Dischem Pete Marlin Media Release
19 Aug 2021
: Dave Macleod
Legend Lewin unpacks Pete Marlin's appeal
East London - One of the first entries received for the 2021
Dischem Pete Marlin surfski weekend came from stalwart Durban
paddler Barry Lewin, a former champion of the race passionate
about renewing his connection to the Border classic from 30-31
Following the cancelation of the event in 2020, Lewin feels the
East London-based race will actually benefit from the fourteen
months of Covid-19 lockdown.
Lewin, a property professional from the KZN North Coast, has
done all the recent editions of the race and is named on the
twelve-strong list of legends who have completed ten or more
Pete Marlin races, and says the race has a number of unique
appeals that draw paddlers back from all corners of the country
“One of the things that has happened in the paddling community
since the start of this lockdown has been the organising of
clubs and groups keen to train together and then travel to
events like the Pete Marlin,” said Lewin.
“I have a group of ten on the Dolphin Coast all really keen to
get a trailer together and travel to East London for the
weekend. Durban has the established Geriatskis, but now the
Pirates SLC group and Marineskis are well organised as well.
“Paddling for decades has been such an individual sport, but
since the start of the lockdown that really has changed and this
amazing club culture has developed,” said the Elaleni Coastal
Resort/North Global Group athlete.
For Lewin, this new development is the third unique element that
will help drive the entry for the two-day surfski festival in
the Eastern Cape at the end of October.
“First and foremost it is such great surfski paddling,”
explained Lewin. “It on an exposed coastline where you can get
some proper downwind paddling, but with the manageable distances
and easy launches from protected beaches, it is completely
do-able for the average paddler.
“Then the East London community is so warm and welcoming,” added
Lewin. “Everyone opens their homes to the paddlers that come
into town from all around the country.
“There is a real family vibe from the local organisers to their
sponsors and the East London paddling community and that
hospitality makes this event really unique,” he added.
Lewin says the cancellation of the 2020 event coupled with this
rejuvenation of the spirit with the paddling community will make
the 2021 race memorable.
“This is a race that is very special to me,” he said. “I was
fortunate enough to win it and I made the national team when it
was trial for the SA team.
“My aspirations now are very different,” he went on to say. “Yes
I will go hard when the racing starts, but for me now it is a
weekend of fantastic paddling in the most welcoming environment
you will find at any paddling event in the country.”
Legends who have done ten or more Pete Marlins
Cassie van Heerden
Andre van Wyk
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“There is a real
family vibe from the local organisers to their sponsors and the
East London paddling community and that hospitality makes this
event really unique,” says Barry Lewin ahead of the 2021 Dischem Pete
Marlin surfski race on 30 and 31 October.
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