The Varsity College SA Schools Surfski Champs produced racing of the highest standard with the incredibly strong Orka Training Squad who made their way up the coast for the event destroying the KZN's junior talent and claiming both the boys' and girls' title.

The battle at the front of the boys' race was fierce as the lads from Cape Town set a blistering pace from the outset.

A strong interval by defending champ Dom Notten (Wynberg Boys' High), Craig Flanagan (SACS) and the inform Kenny Rice (Bergvliet High) saw them drop last year's runner up Jordan Zeelie (Grey High, PE) and Shanti Stewart midway through the 8km tussle.


A spirited effort by the two saw them close the gap shortly before the group turned at the final can however good awareness by the lead trio saw them catch a wave as they turned whilst the other two missed out.

That saw it become a three way end sprint with Notten and Flanagan edging ahead of Rice however a drama filled sprint up the beach saw the two miss the finish line leaving the door open for Rice to trot across the line first and claim his maiden U18 title.


"It’s so awesome to have won tonight! It was unlucky for Dom and Craig but I watched where they were going and new they weren't right so stuck with my line and fortunately it all paid off for me," said Rice.

"I've had a great season in the Cape and this really caps things off superbly for me!"

"Its my third year at the champs so that makes even sweeter and I'm really looking forward to coming back again next year!" he added.

After another titanic tussle Amy Hare out sprinted paddling partner and her best friend Kirsten Flanagan to claim the girls' title despite having only started grade ten in January.
 
"It was a really good race. Kirst was going really well especially into the head wind so I managed to tuck in behind her and then got the inside line as we went around the final can and that was enough for me to get my nose in front," said Hare.

"It’s my first time here for the champs but I've been up to Durbs quite often for lifesaving so I know the conditions quite well but it was definitely quite tough out there with such a strong wind!" she added.

It just goes to show that all the hard work these paddlers are putting in on the Swamp is really paying off. From Orka Paddles Well done Guys and Girls.

SA Schools Results:
Boys:
1.Kenny Rice 34:28
2.Dom Notten 34:32
3.Craig Flanagan 34:38
4.Shanti Stewart 34:58

5.Jordan Zeelie 35:23
6.Nick Notten 35:50

Girls:
1.Amy Hare (U16) 39:06
2.Kirsten Flanagan (U16) 39:15

3.Kerry Segal 40:49
4.Jodi Cleworth 43 39
5.Candice Murray 44 37