The Bamboo Warehouse Freedom Paddle 2018 Media Release

 No: fp1803

27 April 2018

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Written by: Dave Macleod

Mocké and Notten bag inaugural Freedom Paddle laurels

Cape Town - The surfski community celebrated Freedom Day in special style as the inaugural Bamboo Warehouse Freedom Paddle drew a huge field that saw Jasper Mocké and Nicky Notten proudly secure the overall line honours.

With the organisers hoping that the debut edition of the 26 kilometre paddle from the V&A Waterfront around Robben Island and back would lure around 50 paddlers, in the end over 120 paddlers took to the water in perfect conditions, with a manageable Northerly wind offering some good downwind runs on the return leg.

Local surfski stalwarts Jasper Mocké and Nicky Notten asserted themselves early on and took control of the front of the race, but they had to fight off a spirited charge through the pack by Durbanites Clint Cook and Tyron Maher, with another Durban paddler Matt Bouman and his Cape St Francis partner Phillip Smith taking the last spot on the podium.

"We managed to break away with Matt (Bouman) and Phillip (Smith) after about five kays and once we came around the back side of Robben Island, we managed to link a few runs together which got us a nice gap," said Mocké.

"We thought the last twelve kays back from the island would be an individual time trial, so we we got into a rhythm and opened up the gap.

"But Tyron (Maher) and Clint (Cook) had a fantastic run back as well and they flew through the field and came right up to us at one stage, making the last two kays a really tight dice," said Mocké.

"I am extremely stoked to win the inaugural Freedom Paddle, and to contribute on a day that is so significant to our nation," said Mocké. "This is an event that is really going to go places," he added.

Reigning surfski world champ Hayley Nixon won the women's overall title paring up with young Sabina Lawrie, and enthused about the impact that the maiden Freedom Paddle has made on the surfski community.

"It was magnificent! From the unbelievable perfect window in the weather to the significance of paddling to Robben Island on Freedom Day, it was totally magical, world class," said Nixon.

Durbanite surfski stalwart Barry Lewin was the first single ski to complete the race, while Cape West Coast paddler Bianca Beavitt took the women'
s singles title in a strong showing that saw her finish second overall in the singles race.

The race concluded in euphoric style as the surfski community revelled in the superb organisation, excellent racing conditions and the ability to meaningfully celebrate Freedom Day, and ended with title sponsor Graeme Solomon renewing his Bamboo Warehouse sponsorship and promising a first prize of R100 000 for next year's race.

1.Jasper Mocké/Nicky Notten
2.Clint Cook/Tyron Maher
3.Matt Bouman/Phillip Smith

1.Hayley Nixon/Sabina Lawrie
2.Nikki Mocké/Kim van Gysen
3.Wilma Deysel/Louisa van Staaden

Single Ski
1.Barry Lewin
2.Bianca Beavitt (1st women single)
3.Richard Lowe

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Over 120 paddlers took part in the inaugural Bamboo Warehouse Freedom Paddle on Freedom Day on Friday.

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Eventual winners Jasper Mocké and Nicky Notten enjoy riding a run on their way back to the the V&A Waterfront during the inaugural Bamboo Warehouse Freedom Paddle.

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Race winner Jasper Mocké and Nicky Notten skirt close to a wreck on the shores of Robben Island during the inaugural Bamboo Warehouse Freedom Paddle.

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Matt Bouman and Phillip Smith lead the field out of Cape Town during the inaugural Bamboo Warehouse Freedom Paddle.

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Bianca Beavitt excelled, finishing second single ski overall at the inaugural Bamboo Warehouse Freedom Paddle.

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In near perfect conditions paddlers get a glimpse of the prison building on the shore of Robben Island during the inaugural Bamboo Warehouse Freedom Paddle.

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