2019 ADReach Ocean Heroes Media Release

 No. OC1902

6 Sept 2019

Embargo: None

Written by; Dave Macleod


Expanded programme for Ocean Heroes "Super Sunday"

Durban – Into its sixth year the ADreach Ocean Heroes OceanMan competition returns to Durban's North Beach on Sunday 8 September with an expanded programme of events.

Billed as 'Super Sunday', the spectator-friendly event has been attracting the attention of more and more athletes since its inception in 2014, leading series organiser Wade Krieger to expand the day's racing programme to include a Malibu board race and a swim to compliment the main Enduro races.

The expanded day's programme will start at 8am with a 1,5km surf swim, followed at 9am by a 4km malibu board race, with exciting surf conditions expected following the cold front that has moved through the region.

The Enduro races for men and women start at 10am and will consists of a surf swim, surfski paddle, a pier run and then a final board leg into the finish in front of the Durban Surf Lifesaving clubhouse.

Last year’s winner Connor Botha narrowly beat the experienced South African Surf Ironman Champion Luke Nisbet and is feeling excited about defending his title.

“It makes me work harder knowing I have a target on my back and that people want to take that title from me.” said Botha, adding that he is not focussed on his competition “as everyone on that line is capable of taking out the title.”

This year’s Ocean Heroes contenders are Gene Prato who is showing great form in surf ski paddling and the iconic Matthew Bouman who was unlucky not to finish on the podium after he came fourth last year.

Also on the line are Keaton Riddle and the conservative Sanele Nxumalo, who is targeting a top five finish.

"I haven't placed very well the past two years so it is sort of a process at this time.” said Nxumalo, who feels that Ocean Heroes is a unique type of racing that you won’t find anywhere else in the country.

In the women's’ race, reigning champion Alice Edwards is focussed on defending her title. “My preparation has been quite good leading up to the event as I’ve also been training for the International Surf Rescue Challenge which is based in Durban this year in October,” says Edwards.

This year’s women's' race is “anyone’s game” with competition coming from a number of established stars and up and coming juniors like Paige Horn, Alice Edward and ace swimmer Amica de Jager who is travelling from the Eastern Cape specifically for the event.

The determined Horn from Umhlanga has prepared well for this year’s race. “Training has been tough and intense, with two to three sessions a day,” says Horn. "It is worth it to try and achieve the results and the kind of standards I expect from myself.”

She says that it's an opportunity for spectators to “come and line the piers and watch the action from up close. "Many people don’t know what lifesaving entails and I think once you know more you might get hooked on this action packed, clean and healthy sport,” she added.

The event is integrally linked to the ADreach-backed programme to clean up the rivers, estuaries, beaches and oceans that has already resulted in over 2 600 bags of waste being collected in Durban.

The ADreach Ocean Heroes Super Sunday takes place at North Beach, Durban on Sunday 8 September.

More information can be found at www.oceanheroes.co.za 

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Connor Botha will be back to defend his ADreach Ocean Heroes title on Sunday 8 September at North Beach in Durban. Brian Spurr/
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The ADreach Ocean Heroes Enduro on Sunday 8 September at North Beach in Durban will feature some of the country's best surf ironmen and women. in a surf swim, surfski paddle, a pier run and then a final board leg. Anthony Grote/
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A separate 4km malibu board race has been added to the ADreach Ocean Heroes programme at North Beach on Sunday 8 September. Supplied/
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