Yesterday I raced the Mc Carthy Toyota King of the Bay which was race 3 of the Series. I really felt good, and finished strong.
I have been in Durban for a whole week now, although it feels like a month. Been so busy, warmer weather and water, and the extra morning daylight hours have made my days pretty full of activities. Loving it so far.
Here is the article on the race by Dave Macleod of Gameplan Media:
|Discovery Men’s Health Surf Ski Series Media Release||
24 May 2009
Hat tricks for Bouman and Eray in the McCarthy Toyota King of the Bay race
Durban – Matt Bouman secured a hat-trick of wins in of the Discovery Men’s Health Surf Ski Series with a dramatic win in the McCarthy Toyota King of the Bay surf ski race, after he took an early break out of the harbour on a boat wave and never looked back.
Bouman, together with Eastern cape star Richard von Wildemann and Barry Lewin broke away from the pack once out of the harbour, and once Bouman took the gap on the boat wave it was up to Lewin and von Wildemann to fight it out for second and third place. However, even though Bouman raced alone he said that knowing Lewin and von Wildemann were racing behind kept him focused. “They kept me honest,” Bouman said good humouredly.
Bouman had been hoping to race against Hank McGregor on this leg, but said that he understood McGregor taking a breather after winning the Molokai race in Hawaii.
The woman’s single race followed a very similar pattern to that of the men’s with Michèle Eray of Plettenberg Bay well ahead and Michelle Eder and Donna Winter fighting in out for second and third places.
“I just missed the back of big group so I ended up pulling most of the way,” says a smiley Michèle Eray. After about three or four kilometres I did a surge and lost the others. “I took a shallow line and that worked well for me and after the turn I knew it was only seven kilometres so I just put my head down and went for it.”
“My housemate Warren was paddling just ahead of me and I was determined to catch him,” she laughs and nods with a satisfied affirmative when asked if she succeeded in her mission of catching him. “I really enjoy the longer distance,” says Eray. “I think 20 kilometres is my ideal race…and I thought I was a sprinter?”
Amanzimtoti star Michelle Eder had a tougher time and gutsed it out to a nail biting second place despite a cramp in her neck. “The race was very tough,” she smiled bravely still in obvious pain. “I took the long way round the red can, so Donna (Winter) managed to catch up to me.”
The 22km McCarthy Toyota King of the Bay surf ski race is a favourite with locals and national paddlers alike, as it is the one time in the year that paddlers are allowed to paddle out of the Durban harbour mouth. Backmarkers during the race had to jostle with massive container ship that exited the harbour at the same time as they6 were.
Richard von Wildemann who hails from Port Eilzabeth was one of a number of national paddlers who flew into Durban for this particular race. “Durban is definitely the capital of surf skiing,” says von Wildemann, “the conditions are awesome and the people are great. This is just a fantastic race!”
Von Wildemann left the harbour mouth in a four boat pack that included Clinton Bollard, who rather dramatically raced the ski race in a K1 canoe, and despite his decision to take on the short course, he ran a considerable risk paddling the open kayak out through the harbour mouth and around to the finish at Ushaka Beach.
As the morning progressed so too did the swell and the wind making things tougher for the stragglers fighting the elements.
DISCOVERY MEN’S HEALTH SURF SKI SERIES RACE THREE
Mixed Double ski
Female Double ski
CALENDAR OF EVENTS:
Full details of the series can be found at www.surfski.co.za