Durban – Former Marine surfski series champion Matt Bouman made amends for last week’s finish line mishap to claim the overall line honours in the second series race on Friday night.
Bouman made his move turning around the final can off Marine SLC to reach the beach finish ahead of the double ski crew of Jason Ekstrand and Richard Lowe after shrugging off the attention of third placed Hamish Lovemore.
Racing in far milder sea conditions than the big swell and onshore surf that characterised the series opener last week, Bouman was able to exert his control over the front of the race from the gun, relishing dicing with the double ski crews from the deep water mass start.
“It is super fun racing the double and singles together,” said Bouman.
“Hamish (Lovemore) and I were the two singles in a big bunch of doubles. He wasn’t as comfortable in the bigger conditions we had last week but he going really well at the moment.
“It was pretty pond-like so this was more his game,” said Bouman. “But having said that there was still a run to be had on the water down to the can, but you had to work really hard for them.
“There were five boats together, three doubles and two singles, and we all turned close together. The double of Jason Ekstrand and Richard Lowe did most of the work on the way back.
“I didn’t really mean to come past them at the end, but they fumbled and my competitive instincts got the better or me!”
His slick move on the final turn into the beach finish will help erase the memories of the beating he took in the midbreak coming in on the series opener, where he tried valiantly to stay in his ski but the eventual swim left the door open for Bevan Manson and Brett Hadriaris to pounce and take line honours.
“It was just a fantastic evening. Lots of happy, positive vibes, and lots of younger paddlers on the water, which is awesome,” he added.
With many of the elite women taking Friday night off ahead of a weekend packed with two MyLife Dusi seeding races, schoolgirl Valmajean Hockly took full advantage to win the women’s title ahead of the double ski crew of Kyeta Purchase and Kendra Robinson, with Tannah Smit completing the podium.
The gentler conditions lured three Stand Up Paddleboarders to the short course race, which was won by Murray James.
Race Three takes place this coming Friday night 26 February at 5:30pm.
SUMMARY OF RESULTS
MARINE SURFSKI SERIES RACE ONE.
1 Matthew Bouman 0:36:09.08
2 Jason Ekstrand/Richard Lowe 0:36:10.78
3 Hamish Lovemore 0:37:17.44
4 Paul Rabinowitz/Nic Burden 0:37:36.61
5 Bevan Manson/Brett Hadiaris 0:38:35.56
6 Gene Prato 0:38:58.91
7 Jean Luc Mauvis 0:39:24.22
8 Lance Howarth/Shaun Burgin 0:39:46.43
9 Brendon Waters 0:40:04.33
10 Brad Allen/Barry Lewin 0:40:09.59
1 Valmajean Hockly 0:46:20.83
2 Kyeta Purchase/Kendra Robinson 0:46:36.01
3 Tannah Smith 0:47:04.01
1 Luc O’Brien 0:20:37.01
2 Malcolm Pitt/Kaiden Pitt 0:20:43.06
3 Simon Grout/Megan Grout 0:21:48.39
4 Kwanele Banda 0:22:05.94
5 Reece Tredoux Truter 0:22:26.37
6 Zack Papadopoulos/Dean Chiazzari 0:22:34.58
7 Jordan Deeble 0:22:55.11
8 Vince King 0:23:27.52
9 Wandile Dube 0:23:33.04
10 Mikaila Brown 0:24:10.36 (1st Woman)
1 Murray James 0:30:11.90
2 Jeanne Grace 0:32:37.91
3 Karisa Grace 0:32:55.29
More information can be found at www.marineseries.co.za
2021 Marine Surfski Series calendar:
Thule Challenge : 26 February
Race 4: 5 March
Race 5: 12 March
Race 6: 26 March