Star-studded Dolphin Coast Challenge on the cards

Star-studded Dolphin Coast Challenge on the cards

With an entry list that is oozing with talent and growing daily, the 2021 Petrefuel Dolphin Coast Challenge from 14 to 15 August is set to be a showcase for the unique appeal of surfski paddling off the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.

Given KZN’s depth of surfski talent and the event doubling up as the KZN single ski championships, the field will be stacked with the who’s-who of ocean racing in the province with a number of paddlers hoping to pip surfski legend Hank McGregor to the provincial honours.

The event incorporates the stretch of ocean between the Pirates Surf Lifesaving Club on Durban’s North Beach and Umdloti Beach 22km away on the opening stage and then a further 23km between Umdloti and Salt Rock on the Sunday.

Staying true to its reputation as a world-class downwind event, the race course on each day will determined by the prevailing wind and swell conditions on each of the race days.

McGregor, who won the last edition of the race in 2019, has put in his entry as he looks to dominate the waters that lie in front of his North Coast home while a number of the region’s finest will be on the start line fighting it out for the overall honours and the places on the podium in their age categories.

With KZN’s women’s surfski paddling arguably the most competitive in the country it’s expected that a field laced with current and former world champions will line up for the showdown.

Young Saskia Hockly, who recently won her junior age-group title at the ICF Ocean Racing World Championships in Lanzerote, has added her name to the field along with her younger sister Valmajean.

With the entry list filling up, the first hundred entries will receive a race T-shirt and a duffle bag while the next fifty entries will get the race T-shirt.