January 30, 2013
by Peter Petersen

Yet Another Cracking Downwinder In South Africa Sees Young Gun Dylan Frick Victorious Again

SUP Racing in South Africa - 2013 - Downwind Dash #2Boss Man’s note: Here’s a recap of the latest Stand Up Paddle race in Cape Town, thanks to our South Africa Correspondent, Peter Petersen from SUP Culture. Each week in Cape Town the locals hold a “Downwind Dash” SUP race. Below is race #2 from the new series, which you can follow here >> 2013 PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash SUP races.


Today was Race #2 in our Downwind Dash series and the Cape Doctor (the name of our local South East tradewind here in Cape Town) kept us waiting until 4pm before she made her entry. We had been watching the barometer rise like a homesick angel so we knew she’d be pulling in! And did she pull in? Solid 25knots, with 36knot gusts, with pure SE and flat, swell-less-perfection. It doesn’t get better than this and thankfully most heeded the early calls made that the event was going to be on, and we had 37 SUPs and one prone paddler on the start line.

Da Winna - Dylan FrickExciting and close racing up at the front, lots of Personal Bests and a handful of newcomers made for a great evening. As usual, Dylan Frick led out proceedings on his Starboard, but with the higher windspeeds the Coreban, Fanatic and Naish paddlers excelled and almost chased him down. Greg Bertish got closest; being pipped on the line by just six seconds to give Dylan his second win of the series.

Ivan van Vuuren loves the stronger winds and came in a strong third only 45 seconds adrift. In the Ladies division young upstart Mishka Steyn was just beaten into third by Patricia Kohrs who is improving every week. Brigette van Aswegen is still a couple of minutes ahead…

Juniors were unchanged from last week with Ethan Koopmans managing 8th overall ahead of Joshua Robertson and Calvin Ginsberg.

Pietro Muscas10x personal bests and some great paddles by Tammy Robarts, Patricia Kohrs, “Birthday boy” Craig Ginsberg and son Calvin, John De Rooy, Armien Wohlgemuth, Francois Ferreira, Sebastian Cattelan, Tom King and Wayne Robertson. Good to see the training paying off – conditions were good, but they still get a lot faster!

Four newcomers, three of them ladies, Iva lopes, Amanda Rootman and Annalisa O’Brien. Fourth newcomer was none other than Ike Frans from Holland, Ike is an enthusiastic wind and kite surfer who has been visiting Cape Town for the past 15 years. He also managed to take 4th in the 11-Cities race in Holland last year! He came in 20th position on his only 2nd downwinder ever – well done!

Our SA Prone paddle lady representative at the ISA worlds in Peru, Anna Knotten also took part and finished in a respectable 1:10:49 – she is using the series as part of her preparations for worlds at the end of Feb. With Dylan clearly also finding form we look forward to the ISA Worlds!

Big Bay Finish lineWith no swell, most of the course gets very smooth and there were heaps of runs making for very close racing. Several different lines were taken but ultimately fitness and technique will decide your fortunes as Ivan commented on watching Dylan and Greg battle it out just ahead of him: “I reckon Dylan takes 2-3times as many paddle-strokes as Greg…..” to which Greg replied: “No ways I could paddle any harder… The youngsters are clearly flying!” Great to see the spirit amongst the guys and we look forward to next edition of the PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash.

Once again thanks to time keepers, Lolo, Jennifer and Aden + Big Bay Surf Lifesaving Club and all our sponsors!

Photos and full race results below.

– Peter


2013 PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash – Leaderboard

# Name Race #1 Race #2 TOTAL
1 Dylan Frick 0.7 0.7 1.4
2 Greg Bertish 9 2 11
3 Francois Frick 2 9 11
4 Peter Petersen 7 4 11
5 Brad Adams 8 5 13
6 Ethan Koopmans 5 8 13
7 Pietro Muscas 10 6 16
8 Joshua Robertson 5 11 16
9 Nico Pfitzenmaier 13 13 26
10 Armien Wohlgemuth 12 14 26


2013 PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash – Race #2 Results

Date: 30th January, 2013
Wind: 25-36 knots SE
Swell: none
Course: 10.1km

1Dylan Frick0:47:0614'Open100.00Elite12.870:04:40Starboard 14' Ace Pro
2Greg Bertish0:47:1114'Open99.82Elite12.840:04:40Coreban 14 Dart
3Ivan van Vuuren0:47:5614'Masters98.26Elite12.640:04:45Coreban 14 Dart
4Peter Petersen0:48:4214'Masters96.71Elite12.440:04:49Naish 14 LE
5Brad Adams0:49:2414'Open95.34Elite12.270:04:53Fanatic Falcon 14'
6Pietro Muscas0:49:4514'Masters94.67A12.180:04:56Naish 14 Glide
7Sebastian Cattelan0:49:5114'Open94.48A12.160:04:56Starboard 14' OO
8Ethan Koopmans0:50:2414'Junior93.45A12.020:04:59Naish 14 Glide
9Francois Frick0:50:5514'Open92.50A11.900:05:02Starboard 14' Ace Pro
10Tom King0:51:4614'Open90.99A11.710:05:08Fanatic Falcon 14'
11Joshua Robertson0:51:4714'Junior90.96A11.700:05:08Naish 14 LE
12John de Roy0:52:0114'Open90.55A11.650:05:09Coreban 14 Dart
13Nico Pfitzenmaier0:52:1214'Open90.23A11.610:05:10Naish 14 Glide AST
14Armien Wohlgemuth0:52:4014'Masters89.43B11.510:05:13Naish 14 Glide
15James Taylor0:54:1914'Masters86.71B11.160:05:23Naish 14 Glide
16Dave Maxwell0:54:4514'Masters86.03B11.070:05:25Naish 14 Glide
17Justin Bing0:54:4614'Open86.00B11.070:05:25Coreban 14 Dart
18Mike Fiet0:54:4914'Open85.92B11.060:05:26Coreban 14 Dart
19Brigette van Aswegen0:55:0314'Women's85.56B11.010:05:27Starboard 14' Ace Pro
20Ike Frans0:55:1314'Open85.30B10.970:05:28Starboard 14' OO
21Craig Ginsberg0:56:0014'Masters84.11C10.820:05:33Naish 14 Glide
22Rob Munro0:56:4214'Masters83.07C10.690:05:37Fanatic 14 OO
23Tyran Cooper0:57:1114'Open82.37C10.600:05:40Coreban 14 Dart
24Neal Esterhuysen0:58:1114'Open80.95C10.420:05:46Coreban 14 Dart
25Patricia Kohrs0:58:2714'Women's80.58C10.370:05:47Naish 14 Glide AST
26Mishka Steyn0:58:3914'Junior women's80.31C10.330:05:48Starboard 14' OO
27Wayne Robertson0:59:0314'Open79.76D10.260:05:51Coreban 14 Dart
28Francois Ferreira0:59:1114'Open79.58D10.240:05:52Starboard 14' OO
29Steve Tripney0:59:5914'Masters78.52D10.100:05:56Coreban 14 Dart
30Monika Wohlgemuth1:00:0414'Women's78.41D10.090:05:57Naish 14 Glide
31Calvin Ginsberg1:00:0514'Junior78.39D10.090:05:57Naish 14 Glide AST
32Tammy Robarts1:01:3712'6Women's76.44D9.840:06:06Coreban 12'6 Alpha
33Jonathan Donner1:06:4214'Open70.61D9.090:06:36Naish 12' Glide
34Iva Lopes1:07:3114'Women's69.76D8.980:06:41Naish 14 Glide AST
35Anna Knotten1:10:49proneWomen's66.51D8.560:07:0110'6 Proneboard
36Amanda Rootman1:11:3714'Women's65.77D8.460:07:05Starboard 14' OO
37Annalisa o'brien1:15:0014'Women's62.80D8.080:07:26Naish 14 Glide AST
38Kim DochertyDNF14'Open0.00D0.000:00:00RRD 12'6