Nelson Mandela Bay’s Weekend Post Ocean Racing Series lived up to its billing of being the largest family lifestyle beach event in Africa when thousands of people turned up at Hobie Beach to witness the start of Season 6.

Just under 500 participants from all walks of life took part in round 1 of this family Series on Sunday morning.

The most popular event on the morning was the Dis-Chem 1km Ocean Swim with close on 200 swimmers taking part. Defending 1km champions, Chris van de Sande and Carmel Billson, continued where they left off last Season with resounding wins in the one lap swim.

Cheryl Gibson Dicks from the Kouga Swim Club had a good swim in the 1 km. “It was a tough swim as there was some east wind chop that made breathing difficult”, said Cheryl. “I am happy with my time and placing in the swim and will be moving up to the 3 km swim later in the season.

The start of the 3 k swim at Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth.

In the Dis-Chem 3km Ocean Swim, it was Michael Marais (winner of the 10 km at Marina Martinique last weekend) who crossed the line first, just ahead of ladies champion Jessica Roux who finished in 2nd place overall.

The introduction of competitive stand up paddle surfing in the Varsity College Ocean Paddle discipline created a great interest on the beach with Richard von Wildemann winning round 1 whilst 16 year old Jordan Zeelie powered to victory in the 5km Ocean Paddle race.

Local swimmers are hard at training in preparation for the Steers Marina Mile which takes place on 22 and 23 December. For the first time ever, a 25 km swim will be added to the event.

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