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Sterkies Speed Event - Autumn 2012 PDF Print E-mail

Sterkies Event 2012

24 November 2012

Sail Rocket thunders past 60 knots in grand style, 67.74 knots max, and 65.37 knots 500 average !!!!

Paul Larsen says it best :
"Sooooo Happy! Just so, so happy. We did something amazing today. The numbers.... christ... I don't know where to start on this one. What a ride... what a boat. Just uploading the data now. The 65 + knot average was for 18 seconds... the trouble is that it only takes 15. 5 seconds at this speed. The container is rattling in the wind and everyone is just buzzing, swearing and shaking their heads. So happy that Malcolm was here to share this. That was a great battle with speed-spot today. She wasn't giving it up easy. This boat is tough. Things have changed. BPV must have felt that distant 'boom' and all of a sudden felt a little old. Yeah something special just happened."

21 November 2012

Antoine set a new windsurfing record of 52.05 knots !
Most sailors have improved their previous best speeds and 6 sailors are now over 50 knots.



19 November 2012

Sail Rocket beat Hydroptere's Nautical Mile (1852m) record with a stunning 55.5 knots at Walvis Bay yesterday (18 Nov).
They have improved both the outright 500m and NM records by the largest margin in history.
The forecast shows strong wind there this Saturday, hopefully it's not too strong so they can smash the 60 knot average.


17 November 2012

Day 6 of racing in Luderitz turned out to be a treat with the wind reaching 40 knots.
5 Riders went over 50 knots, and Antoine Albeau set a new Windsurfing World Record of 51.69 knots !
Day 6 Speeds

What's more is there is almost non-stop wind forecast for at least another week, so who knows how fast they will go by then.
Luderitz Forecast



16 November 2012

Still to be confirmed, but the record books have well and truly been rewritten today by SR2 (Sail Rocket), and congratulations are in order.
They did a 59.23 knot average and 62.53 peak (to be ratified) which raised the outright record considerably.

I'm sure they will break the 60 knot average and then some on the next windy day. This takes it well out of reach for all except and handful of contenders.
It's clear that a dedicated speed kite and some careful thought into the design of our equipment is needed if we are going to challenge at the new level, wherever it might be in a few weeks from now.
I salute Paul and the SR2 team for what they have achieved, this is just be the spark needed to take speed sailing to the next level.
I think the only way we can compete beyond 60 knots is to make our rig more efficient and get it to perform better on tighter wind angles, else we'll just need more and more wind which kicks up more chop.
60 knots bust

13 November 2012

It was bound to happen and today was the day, 2 Windsurfers smashed the 50 knot barrier in Luderitz.
Luderitz Speed Challenge states, "Anders Bringdal broke 1st the 50 knots with 50.41 knots and then 50.46 knots! Antoine beat him after with 50.59 knots".
Well done guys, you have rewritten the record books in a big way. Cédric Bordes must be chomping at the bit to join them, and I'm sure he will, very soon.
It is also my youngest son's Birthday today (Peter), so a very special day indeed.

12 November 2012

Paul Larsen skippered the SR2 (Sail Rocket 2) to record speeds today with a 61 peak and 54 knot average.
This is huge news and proves that there is plenty more to come.
They have been tinkering with SR2 for a while to try find the right balance; and it looks like they found the winning formula.

6 November 2012

As our window of opportunity closes to hold the Sterkies event this year, the first day of racing is about to unfold in Luderitz.
The wind should reach around 30 knots today, and improve further tomorrow. I cannot wait to see what speeds the top speed sailors reach in the new canal.

24 September 2012

I'm glad I didn't go full steam ahead with the speed event, as the right conditions did not materialise.

We got to the dam at dusk on Friday, and there was a strong West wind blowing (ideal for speed); but the rain started pelting down as night fell, and it blew and stormed throughout the night.
Saturday dawned sunny with a fresh NW blowing; but the sky soon turned gray and the odd rain squall made it unpleasant at times.
The wind blew a fair lick at times (up to 38 knots), but it remained NW as I feared making too choppy for speed.
Sunday blew much stronger than forecast (10 ave, 15 peak) and turned out to be a stunning day; warm and sunny with a fresh wind for most of the day.
Monday was a calm sunny day.

There is a lot of rain about very early in the season; so I reckon it will take a minor miracle to get another blow decent enough this year to warrant holding the event.
But let's see what October holds.

20 September 2012

It looks like a rainy and windy Saturday on the cards.
The rain is bound to make the wind erratic at times, but it should blow solidly at some stage during the day, and if the rain stays away it might even nuke.
I'm going regardless and will be prepared in case she delivers above expectation, as it did a few weeks ago.
We are lucky that a decent blow like this has landed over a long weekend; don't pass it up as the wind inland will be on the decline soon.

19 September 2012

The forecast is not ideal, as there might be rain on Saturday and the wind too North for speed.
But then it's Sterkies we are talking about and anything can happen; so get there and we will hold the event if the right conditions present themselves.
The pre-frontal winds will start from tomorrow, and there's a good chance it will blow until Sunday morning.

Expected weather
THURSDAY : Warm and sunny with moderate wind
FRIDAY : Fine and warm becoming partly cloudy; wind freshening later in the day
SATURDAY : Cloudy and cooler with chance of rain, but Windy !  Should start from the North and swing more West by 2pm
SUNDAY : Chilly start and 50/50 wind wise. It might nuke West early on depending on the passage of the front.

17 September 2012

The forecast has improved over the past 24 hours and we might hold the event after all.
What concerns me though is that there is a chance of rain on Saturday which is bad news for wind, and the direction might be too North for speed (but good for big-air).
The pre-frontal wind starts on Thursday, so if you are lucky enough to get there early, you will be rewarded with 3 straight days of wind.

Windguru Forecast

16 September 2012

Cold front on the way, but it might hit a day too soon for the long weekend and lacks in strength; it would be very convenient if it did work out.
Plan B; there's another front lurking the following weekend which might be stronger.
A lot can change; so I'll keep close watch on these and hope that one of them works out.

11 September 2012

Ouch, the medium and long range prospects for wind have both dropped out; it seems as though I put the evil eye on the wind.
The long weekend is still 10 days away, so hopefully it swings back in our favour by then.
Since our chances of strong wind worsen with each passing week; I'll have to jump at the next opportunity (if any) irrespective of the day of the week.

There's been very little wind this winter (similar to the past 2 years), there was one strong blow on 11 August (when I was away), and couple of decent blows on 8 June and 1 September. It's been a difficult to hold the speed event since 2010; hopefully this pattern changes soon.

8 September 2012

The forecast for this weekend has dropped, and we've had a very cold snap and torrential rain at times over the past 2 days.
The wind for next weekend also looks bleak at this stage, but the forecast for the long weekend looks promising.
I'll keep tabs on it and let you know if it holds.

4 September 2012

The wind this coming weekend looks too light to hold the speed event, and the boat show is on and several competitors will be there.
There might be more wind the following weekend, that will make it 5 straight weekends with wind !!! 
Our target is now one of the following 2 weekends, namely 15-16 Sept or the long weekend thereafter.

3 September 2012

The forecast for this coming weekend is too light to hold the speed and big-air event, so take it easy and relax for now.
There is bound to be at least one more decent blow before the Summer doldrums arrive.

30 August 2012

There is still no big blow on the cards, and with each passing week the odds of this diminish.
But on the flip-side, there has been wind for 2 weekends in a row, and next weekend looks like more of the same.
The long range forecast still looks positive for decent wind 7-10 days from now, so be ready.
I'll post updates during the week if it still looks positive.

22 August 2012

I'm back and there seems to be wind on a regular basis these days. There is only moderate wind at present, but I see some good prospects approaching from the West.
We'll hold the event as soon as the next strong front hits; the long range forecast shows this might be just after the first week of September.
Hopefully that happens, as our chances for wind diminish with each passing week.
At least the air temps have risen considerably; the water temps will improve too, but at a must slower rate due to the depth of Sterkies.

7 August 2012

The wind looks excellent this coming weekend, but unfortunately I'm away and so is Ocean2Air (Mauritius), so we'll have to have the event later in the month; but at least it will be warmer then.
It snowed in several places throughout South Africa today, and Sterkies measured a balmy 0 degrees C.
Regardless of temperature, if I were there these would be green light conditions for sure !

How's this for a nuking forecast for this coming Saturday :
Windguru Forecast
Gert Fouche says it blew so strong in the afternoon that everyone was just watching in awe.

24 July 2012

Winter is almost over and there have only been a few moderate wind days which is disappointing to say the least.
Each year seems to get worse than the last.
The water temp will be really cold until mid-late August, so take it easy until then.
I'll sound the alarm if a decent front is lurking from mid-August onward.

29 June 2012

There is some wind lurking next week, there's a peak on Wednesday and again on Friday.
Given the chilly temperatures at this time of the year, I reckon we rather wait until mid-August to get the show on road.
If you're a die hard, then you might be able to get in some practice before then.
There still hasn't been a big blow this Winter, just a couple of moderate to fresh days so far.
It's bound to happen at least once during Winter or early Spring; and I'll let you know when it does.

22 June 2012

We're still in a holding pattern for now.

There is a strong breeze in Joburg for change, "46 km/h / 12.9 m/s from the North" quoting Wunderground at ORT at 10h40.
There is a lot of cloud about today, and rain is imminent. That's the main reason we're not going ahead this weekend, as cloud and rain are wind inhibitors at Sterkies (besides storms).

21 June 2012

I will rather pass up the wind this weekend, as it doesn't look strong enough, and some rain is forecast which never bodes well for wind.
Watch out for next week though, there might be stronger wind then.

18 June 2012

There's some wind at Sterkies this weekend, but it looks a bit light to warrant holding the event at present.
I'll let you know if this changes.

8 June 2012

The wind blew early while I was fixing the weather station, but I wasn't in a hurry as I thought it would peak later. As it turns out, it rained and the wind backed off around midday which is unusual.
It was still a nice outing and a wonderful feeling to be racing across the crystal clear waters once again.

In hind sight it was fortuitous that I postponed the event, as it wasn't the epic day I'd hoped for; it peaked around 33 knots in the morning.

Here's early warning; the forecast for 23/24 June looks decent at present.

7 June 2012

By golly the wind is going to rip at Sterkies tomorrow; it's already howling and will find another gear tomorrow.
Clear the decks at work, as you might need to take a day off mid-week soon.

6 June 2012

Evening Edition :
I've spoken to a number of people, and the majority cannot make it.
There's a mix of reasons, including being overseas, injured, insufficient warning and work.
But the real show stopper is that the Durban guys won't make it, as they've just finished another event.
Since it won't be a proper event without them, I have no choice but to POSTPONE.

It's a real pity as it's going to howl, and conditions will be ideal for speed and the big-air contest.
But the KZN guys have promised to make the next roll call, and several others will also be able attend then.
I will try to give you as much early warning as possible before the next big blow, but bear in mind that long range forecasts are only rough estimates.
I'll let you know up to 10 days ahead when I see a powerful front approaching, and give you updates if it's still tracking.

The long forecast shows that the next chance of decent wind is around 21 June.
If this doesn't materialise, then we're probably looking at early July.

Morning Edition :
Need I say more :
Windguru Forecast

Just to reiterate, this will be both a SPEED and BIG-AIR event combined.
Decision on whether to postpone or not will be made this evening.

5 June 2012

The forecast for this Friday looks excellent and I'm considering going ahead with the Sterkies event.
I know this is short notice and during the week, but I'm worried that the next decent wind hits in July, which will be very cold.

Let me know if you can make it so I can get an estimate of riders.
You can Mail me here : basil at ffpro dot co dot za

31 May 2012

The next Sterkies event is almost upon us, so be ready.
The seasons have definitely shifted over the past few years, and the Winter winds seem to arrive later each year.
The South Atlantic High pressure system (West of Cape Town) is still too dominant and preventing the fronts from reaching inland, but this will change soon.

We'll once again combine a Speed and Big-Air event based on the success of last year's event.
We are still having moderate temperatures inland, and this coupled with the depth of Sterkies means the water shouldn't be too cold yet.
I will replace the power supply on the weather station while there so we can keep abreast with the weather patterns from a distance.

Backroll (Slo-mo) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Basil Cambanis   
Thursday, 07 May 2009 07:08

How to do a Backroll
  1. This trick can be done in most wind conditions, so long as there's enough to do small jumps. 
  2. Your approach speed depends on your level of experience, how many turns and what height you want. Increase your approach speed if you want more height or turns.
    You don't need much speed or height to do this trick, especially if you want a single rotation.
  3. You should have your hands at the center of the bar, especially when trying this for the first time. This prevents you from pulling the kite too harshly to either side mid-move.
  4. The main difference between this and a normal jump is that you carve upwind more aggressively before popping off the water, and then look over your shoulder in the direction of your leading hand as you leave the water.
    You don't need to be aggressive with your take off or head turn if there's plenty of wind, or you're jumping high enough and only want a single rotation. In this case you want to spin slowly.
    Look to the right if you're on a starboard tack (travelling with righthand leading)
    Look to the left if you're on a port tack (lefthand leading).
    If you want to do this while unhooked, then unhook just before popping off the water.
  5. Look over your shoulder to initiate the spin in the direction you're looking, as your upper body automatically tries to face the direction you're looking, especially without your feet being anchored.
  6. Your kite position can either be the same as for a normal jump if you want some height or leave it in the same position throughout (around 11 o'clock) and just pop off the water.
    How aggressively you move the kite through the window will influence your height and landing speed.
    For a slow soft landing move the kite from 11-12 o'clock to initiate the jump, sheet in slightly and hold at zenith (12 o-clock), then back to 11 o'clock before landing. This depends on the wind strength and your jump height.
  7. 3/4 of the way through your last rotation (or sooner if you're higher and doing multiple rotations) start spotting your landing zone and adjust accordingly. Look at your landing zone. 
    If you're
    rotating too slowly, try tuck in slightly by lifting your legs to give yourself more room/time and prevent the nose of your board digging in. Sheet your bar in a bit to buy you more time and cushion the landing, but don't fully sheet in your bar for too long else you'll stall the kite.
    If you cannot fully rotate each time, try carve your board straight upwind (briefly) before releasing, try get more height and look hard over your shoulder.
    If you're
    rotating too quickly and in danger of over-rotating, either go for another rotation (tuck in legs and look hard over shoulder to speed up) OR try to slow down your rotation and reduce your height by looking in front or you instead of over your shoulder, and extend your legs slightly to meet the water sooner, but never land with dead straight legs (else you'll injure yourself). You can also try sheeting out the bar gradually to increase your rate of decent.
  8. If your rotation speed and rate of decent match, then just look at your landing zone.
  9. Remember that your lines will be wound up the number of times you've rotated, so you'll need to spin your bar in the opposite direction accordingly. 
  10. If you don't have enough time to spin the bar upon landing (near bank/shore/tree or another kiter), you can first take evasive action and then spin your bar; your front and back hand will remain the same as before the jump, even with the lines wound up, the kite just reacts slower. 
Here's an instructional video of an unhooked backroll
State of Roads PDF Print E-mail
Written by Basil Cambanis   
Saturday, 15 February 2014 07:33

Update 22 September 2016 :
Great news, the R74 has been completely redone and is now in perfect condition. Pity that it took almost a decade to sort out but better late than never.
They are now busy redoing the road from Harrismith to Bethlehem. Nice to see.

The state of non-toll roads are in constant decline through lack of maintenance; the R74 which links the Highveld with KZN is a prime example.
Tender "irregularities" have been blamed for this, but the rot must surely go deeper than this.
I have a friend that owned a B&B along this alternate route which is now laid to ruin, and many businesses along this route have been forced to close or downsize.

This road used to be in excellent condition and runs through beautiful terrain; but visitors dare not take their eyes off the road to avoid having an accident or damaging their vehicle.
The road is now a mine field that has led to numerous deaths and accidents over the past few years.
The poor state of this road has been covered in Newspapers and on "Carte Blanche" to no avail.

Year after year of complaints has yielded nothing to date, it leaves one with a feeling of anger and regret.

Pot Holes
"The Times" 8 February 2014 (Letters section)

AA Comment on R74
"Automobile Association" comment

Other links :

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Sterkies Speed Event - 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Basil Cambanis   
Friday, 26 April 2013 05:44

Sterkies Speed Event 2013



The wind blew over 30 knots for 3 straight days making this the windiest event to date on average.

Saturday saw gusts reach 36 knots, Sunday 42 knots and Monday 44 knots.
The temperatures were warm up until Sunday despite all the wind.  
The Gauteng turnout was very disappointing considering the wind drought we've had, but thankfully KZN showed their support once again and made this a memorable event.

We could not run the speed discipline as the wind direction remained NW throughout which makes the run short and the water very choppy.
The Big-Air contest more than made up for this though, and there were some spectacular jumps, some were awe-inspiring and the best I have ever seen at Sterkies.

I will upload pictures and video clips of the action within 24 hours. 


1st Josh Emanuel (KZN) 7.3 sec

2nd Warren Gallow (GP) 6.0 sec

3rd Sean Mousley (KZN) 5.7 sec

YouTube clip of Josh doing a couple of loops

Check out the Photo Gallery

Windguru - Sterkies

Sterkies June 2011 Event Results PDF Print E-mail
Written by Basil Cambanis   
Sunday, 19 June 2011 05:13

Proudly Sponsored by : Ocean2Air

Lead up to the event Article

Go to the
 Photo Gallery to see pictures taken at the event.

Last updated : 11pm 24 June (more pics added to gallery)

Rob Chrystal emerged victorious overall in speed and the big-air event.

He also played a vital role in KZN winning the Inter-Provincial trophy.
Congratulation Rob, nice ha-trick !

Rob Chrystal

Event Summary

It was a tough call to convene this event as only 1 day of decent wind was forecast and time was rapidly running out with it getting colder the longer we waited. 
I decided to go ahead as the forecast looked solid (up to 45 knots) and it fell directly on a public holiday. 

The wind unfortunately didn't blow as strong as I would have liked, and it remained fairly North throughout which is unusual. When the wind is too North, it results in a lot of chop and swell in the bay which limits speed.
Despite this, we still managed to run the first big-air event at Sterkies with great results, and ran the speed event after the big-air contest.
Due to the 

wind moderating and the broad angle, the speeds were not as good as we've seen in the past.
Course racing was not run as the big-air and speed events were given priority while the wind was decent, and most competitors left early on Friday morning. Next time it will definitely be run.
We learnt a lot from the first multi-discipline event and will use this knowledge to improve in the future. 

I'm ecstatic that 5 juniors competed in the event; this is a trend that I hope will continue.

5 judges (all volunteers) were used to determine the hang-time of competitors. It was based on a competitor's time in the air; timing starts when they leave the water and stops when they land. Competitors have to successfully land the jump in order for it to count. There were some huge jumps and few spectacular crashes in the process.
We ran 4 heats, and each heat comprised of 4 competitors. The top 5 competitors went into a final round to determine the winner.
Depending on how many competitors we have, heats will be limited to 5 competitors at a time to avoid over crowding, promote better safety, and give the judges more time to score the jumps.
0.3 of a second separated the first 3 places in the Big-Air contest.

The speed event took place after the big-air, but the wind was lacking juice by then and remained too broad, so the speeds were not stellar and it was difficult to clock fast speeds with the chop and swell running into the bay.
Competitors still gave it their all and recorded respectable speeds given the conditions.
Rob, Paul and Luke featured on top of the list once again, and Joshua put on very consistent and impressive performance throughout all the disciplines.

0.6 of a knot separated the first 3 places in the Speed event.

KZN outnumbered Gauteng 2 to 1 and dominated in all disciplines. Luke Thomas was the only spanner in their works, and prevented KZN from making a clean sweep.

Competitors will be seeded (ranked) in future based on the past 2 events so that they are grouped accordingly. The most recent event carries more weight, so missing events will result in a poor rating which means you might not get the pick of conditions, i.e. top ranked competitors will be given priority when best conditions prevail. This will allow competitors of a similar skill level in a given discipline to compete in the same conditions (wind angle, strength, etc.), and in so doing 
level the playing field. 

Top seeds are most likely to take full advantage of the strongest wind, and those new to the event or still progressing generally don't want or need the insane conditions. 
The big-air ranking is as per the results below as it was the first event. If you were not present at this event, then you will be unseeded at the next event. 
The speed ranking is as follows : Basil Cambanis, Paul Railton, Rob Chrystal, Joshua Emanuel, Anton Nel, Bruce Chrystal, Reese Hendrikz, Luke Thomas, Calvin da Silva, Steve Taylor, Warren Gallow, Christoff Muller, Schalk Kleyn, Lorenzo Valenti, Brendon Webber, Steve Gore, Beau White, Erik Gibson, George Krafft, Wern de Villiers, Dean Hinkins, Rowan Hayes, Anna Hayes, Rowan Hayes (Jnr), Justin Faragher. Others are not seeded.

Since the number of entrants vary significantly each time, I don't know how many shirts to have printed, so there's either a surplus (as at this event) or we're short. So in future I'll have top-quality shirts, and maybe a few jackets and beanies printed with generic Sterkies event branding (done discretely so they can be worn anywhere). I'll sell them at cost to those that want them. The event is run on a non-profit basis, and after the event expenses (trophies, fuel, GPS's, boards, buoys, etc.) there's no margin for clothing.
If we secure a sponsor for the clothing, then they'll be handed out free of charge as in the past.

The design of the trophies has changed at each event and there are currently 9 trophies on offer :
Overall speed winner (floating)
Twintip winner (floating)
Big-Air winner (floating)
1st, 2nd and 3rd place for Speed
1st, 2nd and 3rd place for Twintip
I'll add a big-air winner and runner-up trophy at the next event, and a course race winner's trophy (floating) bringing the tally of trophies to 12.
So there'll be 4 floating trophies and 8x positional trophies which competitors get to keep.
The trophies constitute a large chunk of the reoccurring expense, but are important to recognise the achievement of competitors and motivate others to try and get one.

One or more course races will definitely be run at the next event. I apologise to those that attended the event with the intention of entering just the course race.
We had enough wind on Wednesday afternoon (15-22 knots) to hold a course race, but everyone only arrived on Thursday. And the wind blew early on Friday morning (20-31 knots), but the KZN crew wanted to get back in time for the SW'er.

I trust that those that attended had a great time, and I look forward to seeing larger numbers at the Spring event when it's warmer.


Big-Air Results




Hang- Time





6.4 secs

KZNTX4, F-One Bandit4 10



6.3 secs


 Long Ocean, F-One Bandit4 10


   [Best Peak]

6.2 secs


 TX3, F-One Bandit4 10



5.2 secs


 Airtool, Genetrix Hydra 9



5.1 secs


 F-ONE Bamboo, F-One Bandit4 10



5.1 secs


 Xelerator, Mutiny 9



5.1 secs


 TX4, F-One Bandit4 9



4.8 secs


TX4, Genetrix Hydra 9 



4.6 secs


Brunotti Youri Pro TT, Flexifoil Ion4 7



4.3 secs


Aboard TT, Flexifoil Hadlow Pro 7



3.2 secs


 Unknown, Mutiny 9

Steffen Begere set the best hang-time of the event with 6.8 seconds during qualifying.
He had a crash early in the final that put pay to his chances. Steff is definitely one to watch in the future.

Here's one of Rob's jumps caught on camera :

Speed Results















Airtool, F-One Bandit4 10






 Airtool, Genetrix Hydra 9



   [Best Peak]
   [1st Twintip]








 Airtool, F-One Bandit4 10



  [2nd Twintip]






 Long Ocean, F-One Bandit4 10







 Airtool,  F-One Bandit4 10







 Xelerator, Mutiny 9







Flexifoil Hadlow Pro Board, Flexifoil ION 4 8,5







 Xelerator, Flexifoil Ion4 7







 Xelerator, Flexifoil Hadlow Pro 7



  [3rd Twintip]






 TX4, F-One Bandit4 7







 F-One, Nobile 







Custom, Naish Helix 9







 -, North Rebel 9







 Custom, F-ONE 

Counts for
Inter-Prov results






 Airtool, Genetrix Hydra 12

Erik Gibson was the winner of the lucky draw prize kindly donated by Ocean2Air 

Erik with his Mystic Warrior Waist harness

Inter-Provincial Trophy

KZN won the trophy for the first time in a convincing fashion.
Well deserved guys !!!

The average of the top 3 riders are averaged per province to get a result.

Rob Chrystal        38.83
Paul Railton         38.50
Joshua Emanuel   38.21
38.51 knots

Basil Cambanis      44.27
Luke Thomas       34.73
Brendon Webber  25.93
34.97 knots

Special Thanks to :
  • Bruce and Rob Chrystal from Ocean2Air for sponsoring the event and their continued support.
  • My wife Nicolene and my boys Michael and Peter braving the cold conditions, doing the scoring and so much more. It would have been very tough going without their help.
  • Greg de Beyer from  for bringing his event trailer which provided much needed shelter from the elements and from which the scoring was done. Greg also brought loads of coffee, tea and cup-a-soup, and donated towels to the competitors. I'm overwhelmed by your generosity !
  • Garry Robinson from Airtool for his attention to detail and willingness to help. His speed boards are first class and play a vital role in my performance.
  • Justin faragher from Xtreme Sportsfor racing off in a blink of an eye in his bakkie to fetch my kite when it released after a crash.
  • Bjorn Gaston, for the excellent photos he sent me; I've added them to the gallery.
  • Last but not least, to the competitors for their support and braving the cold. KZN in particular pulled out all the stops. Thanks to those select few Vaalies who supported the event.
Notables not present were :
  • Christoff Muller who was on a work assignment in the Western Cape and unfortunately got back a day late.
  • Gert and Christiaan were sick and on antibiotics; both called me to apologise, thanks guys.
  • Warren is frantic with studies and work and couldn't make it; he too called me and is always a great help.
  • Anton Nel was giving kitesurfing lessons at Palm Beach on behalf of Joluka, and Kobus Filmater joined him.
  • Dean Hinkins was under a lot of work pressure and mailed me explaining his situation.
  • Come on Western Cape, get there; this was the 6th event you've missed !

Event video to follow . . .
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4. Tilmann H.51.6855.6050.30
5. Manu T.50.5353.8049.26
6. Basil C.50.4953.4950.85
7. Jerome B.50.1255.0050.40
8. Rob D.49.9754.8551.55
9. Hennie B.49.6252.8049.47
10. Rolf v.48.6655.7547.90

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2. Laurent H.34.2934.6927.30
3. Ole K.48.3652.2948.06
4. Basil C.44.8250.8931.90
5. Ole K.42.5344.6741.01

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