Van der Walt claims first win of Wall and Back Surfski Series

2013-11-04 00:00

FAST-RISING paddling star Grant van der Walt opened his 2013 Illovo Suncoast Wall and Back Surfski Series victory account when he surged to a narrow win over surfski powerhouse Matt Bouman in race three of the six-leg series — Suncoast Durban Surfski Challenge — yesterday.

Having missed last week’s race, Van der Walt (Epic/Varsity College) was eager to get back on the water and put in a strong effort despite expecting a strong challenge from regular rivals Bouman (Epic), his younger brother Brandon (Team Jeep) and Adam Nisbet.

Despite the absence of Bartho brothers Brett and Daryl (Fenn/Bartho’s Fish Co.) due to their involvement in the Da’Real Richards Bay to Durban Surfski Challenge and World Marathon Champ Hank McGregor (Fenn/MacSquad Elite), who was taking part in the CMH East Rand Vaal River Canoe Marathon, the racing was still tight and hard-fought at the front of the field.

“Even though one or two guys were away, all the other usual suspects were there and, with the conditions being a whole lot smaller and more manageable than they have been in the previous two weeks, there wasn’t any carnage at the start and it was a really good, honest paddle for all of us,” said Van der Walt.

“I’m in the middle of exams so those have been my focus recently so I haven’t been paddling much in the past two weeks. I’ve really enjoyed the break and taking it easy for a bit, but it was great to come back down again this week and have some fun out there.”

SUMMARY OF RESULTS — ILLOVO SUNCOAST WALL AND BACK SURFSKI SERIES

RACE TWO

Singles

Overall: 1. Grant van der Walt 33:16; 2. Matt Bouman 33:20; 3. Brandon van der Walt 34:13; 4. Adam Nisbet 35:19; 5. Oliver Burn 35:19

Women: 1. Michelle Burn 38:26; 2. Lauren Felgate 47:43; 3. Bob Opperman

Juniors: 1. Gene Prato 35:24; 2. Calvin McKie 36:52; 3. Brett Wilken 44:36

Veterans: 1. Steve Cohen 38:59

Masters: 1. Dave Harker 40:41

Doubles

Overall: 1. Dwayne Powell/Wayne Ashford 36:37; 2. Lee Furby/Warrick MacNicol 37:10; 3. André Pohl/Charles Liasides 37:29

Veteran: 1. André Pohl/Charles Liasides 37:29

Masters: 1. Mike Nichol/Ted Waldburger 40:24

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