The first paddle strokes in this year’s Summer Surfski series will be held at the V&A Waterfront on 14 October. Series co-ordinator Dawid Mocke confirmed this fantastic new venue for the traditional Grading race, the first and biggest race in the Best4 Surfski series.  As the race will be held inside the V&A Basin there is no chance of bad ocean conditions and all entrants can be assured of a great morning’s paddling at one of South Africa’s most famous venues.

All Paddlers, seasoned and new are invited to paddle with the world’s best paddlers. Confirmed entrants so far include Simon Van Gysen, Sean Rice and Dawid Mocke, all top contenders in the current World Series, Mocke being the current Champion. The 12km race begins at the Clock Tower (which will allow spectators great viewing of the participants), with the paddlers completing two laps through the Waterfront, out the harbour mouth towards Granger Bay and back. There will be great prizes up for grabs from race sponsor Stellar Kayaks in this first ever surfski race to be held at the Waterfront which also coincides with the much anticipated V&A Boat Show.

Cape Town series co-ordinator Dawid Mocke says, “The series is not just for the fast and fit professionals. It’s a great way for anyone to get fit whilst having fun on our beautiful beaches across the Peninsula with your family.”

Other venues and dates in the Best4 Surfski series are: 28 October Fish Hoek, 4 November Blouberg , 18 November Hout Bay, 25 November Strand, 2 December Long Beach,(Kommetjie),13 January Millers Point, 20 January Lagoon beach,(Milnerton) 27 January Seaforth beach (Simonstown), with the final race and series prize giving at Clifton beach on 3 February. Prizes are kindly sponsored by The Paddling Centre, Brian’s Kayaks, Epic Kayaks, Hansa, Stellar Kayaks, Civvio, Island Tribe, Hansa, New Balance, and Butlers Pizza.

The race starts at 9am with pre-registration being done at 8am for those that haven’t entered online,  and the cost is R70.For more info on this and the series (10 in total) visit or call  021 782 4311.

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