Bouman, Krieger end se­ries in style

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MATT Bouman and Wade Krieger pooled their deep-wa­ter surf­ski ex­pe­ri­ence and tac­ti­cal nous to race away with the fi­nal ti­tle of the Bay Union Open Ocean Chal­lenge when they won the Ge­ri­atskis Open Ocean Chal­lenge go­ing away yes­ter­day morn­ing.

The pair­ing, which seems to get bet­ter with each out­ing, pa­tiently sat with a fast-paced bunch from the start at Dur­ban Un­der­wa­ter Club down to the southerly turn can off the Bluff, where they shrugged off all the chal­lengers bar young­sters Hamish Love­more and Clint Cook.

On the re­turn leg, rac­ing in small but tricky con­di­tions, Bouman and Krieger took bet­ter ad­van­tage of the swell and ground out an ev­er­in­creas­ing lead to se­cure the win.

Love­more and Cook wrapped up sec­ond in a sprint up the beach with Bai­ley de Fon­dau­miere and Gene Prato.

The women’s ti­tle fell to the im­pres­sive com­bi­na­tion of Michelle Burn and Hay­ley Nixon, two of the best fe­male surf­ski pad­dlers in the world at the mo­ment, as they rel­ished their time in the dou­ble ski to­gether.

Jenna Ward and Kyeta Pur­chase were sec­ond, less than 30 sec­onds off their tail. – Dave Ma­cleod

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