November 7, 2012
by Peter Petersen

[RESULTS] PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series, South Africa: Awesome Conditions For Race #4

Awesome downwind conditions in South Africa // all photos © Bruce Johnston

35 knots of cranking South Easterly wind, record participation and a stack of Personal Best times!

Fifty SUP’s and 40 surf-skis lined up to make this a record field in the 4th round of the 2012 PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series. Conditions were close to epic with the strongest winds and biggest runners we’ve seen so far this year.

These conditions clearly suited our SUP championship leader Chris Bertish (Naish) who was first out the back and never looked back. Chris caught runner after runner and although brother Greg (Coreban) was keeping up initially, it wasn’t long before Chris dropped him and the rest of the field like pieces of hot coal.

Greg held 2nd to the line, but only just, as surprise of the night, Justin Bing (Coreban) tore through the field to take his first podium finish in only his 3rd downwinder! Justin Bing is the reigning South African SUP surfing and Longboarding Champion and represented South Africa at the last ISA Worlds – so he is clearly used to winning and will be a man to watch in the future!

In the ladies class Brigette van Aswegen (Starboard) once again took the win but young Mishka Steyn (Starboard) had her best downwinder ever and is closing the gap every week. Mishka even lost her paddle in a fall and was gracious that Wayne Robertson spotted the distress call and was there to pick it up! In third was Monica Wohlgemuth (Naish), who nearly cracked the one-hour mark, also setting a personal best in the process.

In total 42 out of the 50 paddlers set a personal best time – plenty of proof that conditions were exceptional.The juniors are getting fast, very fast, with PB’s to all of our top three in Ethan Koopmans (Naish), Kimon Dos Santos (Naish) and Joshua Robertson (Fanatic).

The 4th completed race means everyone gets a discard in the overall standings, and Chris Bertish maintains his lead over Dylan Frick and Greg Bertish.

We had a couple of exciting newcomers, notably Nico Pfitzenmaier who is an ex-professional Xterra tri-athlete and Nick Hulm, also with a profesional tri-athlon background. Both dipped under one hour on their first ever downwinder and Nick placed mid-field with a 56.27 after having set foot on a SUP for the first time only last week!

Full race results below (…catch up with the results from the first three races >>> 2012/2013 PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series).

– Peter

PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series – LEADERBOARD


PRIMI Naish Downwind Dash Series – Race #4 RESULTS

Date: 7th November, 2012
Wind: SSE 25-35 knots
Course: 10.1km

#NameTimeClassDivision% of 1stGradekm/hmin/kmBoard
1Chris Bertish0:45:5114'Open100.00Elite13.220:04:32Naish 14 Glide 2012
2Greg Bertish0:47:1114'Open97.17Elite12.840:04:40Coreban 14' Dart
3Justin Bing0:47:5214'Open95.79Elite12.660:04:44Coreban 14' Alpha
4Brad Adams0:48:0014'Open95.52Elite12.630:04:45Fanatic 14 Falcon
5Colin Heckroodt0:49:2014'Open92.94A12.280:04:53Starboard 14' OO
6Andrew Cillie0:49:2814'Masters92.69A12.250:04:54Starboard 14 'OO
7Gary van Rooyen0:49:3414'Masters92.50A12.230:04:54Coreban 14 Dart
8Pietro Muscas0:50:0814'Masters91.46A12.090:04:58Naish 14 Glide 2012
9Peter Petersen0:50:2714'Masters90.88A12.010:05:00Naish 14 Glide (2012)
10Matthew Linden0:50:3414'Open90.67A11.980:05:00Naish 14 Glide AST
11Nicky Carstens0:50:4014'Masters90.49A11.960:05:01Custom 14'
12Ethan Koopman0:50:5214'Junior90.14A11.910:05:02Naish 14 Glide
13Dylan Frick0:51:2414'Open89.20B11.790:05:05Starboard 14' Ace Pro
14Francois Frick0:51:4614'Open88.57B11.710:05:08Starboard 14' Ace Pro
15Tom King0:51:5514'Open88.31B11.670:05:08Fanatic 14' Fly
16Glen Thompson0:53:0514'Open86.37B11.420:05:15Naish 14 Glide AST
17Dave Maxwell0:53:1514'Masters86.10B11.380:05:16Naish 14 Glide
18Kimon Dos Santos0:53:1814'Junior86.02B11.370:05:17Naish 14 Glide
19John Du Rooy0:53:4014'Open85.43B11.290:05:19Coreban
20Joshua Robertson0:53:4814'Junior85.22B11.260:05:20Fanatic 14 Falcon
21James Taylor0:54:0914'Open84.67C11.190:05:22Naish 14 Glide AST
22Rob Munro0:54:1814'Masters84.44C11.160:05:23Fanatic 14 OO
23Tyran Cooper0:55:3114'Open82.59C10.920:05:30Coreban
24Brigette van Aswegen0:56:0514'Lady81.75C10.810:05:33Starboard 14' Ace Pro
25Nick Muhl0:56:2714'Open81.22D10.740:05:35Naish 14 Glide AST
26Gavin Dace0:56:3714'Open80.98D10.700:05:36Naish 14 Glide AST
27Michael Fiet0:56:5514'Open80.56C10.650:05:38Coreban 14' Dart
28Guy Bubb0:57:1814'Open80.02C10.580:05:40Naish 14 Glide (2012)
29Neal Esterhuysen0:58:3514'Open78.26D10.340:05:48Coreban
30Mishka Steyn0:58:5514'Lady/Junior77.82D10.290:05:50Starboard 14' OO
31Wayne Robertson0:59:2514'Open77.17D10.200:05:53Coreban 14 Dart
32Nico Pfitzenmaier0:59:3614'Open76.93D10.170:05:54Naish 14 Glide AST
33Brad Orkin1:00:0014'Open76.42D10.100:05:56Naish 14 Glide
34Craig Ginsberg1:00:1814'Masters76.04D10.050:05:58Naish 14 Glide (2012)
35Steve Tripney1:00:2914'Masters75.81D10.020:05:59Coreban 14 Dart
36Monika Wohlgemuth1:00:4614'Lady75.45D9.970:06:01Naish 14 Glide (2012)
37Tammy Robarts1:02:2412'6Lady73.48D9.710:06:11Naish 11'6 Nalu
38Naas Terreblanche1:03:3814'Open72.05D9.520:06:18Naish 14 Glide AST
39Christina Fernandez1:04:2212'6Lady71.23D9.410:06:22Cabrinha 10'6
40Patricia Kohrs1:04:2214'Lady71.23D9.410:06:22Naish 14 Glide AST
41Deon Bing1:04:4712'6Masters70.77D9.350:06:25Coreban Soft Top
42David van der Spuy1:04:4914'Open70.74D9.350:06:25Coreban
43Brendon Scharfetter1:05:0114'Open70.52D9.320:06:26Fanatic 14 OO
44Jonathan Donner1:05:2112'6Open70.16D9.270:06:28Naish 12' Glide
45Craig Girdlestone1:05:3014'Masters70.00D9.250:06:29Naish 14 Glide AST
46Craig Ziman1:05:5714'Open69.52D9.190:06:32Coreban
47Paul Ruger1:11:5414'Masters63.77D8.430:07:07Coreban 14 Dart
48Justin Trent1:12:0414'Masters63.62D8.410:07:08Naish 14 Glide (2012)
49Johan Adler1:12:3514'Open63.17D8.350:07:11
50Oliver Potgieter1:12:5014'Open62.95D8.320:07:13

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