Warehouse Push And Pull Paddle Media Release
16 July 2019
: Dave Macleod
SUP paddler appeals to women to enter Push and Pull Paddle
Paarl - As entries pour in for the Bamboo Warehouse Push And
Pull Paddle from 9 to 11 August, Sea Point based Stand Up
Paddleboard enthusiast Jean Mortlock has had her entry confirmed
and is encouraging other women to enter and use the event to
celebrate Women’s Day on the first day of the race.
Stand Up Paddleboarding, Or SUPing as it is known, continues to
gain popularity, and the craft originally designed for sea
paddling are now appearing at most major river marathons.
But that’s not the main reason why the Sea Point resident
Mortlock has joined the big field that will gather at Val De Vie
for the start of the 15km first stage on Women’s Day.
“This race is trying to do something completely different. It is
a great lifestyle event and looks like a jol,” said the 35 year
old advertising exec who has only been SUPing since the
beginning of the year.
“The distances are do-able and there is an awesome balance
between the sport and the social side which will guarantee great
camaraderie and vibe,” she added.
She is hoping that more women take up the opportunity before the
limited race entries sells out.
“Both in canoeing and SUP there are plenty of girls really
enjoying the sport, and with this race on the Women’s Day long
weekend I really hope we see a surge in women entering,” she
Mortlock has taken her new sport seriously and is targeting a
long-distance SUP race in the Netherlands as her next major
challenge, but a shoulder injury has hampered her preparations.
“I will be coming into the Push and Pull a little short of
training and no river SUP experience but we are going to get
onto rivers over the next few weekends," she said, hoping that
they get similar water conditions that the Berg River Canoe
Marathon had last week.
“That looked like such fun!” she enthused. “Standing on the
bridge watching the paddlers, all you saw is that everyone was
smiling, chatting and enjoying themselves,” she said.
Mortlock who was born in East Griqualand, raised on a farm in
the Lowveld and moved to Cape Town ten years ago, is working on
some adventurous plans for the long 36 kilometre second stage.
“Sjoe, we will have to leave at sunrise,” she mused. “I might
have to do some portaging as well so I will be the one wearing
veldskoens,” she added.
Organisers are experiencing a deluge of entries this week as
normal entries close at 10pm on Thursday 18 July.
More information can be found at
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"This race is trying to do something completely different. It is
a lifestyle event and looks like a jorl,” Jean Mortlock, one the
Stand Up Paddleboarders to enter the Bamboo Warehouse Push And
Pull Paddle from 9 to 11 August.
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