Finish with the Cape Town 2010 Stadium in the Background

Cape Town - In a desperate do-or-die sprint for line honours, Scarborough's evergreen hero Paul Marais triumphed by the narrowest of margins, when he posted a four second victory over Wynberg's fast-finishing Steve Farrell in the 6th leg of the Discovery Men's Health Surfski Series, held at the Cape Town V & A Waterfront.

Paul Marais on his way to Victory

In windless conditions, a fleet of 120 surf-skis took off from Grainger Bay shortly after 9am, negotiating a course along the Sea-Point seaboard to Clifton's First beach where paddlers were required to drag their boats around a marker-flag staked on Clifton’s white sands before taking on the big rolling ocean-swell and paddling back to the Oceana race-headquarters in Grainger Bay.

"I've never been as tired in a ski-race as I was to-day," said an exhausted but delighted Marais at the prize-giving ceremony. "At the Thermopylae-wreck just off Mouille-Point, just 800m from home, my pulse-rate was registering at a scary 185 heart-beats per minute as I battled insanely to stay ahead of Steve (Farrell)".

Steve Farrell nearing the Finish at Oceana

An affirming nod from Farrell suggested that the two had capitalised on the absence of the Mocke brothers, Tom Schilperoot and Sean Rice who are all busy campaigning in Hong Kong currently in preparation for the 2009  Dubai's Shamaal on Wednesday. The race attracts the world’s elite men and women ski-paddlers to battle for a share of the record purse of $USA100,000 in total prize-money.

Third placed Ian Trautman, Mo and All

Rebecca Newson is now firmly entrenched as the leading West Cape surf ski series Ladies Elite paddler after pipping a fast-improving Nikki Mocke into second place by a mere nine seconds, with Bianca Beavitt from Big Bay Lifesaving Club was third and Liz Hart finished fourth.

1st placed lady, Rebecca Newson,powering to the finish.

A great race, with race organiser Billy Harker donating a portion of the entrance fee to the Canser Association of South Africa as part of Movember (Grow a Mo for a Bro) campaign, fittingly the doubleski catagory was won by Mr Mo Cape Town, David Williams Ashman and Paul Neill of DWASOPE fame, destroying the rest of the field on their home course.

Mr Mo Cape Town, Dave Williams Ashman and Paul Neill powering to the finish and First place in the Doubles.