The mixed double crew of Matt Bouman and Danville Park Girls High School student Valma Jean Hockly was the big winner in Friday’s Chalupsky Properties Surfski series.
The fourth race in the series also saw Gene Prato win the men’s race, while Tracey Nuss won the women’s race.
Prato took full advantage of the flat seas and mild conditions to take the lead from the start of Marine SLC and galloped back nearly a minute ahead of second-placed Wade Krieger.
Also read: Champions set the bar at Drak Challenge
With three different paddlers having won the first three races of the eight-race series, the second victory leaves Prato holding all the cards, but he is quick to admit that the size and quality of the field will change drastically after the MyLife Dusi.
“A lot of guys were out for the Dusi this week so in the next race there will be a lot more competition,” he noted.
The race was notable for the absence of a number of traditionally dominant paddlers, many of whom chose not to race as part of their preparations for the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon this week, including last week’s winners Hank McGregor and Hayley Nixon.
You may be interested: Durban North’s Hayley Nixon wants to give Dusi a chance
In stark contrast, the crew of Bridgitte Hartley, who this week was named the new chair of the International Canoe Federation‘s Athletes’ Commission, and McGregor’s wife, Pippa McGregor, used the race as a warm-up for their Dusi campaign, and returned home as the fastest women on the water and sixth fastest doubles crew overall.
* Notice: Coronavirus reporting at Caxton Local Media aims to tackle fake news
Dear reader, As a local news provider, we have a duty to keep you factually informed about Covid-19 developments. As you may have noticed, misinformation and disinformation (also known as “fake news”) are circulating online. Caxton Local Media is committed to filtering through the masses of information circulating and separating truth from lies in order to keep you properly informed. Local newsrooms follow a strict fact-checking protocol before publication. A national task force has been created to help bring you credible reporting on Covid-19. Readers with comments or questions can contact National Group Editor Irma Green ([email protected]) or legal counsel Helene Eloff ([email protected]).