Warehouse Freedom Paddle
by: Robin Tindall
Paddlers warm to
inaugural Freedom Paddle around Robben Island
Cape Town - South African paddlers have responded enthusiastically to
the launch of a brand new surfski challenge around Robben Island aimed
at commemorating Freedom Day and highlighting the serious environmental
challenges facing the oceans.
The Bamboo Warehouse Freedom Paddle presented by SASurfski.com will take
place on 27 April, Freedom Day, and will be staged as a 28km race around
Robben Island starting and finishing at Oceana Power Boat Club adjacent
to the Cape Town Waterfront.
After putting feelers out to various local paddling communities, the
response has been strongly supportive and entries have been received
from paddlers from every corner of the country.
“Robben Island is an iconic symbol of our new South Africa. It just made
sense to create an event that has the power to connect South Africans
with this incredible place,” said event director Robin Tindall.
“As surfski paddlers we are incredibly lucky to be able to experience
Robben Island from the sea. The wild side of the island is
breathtakingly beautiful. The coast line is pristine, the sea life
exceptional and the view of Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles is truly
spectacular” said fellow event organiser Tim Fey.
Entries have been confirmed from many of the top surfski paddlers in the
world, ensuring that the pace at the front will be fast and furious.
"Everyone will be wanting to claim the top spot to be able to say they
won the very first Bamboo Warehouse Freedom Paddle," said Tindall.
But he added that the main thrust of the event was to include athletes
of all abilities, and from as many walks of life as possible.
"Most of the field will be there, not for the racing, but to be a part
of something special, to take on the endurance of the challenge but also
to reflect on what Robben Island means to us as South Africans," he
Race safety officer and surfski coach Richard Kohler said “We would like
everyone to come down to the Oceana Power Boat Club on 27 April to see
what this sport of surfski is all about. "
"If you have a surfski and feel up to the challenge then enter and join
us. We have a shorter 15 km option for the less fit. Folks will also
have the opportunity to try a surfski or a Stand Up Paddle Board while
the main race is underway.
"We will have lifeguards on duty and extensive on water safety under the
watchful eye of the NSRI,” Kohler added.
The Bamboo Warehouse Freedom Paddle is also about promoting a healthy
and sustainable lifestyle and living in harmony with our planet.
“At Bamboo Warehouse, our core mission is to provide a sustainable
alternative to using rare hardwoods for furniture and floors. Partnering
with The Freedom Paddle gives us a fantastic way to spread our message
of sustainability” said Graeme Solomon, founder of Bamboo Warehouse and
top canoeist and surfski paddler.
“Having spent countless hours in our rivers and oceans training and
racing, I have seen first-hand the trash we are choking our planet with.
It is vital we switch from single use plastics and using unsustainable
resources. Let’s create a planet our kids can enjoy” said Solomon.
The Freedom Paddle is scheduled for 9am on Friday 27 April 2018. More information can be found at
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Warehouse Freedom Paddle
Freedom Day will be
commemorated by surfski paddlers from around the country at the
inaugural Bamboo Warehouse Freedom Paddle. Seen enjoying the very calm
conditions on a recent recent paddle to the iconic island are (from
left) Rob Moody, Robin Tindall and Anton Holtzhausen.
Anton Holtzhausen skirts
close to the wreck on the far side of Robben Island. The
inaugural Bamboo Warehouse Freedom Paddle will take paddlers from the
V@A Waterfront around Robben Island and back on
Freedom Day 27 April.
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