Despite torrential downpours and storms that ravaged the Western Cape 2 days before the event, the Best 4 Strand Paddle Battle – Race 5 in Cape Town Summer Surfski Series – turned out to be a great event, held in near perfect surfski conditions. American, Austin Keiffer, took top position today, with Strand legend Gary Cromie in 2nd place and Frenchman, Valentin Henot, in 3rd place. Junior World Champion, Kenny Rice, narrowly missed out on a podium position coming in 4th place.


“Today was a great day, with awesome support from everyone who took part, especially after the hectic weather conditions we have just experienced,” says Race Organiser, Nikki Mocke. “It’s wonderful to see all of the foreign athletes starting to arrive, really great for our local paddlers to compete against. Today we had 5 French contestants and 1 American.”


In the ladies race today, current series number 1, Nikki Mocke, took 1st place, with Bianca Beavitt in 2nd position, Kim van Gysen in 3rd place, with a big dice between junior Kirsten Flanagan and French paddler, Angie Mooden for 4th and 5th places respectively.


Austin Kieffer 1st overall.Pic Credit - John Hishin - Cape Town Sport Photography

Austin Kieffer 1st overall.Pic Credit – John Hishin – Cape Town Sport Photography

A big thank you has to go out to the Gordon’s Bay NSRI team who kept us up to date with water conditions this entire weekend and were all on standby ready to assist today after the storm.

The Cape Town Surfski Series, powered by Vodacom, consists of eight races and the next race of the series will be held at the Oceana Boat Club on the Strand Beach on the 24th of November.


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Senior Results:

  1. Austin Kieffer                    1hr01min34sec
  2. Gary Cromie                       1hr01min51sec
  3. Valentin Henot                  1hr02min03sec


Under 21 Results

  1. Valentin Henot                 1hr02min03sec
  2. Antoine Bihannic              1hr07min47sec

3.    Kirsten Gelderblom        1hr21min33sec


Doubles Results

  1. Peter Cole & Brandon Collyer                                                                   0hr59min32sec
  2. Nico Reddelinhuys & Rudi Schultz                                                          1hr06min09sec
  3. Willem van der Westhuyzen & Herbert Conradie                              1hr08min06sec


Junior Results

  1. Kenny Rice                          1hr02min03sec
  2. Stuart Bristow                    1hr06min06sec
  3. Tyrone Smolders              1hr08min14sec


Ladies Results

  1. Nikki Mocke                       1hr07min42sec
  2. Bianca Beavitt                   1hr09min51sec
  3. Kim van Gysen                  1hr11min10sec