It’s almost time for the 2 penultimate races in the Cape Town Summer Surfski Series, powered by Vodacom, to take place – the Cape Town Downwind Race and the Fenn Cape Point Challenge. South Africa is one of the leading countries in the world in the sport of surfski, many international paddlers have already made their way to Cape Town in preparation for these two races, and are currently competing in the remaining Summer Series races as a build-up to these two final events.

The next race in the series takes place this Sunday (24 November 2013) at the Naturals Camps Bay Challenge, starting at 9am. For more info you can visit

The 2013 Cape Town Downwind Race will be held on either the 15th or 16th December (window period will apply). It is a 18km race highlighting the beauty of the Cape Point and False Bay coastline, including one of the World’s most famous downwind paddling runs – the famous Millers Run.

Group paddling

The Sunday will be the preferred day for the Cape Town Downwind race, however if the conditions are deemed not great for a downwind race or ‘out of control’ the call will be made on the Thursday evening preceding the race to move it to a suitable time on the Monday.

The Cape Point Challenge, better known as the most gruelling one-day-surfski race of the year, always lives up to its reputation. The 50km race is one of the oldest races in the world, originally started to “fill in” the years between the biennial PE to EL Challenge, becoming a classic in its own right.

The race nurtures a close sense of camaraderie between the competitors because of the accomplishment, whether successful or attempted, of getting from Scarborough to Fish Hoek. Paddle along this  beautiful  section of coastline starting from Scarbrough and into the waters of the Cape Point Nature Reserve, past Olifantsbos, Platboom, The Cape of Good Hope and the dreaded Southwestern Reefs around Cape Point, the South Western most point of the African Continent. Where rugged rocks and sheer cliffs tower more than 200 metres above the sea, cutting deep into the ocean, providing a spectacular backdrop, and into the quiet waters of False Bay, past the old stop Buffles Bay on to Millers Point, with any luck surf the runs home to Fish Hoek on the famous Millers Runs course.

Some of the top local and international competitors:


Thomas Schilperoort – 2nd overall in the 2011 Ocean Paddler World Series, 2nd at the MOLOKAI to Oahu 2011 in Hawaii and 3rd in the 2011 Mauritius Ocean Classic

Craig Flanagan – 5th at the 2013 MOLOKAI in Hawaii, 15th at the 2012 Cape Point Challenge and 24th overall at the 2013 World Surfski Champs in Portugal

Tim Brabants – Olympic Gold Athlete

Sean Rice – 2013 ICF Surfski World Champion, 2013 SA Surfski Champion, 2013 USA Surfski Champion and the 2013 Euro Challenge Winner

Jasper Mocke – multiple title winner and more recently winner of 2013 The Doctor in Australia, Winner of the 2013 Green Kalahari Canoe Marathon, and 2013 Winner of the Breede River Canoe Marathon

Nikki Mocke – 3rd at 2013 World Surfski Champs, 1st at the 2013 Mauritius Ocean Classic and overall Winner of the 2012 Summer Surfski Series

Dawid MockeWorld Surfski Champion 2009, 2010, 2011, Mauritius Ocean Classic Champion 2011, and 18 international Surfski Titles

Kirsten Flanagan – Junior Lady World Surfski champion who recently won silver at the World Marathon Champs

Kenny Rice – Junior World Champion


Austin Kieffer – USA

Valentin Henot – French

Matthieu Gru – French

Angie Mooden – French

Antoine Bihannic – French

Paul Eyquem – French


Kelly Burke

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