Fish Hoek -In quite the most extreme wind conditions ever experienced since the start of local surfski series racing in 1998, Dawid Mockè posted his maiden victory in the 2010 Discovery Sunglass Hut Surfski series, mastering the gale force winds and overcoming a strong field to clinch the title over a course shortened by the ferocious weather conditions.

Mocké had to call on every ounce of his strength, stamina and acquired skill to hold off his Fish Hoek clubmates Sean  Rice and Tom  Schilperoort
to win the appropriately named New Balance Fish Hoek Surf Challenge.

“Tom beat me fair-and-square last weekend at Langebaan and Sean had nailed me to the wall well-and-truly in Simonstown Bay on the Sunday before that, so I had to pull out all the stops to-day.

Just on 85 boats ventured out for the testing race, which started with a first ever mass-start in knee deep water, after the race backers New Balance and the race organisers agreed to make paddlers safety their top priority in the difficult conditions.

The race was shortened to five laps within the relatively protected area in the Fish Hoek bay, effectively reducing the race distance by two-thirds to five kilometres. The formant still required each paddler to strategise as they weaved their line through the a field of slower-moving back-markers, and ultimately to the finish-line on the beach directly in front of the lifesavers' clubhouse.

“That was most definitely the meanest race I've ever been in in my life” said a clearly strained Tom Schilperoort who looked as if he needed a glucose drip after the race as a result of what he referred to as a 'severe case of lactic-acid overload' in his body.

Nikki Mocké kept it in the family once again by completing a Mocké cleansweep by winning the women's title, finishing less than four minutes behind her husband, and just outside of the top ten overall, with Bianca Beavitt and Kim Brugmann claiming the other two podium places.

14 year old schoolgirl Kirsten Flanagan earned the respect of her fellow paddlers by winning the junior girls title, despite the intimidating weather conditions, while Dominique Notten held off Craig Flanagan and Kenny Rice to win the junior boys title.

Bruce Neill and Theo Van Dyk took the double ski title, while the mixed doubles title fell once again to the evergreen husband-and-wife crew of series organisers Billy and Tracey Harker.

Elite Men
1.Dawid Mockè 22:28
2.Shaun Rice 22:35
3.Tom Schilperoort 22:40
4.Graeme Solomon 23:04
5.Jasper Mockè 24:05

Elite Ladies
1.Nikki Mocke 26:40 (82% of Men's time)
2.Bianca Beavitt 30:14
3.Kim Brugman 31:56

Junior Men Singleski
1.Dominique Notten 26:04
Craig Flanagan 26:30
3.Kenny Rice 26:54

Junior Ladies Singleski
1.Kirstin Flanagan 38:28 (14 years old)
2.Anna Notten 39:57