie, Taryn, Lande and Charlotte all very good times giving the spectator’s a show of note… To all the field, well done. Was exciting to watch till the very end. Special mention must go to Daryl Bartho with his stellar performance in his first SUPSA race. Dylan and Chris, you guys must enjoy the view ahead of you while you can, coz if his debut is anything to go by you guys might be seeing the back of him soon… 3 min 29 sec off the race winner is excellent !!! Also to the organisers, sponsors and locals in general, what a great event.

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