Matt Bouman and Michelle Burn overcame the tough and choppy conditions at the Bay Union Open Ocean Surfski Challenge to win the second leg of the series in Durban yesterday.
Bouman used his years of deep water racing experience to good effect as he finished ahead of the on-form Gene Prato by thirty seconds. Wade Krieger narrowly secured third place ahead of Grant van der Walt and Andy Birkett.
“Matt took charge and pulled all the way down to the turncan, and one we turned there were pretty decent runs coming back, and in those conditions Matt is so good,” said Prato.
“No one was going to touch him and he just pulled away,” he added.
“It was so frustrating actually, because he looked like he was taking it so easy, which just makes it harder when you are trying to catch him.”
Women’s winner Burn also commented on the tough conditions, but added it had been a fun day out after a tough day’s marathon training at Camps Drift on Saturday.
“Most of the girls were at the Drift training, so we were all pretty tired,” said Burn, who started the race shadowing Nikki Russell, before making her move just before the 6km mark at the Bluff turncan.
“The wind was strengthening and it was quite choppy, but when we turned, the runs were insane,” she said.
“It was tough when we turned at the harbour, because the final slog into the finish felt like another headwind because of the shape of the Bay, but I was very pleased to able to get home ahead of Nikki,” said Burn.
She made her way to the finish one minute ahead of Russell, with Kyeta Purchase taking the final podium position.
1. Matthew Bouman 56:36
2. Gene Prato 57:02
3. Wade Krieger 57:16
4. Grant Van Der Walt 57:36
5. Andy Birkett 57:54
6. Zoog Haynes/Lance Howarth 57:56
7. Clinton Cook 58:00
8. Barry Lewin 58:09
9. Richard Lowe/Callam Davis 58:25
10. Linton Hope/Bruce Wenke 58:53
1. Michelle Burn 1:04:55
2. Nikki Russell 1:05:25
3. Kyeta Purchase 1:08:05
4. Christie Mackenzie 1:13:34
1. Matthew Mahoun 47:14
2. Steve Evans 47:47
3. Sharon Armstrong/Tracey Nuss 48:17
4. Mhlengi Mngadi 53:18
5. David Rees 53:42
6. Conraad Purchase 54:31
7. Ayanda Dube 55:42
8. Siobhan Sharp 56:15
9. Mark Pullen 56:22
10. Roy Thomson 59:08