Taking on the Perth Doctor

2018-11-20 06:00
Jasper Mocké

Jasper Mocké

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Jasper Mocké (33) from Fish Hoek is looking forward to a big race in Australia called the Perth Doctor.

This is Australia’s most exciting ocean paddling event, covering 27km from Rottnest Island to Sorrento Beach (or vice versa depending on wind conditions).

The event is scheduled for Saturday 24
November.

The Perth Doctor is the currently the world’s premier and biggest ocean downwind paddling race.

“This is a huge race and it attracts a lot of crowds. It is called the Perth Doctor because of the strong winds. I have prepared for the race.

“I’m quite calm and not nervous at all because I have put in all the work I need for this.

“I have prepared well enough, what’s left is to go there and do my best. I’m excited to be taking part in this race because it attracts a lot of people and very talented paddlers.

“I have won it three times already with the last win in 2014. I hope I bring it back again this year,” he said.

He left for this race yesterday.

Mocké was recently crowned the SA men’s single surfski champion at the Pete Marlin surfski race on Saturday 3 November (“Mocké wins SA single surfski title, People’s Post, 13 November).

The race started at Glen Beach and ended at Nahoon Beach in East London.

Mocké, who came into the race as the defending champion after winning the crown at last year’s FNB Durban Downwind on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal in June, says winning the competition was fantastic. As the defending champion coming into the race, Mocke had a difficult task going against the top-tier challengers that included Hank McGregor and Kenny Rice,

“Coming to the race to defend my title and coming back home with it is such a fantastic thing. This is a tight race and it is attended by the best paddlers and I’m glad that I won it again,” he said.

Mocké started surfskiing when he was about 12-years-old at the Fish Hoek Lifesaving Club.

“This is where I learnt all the tricks. For me it was easy, or I can call it natural, to do surfskiing because my dad and my brother already did it so it was easy for me to learn. My dad used to train my brother and I at the Fish Hoek beach,” he said.

His father, Dawid Mocké of Surfski School, is a four-time winning surfski champion, which shows that Jasper is learning from the best.

Though he is no stranger to winning titles he says he has to put in a lot of work. “I train for about four hours a day, two or three times. I also do other things in between like going to the gym and running, but paddling is my favourite. I really enjoy what I do and to win big competitions really means a lot and it prove of my hard work.”

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