Bouman, Krieger end series in style
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