Published on July 15th, 2013 | by Peter Svensson0
Dramatic finish in the mix double race
Yesterday it was the race day for the double surfskis. The double surfski race didn’t have the World Championship status this year. But that didn’t stop the interest in participating in the race. There were a lack of surfskis compared to the number of paddlers who wanted to participate the race. The organizers solved this by separating the race into two races to free surfskis for all interested paddlers. The men’s race started first and the women/mix race started a few hours later after transporting the surfskis back to the start after the men’s race.
Hank McGregor/Grant Walt, South Africa won the men’s race followed by Sam Norton/Michael Booth, Australia and Barry Lewin/Richard von Wildemann came in third place.
The finish in the Women/Mix race were dramatic. Jasper and Nikki Mocke were in a clear leading position when we could spot them from the finish. But Tim Jacobs and Michele Eray advanced extremly fast and reached them at the final turning bouy. They choosed a little wider course to the beach and paddled hard. When the Mocke’s realized it would be a hard fight over the gold medal they used a aggressive tactic and forced Jacobs/Eray to the side to make them take an even longer course. In the heat of the moment they pushed this tactic to hard and the surfskis bumped into each other a couple of times. The tactic was succesful in the meaning that the Mocke’s reached the finish line first but it resulted in disqualification after the race.
Unfortunately I ran out of battery before the women arrived.