Friday, 21 December 2012

McGregor, Nikki Mocke, the Mocke brothers and Eray/Mocke, RSA champions of surfski

Photo: Owen Middleton
Last weekend was held at Fish Hoek (RSA), the last race of the Surfski World Series, the Cape Town Downwind, which was also the Sout African National Championships. With no Australian in the field, other competitors arrived from Portugal, Great Britain, Germany or Belgium were not going to dispute the clear favoritism of the locals, mainly the Jasper and Dawid Mocke, who were playing at home. And they got victory in the doubles race of Monday 17th, but were dissapointed in the singles with a 5th and 6th place far away from their aim. Hank McGregor and Matt Bouman showed the Durban way of surfskiing by leading last half of the race, with McGregor retaining the SA title got already in 2011 and Bouman in silver. Bronze was for an impressive Simon van Gysen, who made a terrific final kilometres.

In Women's race, Nikki Mocke, just a few months after giving birth to her son, claimed title by seconds ahead of Michele Eray, with Michelle Eder Burn taking bronze. Both Mocke and Eray paired next day for the doubles and easily got victory with more than 3 minutes from Michelle Eder Burn and Danica Bartho, who were silver in a very closed final with Kim and Eloyse van Gysen, finally in bronze.

In the Men's doubles, Jasper and Dawid Mocke (who got the world series singles title the day before, after a succesful year racing around the world), took revenge by having a great victory after pushing hard from the very start of the race. Thjey didn't want to give a chance to their rivals and only Hank McGregor and Grant van der Walt showed determination enough to follow them, but finally had to give up in a close final kilometre after some great runs of the Mockes on the great swells the South Easterly was offering.

To have a full chronicle of the races and the full list of results, visit the great reports by Rob Mousley at, not to miss:



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