December 5, 2012
by Peter Petersen

The Wind Never Stops Blowing In South Africa: Another Epic Downwind Race

The wind just doesn’t want to stop blowing this year!

For 8 out of the last 9 weeks we’ve had solid wind and great downwinding conditions in Cape Town, South Africa, for the PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash race series. Tonight we were greeted by 20-30knots of steady SE wind with a tinge of South – perfect angle for a straight 10km run up to Big Bay. Great turn-out as well with 44 surfskis and 39 SUPs.

The first starting group saw a few casualties in the 1 metre surf, including Guy Bubb who delayed his departure after a couple of dismounts.. The second start group, which included the Elite paddlers, also faced a nice little set on the way out, which kept things interesting. It was impressive to see the big wave boys Chris Bertish, Greg Bertish, Francois Frick and James Taylor making it out the back first – they just put their heads down and punched through the waves, while others deliberated and got left behind.

Chris Bertish was on a mission to seal the series overall win and he was very fast out of the gate. If he had been a roadrunner the “meep meep” sound would have sprung to mind. The pursuit team consisting of Colin Heckroodt, Ivan van Vuuren and Greg Bertish were battling to keep up and it was only at the halfway mark that Colin Heckroodt started making some inroads. Colin was paddling like a man possessed, pure power and grit – I estimate that the kW output he was producing would have lit up a small city had he been hooked up to the grid…

So I can only imagine his despair when he finally caught up to Chris and all he heard was another “meep meep” as Chris put the hammer down and left him standing once more.

Chris then cruised onto victory while Ivan van Vuuren once again took a very wide line, which paid dividends coming into Small Bay. He caught and passed Colin and actually made the beach first – but Ivan had come in on the wrong side of the finish buoy and had to run back out to get around it the right way, and in doing so, just allowed Colin to sneak past with 2 seconds to spare to take second. Chris’ brother Greg Bertish came in 4th – which now sees him take over Dylan Frick’s 2nd place in the overall series rankings. Dylan tried a different board tonight which didn’t work out for him and he had to settle for 8th in this race, which wasn’t bad considering he stopped and did a board swap with his dad at the halfway mark!

In the ladies section Brigette van Aswegen and Mishka Steyn continued their total domination with 1st and 2nd while Tammy Robarts managed to take a fine 3rd. In the juniors Joshua Robertson very nearly got the better of series leader Ethan Koopmans, but in the end Ethan did just enough to sneak ahead to take 1st while Matthew Maxwell once again came third.

Next week is the final edition of this year’s PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series – wind forecast is currently looking promising so lets see if we can make it 9 out of 10!

We’ll have a x-mas theme for our last race, so we encourage everyone to dress up in a x-massy fashion + we’ll have a massive prize-giving with trophies for our winners + some surprise awards + a big raffle for some great SUP and Ski paddles – all monies collected will go to support Richards Kohlers charity in conjunction with Paddling for Smiles.

So not only do we encourage you to dress up and take part next week – we insist you stay on for the prize-giving – it’s going to be huge! After next week we take a break and then we resume on the 9th of Jan until 13th March with another 10x races for the PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series 2013!

– Peter

PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series – LEADERBOARD


PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series – Race #8 RESULTS

Date: 5th December, 2012
Wind: SSE 20-30 knots
Swell: 1 metre
Course: 10.1km
Sponsors: PRIMI, Naish, SUPHQ, Vitaminwater, Coreban/Xpression, SWOX, BulkSMS, Buchulife, Watersports Warehouse

#NameTimeClassDivision% of 1stGradekm/hmin/kmBoard
1Chris Bertish0:49:3614'Open100.00Elite12.220:04:55Naish 14 Glide
2Colin Heckroodt0:50:2114'Open98.51Elite12.040:04:59Starboard 14' OO
3Ivan van Vuuren0:50:2314'Masters98.45Elite12.030:04:59Coreban 14 Dart
4Greg Bertish0:51:4114'Open95.97Elite11.730:05:07Coreban 14' Dart
5Andrew Cillie0:52:3514'Open94.33A11.520:05:12Starboard 14' Ace
6Peter Petersen0:53:1114'Masters93.26A11.390:05:16Naish 14 Glide
7Pietro Muscas0:53:4214'Masters92.36A11.280:05:19Naish 14 Glide
8Dylan Frick0:54:0514'Open91.71A11.200:05:21Starboard 14' Ace Pro
9Brad Adams0:54:5314'Open90.37A11.040:05:26Fanatic Falcon 14'
10Nicky Carstens0:55:1514'Masters89.77B10.970:05:28Carstens Custom 14'
11Francois Frick0:55:3514'Open89.24B10.900:05:30Starboard 14' Ace Pro
12James Taylor0:55:5614'Open88.68B10.830:05:32Naish 14 Glide
13Ethan Koopmans0:56:0514'Junior88.44B10.810:05:33Naish 14 Glide
14Joshua Robertson0:56:4214'Junior87.48B10.690:05:37Fanatic 14 Falcon
15Matthew v d Linden0:56:4714'Open87.35B10.670:05:37Naish 14 Glide AST
16Nico Pfitzenmaier0:57:3914'Open86.04B10.510:05:42Naish 14 Glide AST
17Tyran Cooper0:59:2314'Open83.53C10.200:05:53Coreban 14 Dart
18Gavin Dace0:59:5114'Open82.87C10.130:05:56Naish 14 Glide AST
19Rob Munro1:00:1214'Masters82.39C10.070:05:58Fanatic 14 OO
20Brigette van Aswegen1:00:1514'Women's82.32C10.060:05:58Starboard 14' Ace Pro
21Michael Fiet1:00:4714'Open81.60C9.970:06:01Coreban 14' Dart
22Dawid de Villiers1:02:1614'Open79.66D9.730:06:10Naish 14 Glide AST
23Neal Esterhuyse1:03:1214'Open78.48D9.590:06:15Halo Custom 14'
24Guy Bubb1:03:3414'Open78.03D9.530:06:18Coreban 14 Dart
25Dave Maxwell1:03:5314'Masters77.64D9.490:06:20Naish 14 Glide
26Matthew Maxwell1:03:5914'Junior77.52D9.470:06:20Naish 14 Glide AST
27Francois Ferrera1:04:0814'Open77.34D9.450:06:21Naish 14 Glide AST
28Jimmy Pappas1:04:5814'Open76.35D9.330:06:26Coreban 14 Dart
29Mishka Steyn1:05:2714'Jnr women's75.78D9.260:06:29Starboard 14' OO
30Bruce Tedder1:07:2114'Masters73.65D9.000:06:40Coreban 14 Dart
31Rory Smith1:07:2714'Open73.54D8.980:06:41Starboard 14' Ace Pro
32Tammy Robarts1:07:3314'Women's73.43D8.970:06:41Fanatic 14 Fly
33Steve Tripney1:08:0714'Masters72.82D8.900:06:45Coreban 14 Dart
34Monika Wohlgemuth1:08:0714'Women's72.82D8.900:06:45Naish 14 Glide
35Wayne Robertson1:10:1414'Open70.62D8.630:06:57Coreban 14 Dart
36Roland Kugelman1:17:4614'Open63.78D7.790:07:42Naish 14 Glide AST
37Craig Girdlestone1:20:0614'Open61.92D7.570:07:56Naish 14 Glide AST
38Matthew Bloemberg1:23:4214'Women's59.26D7.240:08:17Naish 14 Glide
39Oliver Potgieter1:26:4214'Women's57.21D6.990:08:35Naish 14 Glide AST