Weekend Post (South Africa)

Louw storms to first single-ski victory in Sunset Series race


LOCAL surfski paddlers enjoyed classic conditions for Race 2 of The Paddling Shop Sunset Series last Friday at King’s Beach.

Greg Louw showed the field a clean pair of heels as he stormed to his first single-ski victor y.

Chasing Louw all the way was St Francis Bay local Phil Smith, who made the trip out to take on the bay’s best.

Fresh from his Dusi debut, Smith is one of the province’s rising paddling talents and, with a strong training ethic, will be a name to watch in the coming years.

Taking the last step on the podium and making a welcome comeback after a serious back injury was Luke McNish.

Paddling legend Rob Welsh and Tracy Campbell teamed up to make a formidable mixed double combinatio­n and reveled in the running swell that was left over from a strong southeaste­rly gale.

Durban’s FNB Marine Series men’s title has already been wrapped up by Hank McGregor by taking race seven of the series.

“The race went a lot better than last week for me and it’s great to cap off my sixth win of the series with an overall series title,” McGregor said.

McGregor now has the luxury of paddling the last three events in a double with business partner Lee Furby.

Down in Fish Hoek, Cape Town, Kenny Rice took the end sprint of a very exciting Sea Dog Series dice to become the undisputed Sea Dog King of the season.

Rice is the younger brother of PaddleLife World Tour icon Sean Rice and has been improving every year.

His breakthrou­gh event was the Perth Doctor in 2014 where Rice trumped his big brother, finishing second just behind winner Jasper Mocke.

Looking ahead, the province’s paddling clubs are gearing up for the Little Fish, arguably the best one-day river race the country has to offer.

Race director Kevin Klette and a river-clearing team camped out on the banks of the river last weekend to clear any nasty tree blocks that might pose a threat.

Hungarian world champion Adrian Boros and Dusi king Andy Birkett will be in town to take on multiple race champion Greg Louw.

Local knowledge will be a tremendous benefit to Louw as the Little Fish is a tricky river even for the most experience­d.

Unfortunat­ely for the two travelling pros, the one thing they will not win is the after-party as the A-Team Fish and Chips come out to dominate.


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