The Bamboo Warehouse Freedom Paddle 2018 Media Release

 No: fp1802

25 April 2018

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Written by: Dave Macleod

Big star studded field confirmed for inaugural Freedom Paddle around Robben Island

Cape Town -
As late entries close for the inaugural Bamboo Warehouse Freedom Paddle surfski race around Robben Island on Freedom Day Friday 27 April, the event boasts a huge entry studded with world champions and looks set to be staged in superb weather conditions.

After initially hoping to attract 50 paddlers to the 28km race around Robben Island starting and finishing at Oceana Power Boat Club adjacent to the Cape Town Waterfront., the appeal of the paddle around the iconic island and the chance to contribute meaningfully to Freedom Day has ignited the surfski community, and the final entry is surging towards the 150 paddler mark.

Ten times world marathon champion Hank McGregor has lodged an entry with his Durban friend Lee Furby, and will look to close out the top step of the podium against a classy field that includes all the elite local surfski and the Eastern Cape Louw brothers Ryan and Greg.

“Any time Hank is on the start line you know there is a strong chance he will be finishing the race in first place,” was the blunt assessment of race organiser Robin Tindall.

“The Louw Brothers from Craddock have proven themselves to be very handy surfski paddlers and if conditions are on the flatter side they would have to be the odds on favourite,” he added.

“Clint Cook and Tyron Maher have thrown in a late entry and are coming down from Durban with guns blazing,” said Tindall. “This combo has no intention of going back to Durban without the Bamboo Warehouse Freedom Paddle title,” said Tindall.

Dawid Mocké has confirmed his entry, partnering Jono Nieman, while race sponsor Graeme Solomon has recruited Ian Trautmann as his partner and will be a factor throughout the race.

In the ladies division the combination of the current world champ Hayley Nixon and the world junior champion Sabina Lawrie will start as out-and-out favourites. However, there are rumours that Bianca Beavitt, multiple winner of both The Cape Point Challenge and the Berg River Canoe Marathon maybe on the start line in a double to add spice to the women’s title race.

With the event focussing heavily on double skis racing, the vast majority of the crews entered are in pairs with a few hardy singles setting off for the circumnavigation of the iconic island.

Weather conditions are lining up to be superb for the race. The event organisers are pulling out all the stops to entertain spectators who head down to Oceana Power Boat Club to watch the start at 9am, and then jump on a surfski or on a Stand Up Paddle Board to see what all the fuss is about for themselves.

For those who can't make it to the start, they can watch the live online via Saftrx Flotilla at

The event is pushing its drive to promote the eradication of plastics that pollute the ocean and encouraging the adoption of sustainable alternatives.

The Freedom Paddle is scheduled for 9am on Friday 27 April 2018. More information can be found at

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"Team Salt Rock" comprising ten-times world marathon champion Hank McGregor (right) and his friend Lee Furby has confirmed for the inaugural Bamboo Warehouse Freedom Paddle.

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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.

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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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