Nissan competition: Surfs up

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26 November 2012

Win a Nissan Livina X-Gear worth R193 700!

Surfski, sunscreen and sosaties loaded mean Jan Braai has an adventure packed in his NISSAN Livina X-Gear. With space for all his gear AND a comfortable ride, he has all the freedom to live his life the way he wants.

With the weather in Cape Town turning from winter miserable to summer spectacular it’s only right to take a trip down to the water with a surfski in order to make the most of these special South African moments.

I always feel like I’m in a perfect world when I’m down on the Sea Point promenade. It’s a great mix of old and new and some of the most interesting people in Cape Town can be seen on the beachfront. Taking a stroll on that stretch of coast means you’ll be walking past grandmas with their poodles, models with their designer handbags and bronzed men flexing their muscles!

I drove the Livina X-Gear down to the beachfront and it was an extremely comfortable drive, which made the windy, “tight” roads into Sea Point an absolute breeze. It’s a bit of a time warp in Sea Point with lots of old buildings and old cars making the Livina X-Gear look totally futuristic, almost like the new soccer stadium.

Mind you, the Livina X-Gear has so much space you could fit quite a few soccer fans in the back. One of my favourite activities on a perfect summer’s day in Cape Town is to go for a paddle with my surfski in Table Bay. It’s one of the most picturesque places in the world; you’ve got Table Mountain on one side and the sea with Robben Island on the other.

Sometimes the beauty almost brings me to tears, much like recently when Western Province finally won the Currie Cup. You can drive your car right down to the water on the slipway to unload your boat, or you can just carry it down from the parking lot. The Livina X-Gear is pretty sweet when it comes to space; I pop the back seats down and I can put my paddle in the back and still have space for my braai gear (and the cooler box for liquid refreshments after the paddle).

A surfski is six metres long and obviously doesn’t fit into any vehicle; that’s why I have a roof rack on my Livina X-Gear. It’s important to mention that even though the Livina X-Gear has space for soccer fans, this isn’t just a car for soccer moms. Not only is it spacious, it doesn’t sacrifice on style and there are Sea Point tannies checking it out all the time. With a surfski you can choose between a sedate trip out on the water or you can go wild riding the waves to your heart’s content. In a way it’s similar to the Livina X-Gear where you can either have a calm and comfortable ride or something a little more exciting through the corners.

It’s not just about performance; the Livina X-Gear has a range of features such as electric windows and electronically adjustable mirrors, as well as an adjustable steering column. The bay in front of Sea Point is usually sheltered from the wind by the mountain so the sea is nice and flat. I love going out on my own — it’s a place for me to think about what I need to get done while still enjoying some fresh air and sea.

The seat of a surfski isn’t quite as comfortable as the seats of my Livina X-Gear but hey, you can’t have it all in life all of the time. From my surfski I can actually see my Livina X-Gear, but on the water there are other things to focus on. While paddling you get to see many animals: whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and occasionally the odd lost shark.

I don’t really worry about sharks when I paddle here, as they usually hang out in False Bay on the other side of the mountain. On another note, I’ve never braaied shark meat and if all goes according to plan in my life, I never will. Paddling a surfski is hungry work; you’ll be sure to have a mega appetite after you’re done and the only way to help with that size hunger is a braai. Today I’ve brought some lekker lamb sosaties that I left in a curry marinade overnight to give it some spicy flavour. I’ve got a smaller kit here but sosaties just need hot coals and an even hand.

Once I get back to dry land my friends are all there and we get the braai going. My mate Charles has a gas braai and clearly he doesn’t know the Jan Braai “10 rules of the braai”. It’s wood or nothing, Charles; gas goes in my Livina X-Gear. I’ve got my special hinged braai grid to keep the sosaties tightly packed, unlike when I dump all my gear in the Livina X-Gear.

One of my top tips when having a braai is the meat only needs to be killed once; don’t overcook your sosaties to the point where the flavour is dead. Cook it to a point between medium-rare and medium, rather than burning the sosaties into an unrecognisable state even a shark wouldn’t eat.

The Nissan Livina X-Gear not only complements my active lifestyle but is also spacious like the great outdoors, fitting my vibe. After a great day of sea, sun, surf and a braai it’s easy to pack up the Livina X-Gear. I can even split up the seats 60:40 so I can carry gear and passengers — pretty nifty, hey?

For now I’m heading home in style and comfort to prepare for my next recipe and adventure in the Cape Winelands in my Livina X-Gear. If you can’t wait till next week then follow us on Facebook for more recipes and adventure, Jan Braai-style.

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To stand a chance to win a new Nissan Livina X-Gear read this article as well as the next two weeks’ advertorials (in the issues of 6 December and 13 December) to find the answers to the questions.

This week’s question: What accessory does the Livina X-Gear have that allows Jan to transport his surfski?

SMS Livina1, your answer and name to 34923 or go to FACEBOOK.COM/YOUMAGAZINESA to view Jan's recipes and to register to stand a chance to win a Nissan Livina X-Gear.

Each SMS costs R1,50. The competition closes at 5 pm on 19 December 2012. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The competition is closed to employees (and their immediate families) of Media24, the sponsor and their advertising agencies. Prizes are not transferable and will not be exchanged for cash. The sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize.

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