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Who will be crowned King of the Beach?

False Bay Surf Lifesaving Club King of the Beach LogoThe much anticipated King of the Beach Series and Workshop started off with a bang on the 15th of August as FBSLC hosted the first leg of the series at Muizenberg beach. Athletes from all across the Cape were welcomed by double World Title holder, Ryle De Morny, as he explained how the series would operate and what he hoped the athletes would take away from the event as it was the first of its kind to be hosted in the country.

The series is to be held over four legs at different host beaches, with each leg consisting of beach flags, sprints, long run and a surf dash, with an optional beach relay if possible. With all of his international experience, having competed at four World Rescue Championships representing South Africa, Ryle aimed to bring the focus and approach to a new pre-season competition that the international lifesaving community have regarding beach events at top level.

Apart from getting the top competitive athletes together more frequently to improve their fitness and skill sets, Ryle hopes to impart some of the wealth of knowledge that he has learnt over the years, especially to the up and coming junior athletes.

LWP officials were kind enough to volunteer their services to ensure a fair and safe event was held.

Lifesaving Western Province Chief Competition Officer sharing officials knowledge and insider tips. We thank the LWP officials and judges for their assistance!

 

The first leg of the series saw a fantastic turnout despite some unpleasant, chilly weather conditions! Regardless, the athletes were all raring to go and ready to learn any new tips they could get. Lane draws were setup prior to the event starting via randomised selection so that athletes could prepare for their competition.

The series saw the return of a few big names who haven’t been on the lifesaving scene for a while with former National Title holder, Aimee Faulmann, making an appearance.

There were also a number of debutants competing who were simply there to hone their skills and take in as much advice as they could. After welcoming and explaining the format of the competition to the athletes, they were addressed by the officials who would be overseeing all events for the day before being taken for an extensive warm-up by Ryle himself.

Ryle giving the athletes a rundown of how the day would proceed before taking them through a thorough warm-up!

Ryle giving the athletes the competition pre-brief before taking them through the competition warmup to adopt for all competitions: lots of dynamic stretching and muscle activation techniques.

There was some stiff competition in the junior boys division, with results for the most part being completely split. The flags title went to Daniel Sprenger (LLAN), with Leo Hicks (LLAN) taking both the beach sprints and long run and finally Fawaaz Johnson (FB) claiming the surf dash. The junior girls unfortunately had fewer numbers present and as a result Bia van Heerden (CLIF) showed her dominance by claiming gold in all four of the events. The open ladies also provided some entertaining rivalries as some old horses challenged the new young guns. The return of Aimee Faulmann (FB) saw her claim a stunning victory in the flags, while Melissa Corbett (FB) came back in full force to take the beach sprints title and finished off in style by taking first in the surf dash. Christina Geromont (LLAN) also gave some strong performances throughout the day before claiming first in the long run. But the day’s most exciting competition came from the open men who turned up in numbers and showed off some cracker performances! Carlton Baron (FB) once again proved his worth with some stellar displays on the beach, taking both beach sprints and flags. His brother, Cameron Baron (FB), showed he had the stamina and claimed first in the long run before Tayan Britz (LLAN) went on to finish in style by powering through to take the surf dash.

The junior event winners with their medals. From right, Daniel Sprenger (LLAN), Leo Hicks (LLAN), Fawaaz Johnson (FB) and Bia van Heerden (CLIF).

The Junior event winners with their medals. From right, Daniel Sprenger (LLAN), Leo Hicks (LLAN), Fawaaz Johnson (FB) and Bia van Heerden (CLIF).

At the end of the day, overall winners and runners up for each division were announced and handed the leaders skull caps to be worn at the next leg of the series. A lovely reminder of their great performances at the previous leg and also a target on their back for all of their fellow competitors! Bia van Heerden (CLIF) was named the undisputed leader of the junior girls, with Nadiya Mahomed (FB) the runner up.

In the junior boys division, Johannes Henkel (CLIF) was crowned leader of the first leg after some consistent placings in all four events, while Leo Hicks (LLAN) was named runner up following some great results. Open ladies saw a dominant performance from Melissa Corbett (FB) to put her in the driving seat going into the second leg, while Christina Geromont (LLAN) was named runner up following some great results for her.

Open Men was the most tightly contested for leader and runner up with only a single point splitting the Baron brothers’ positions!

Cameron Baron (FB) was awarded the leaders skull cap showing his experience, while Carlton Baron (FB) took second place overall after some powerful performances.

The junior series leaders in their leaders skull caps for the next leg! Johannes Henkel top left (CLIF), Leo Hicks top righ (LLAN), Bia van Heerden bottom left (CLIF) and Nadiya Mohamed bottom right (FB).

The Junior series leaders in their leaders skull caps for the next leg! Johannes Henkel top left (CLIF), Leo Hicks top righ (LLAN), Bia van Heerden bottom left (CLIF) and Nadiya Mohamed bottom right (FB).

 

Some great performances saw the senior series leaders established and they were awarded their leaders skull caps. From left to right, Cameron Baron (FB), Carlton Baron (FB), Christina Geromont (LLAN) and Melissa Corbett (FB).

Some great performances saw the Senior series leaders established and they were awarded their leaders skull caps. From left to right, Cameron Baron (FB), Carlton Baron (FB), Christina Geromont (LLAN) and Melissa Corbett (FB).

Following a tremendously successful first outing for the King of the Beach Series and Workshop, we would just like to thank everyone who contributed to the day. A massive thank you goes out to the officials who gave up their time to come and assist, as well as the parents and club members who helped with all of the setting up for the day. We are extremely excited for what the second leg of the series holds! We hope to see bigger and better performances, more athletes and hopefully more pleasant weather!

This event could not have happened without all the support and planning from FBSLC parents and members and the backing of LWP.

This event could not have happened without all the support and planning from FBSLC and the backing of LWP.

We look forward to seeing as many competitors and supporters at the King of the Beach Series and Workshop #2 held at Clifton Surf Lifesaving Club on the 12th of September! Anyone interested in still getting involved, please email beachseries.fbslc@gmail.com contact Ryle De Morny for any queries on 0836407310.

Lastly, a massive thank you to all those who have contributed to getting the series up and running! To all the clubs of Western Province, your co-operation has been greatly appreciated in assisting in building the success of an event of this kind. To our incredible sponsors, we have an immense amount of appreciation for your investment into lifesaving as a sport and we hope to continue building avenues for the growth and progress of lifesaving along with your support!

 

A huge thank you goes out to Evolv Concepts, Rockets Compression Sportwear, BMC Crossfit and Pure Fusion Sports Nutrition!

A huge thank you goes out to Evolv Concepts, Rockets Compression Sportwear, BMC Crossfit and Pure Fusion Sports Nutrition!

 

Full results can be seen below.

Junior Females Points 15 Aug

Junior Males Points 15 Aug Final

Senior Females Points 15 Aug

Senior Males Points 15 Aug

WP bring back the title!

Inter-provincials 2014 were hosted at Strand beach on the 19th of March and saw Western Cape competing against the likes of Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape with both junior and senior teams in action.

The WP team competing at inter-provincials.

The WP team competing at inter-provincials.

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The Western Cape team had two of False Bay’s very own with Ryle De Morny in the senior men’s team and Lindi Le Brasseur in the junior women’s team.

 

The day started out with some water events and showed immediately that it was going to be a tight race all round as only two individuals from each province were allowed to compete in each event, with only the top athletes competing.

First event of the day saw the ladies taking to the water.

First event of the day saw the ladies taking to the water.

 

Moving to the beach arena, we saw Ryle once again assert his dominance taking both the sprints and flags titles for the senior men.

Ryle and his WP teammate, Raphael Jeftha, leading the way in flags.

Ryle and his WP teammate, Raphael Jeftha, leading the way in flags.

 

Lindi then placed a close second in the junior women’s sprint race, where WP had a good showing.

Lindi's strong performance in the junior ladies sprints.

Lindi’s strong performance in the junior ladies sprints.

 

Both members were a part of the junior and senior mixed beach relay teams that took the title in their respective races.

Lindi flying through her leg of the beach relay!

Lindi flying through her leg of the beach relay!

Ryle cruising home in the final leg of the senior beach relay.

Ryle cruising home in the final leg of the senior beach relay.

 

At the end of the day, the Western Cape juniors tied for first place with the KZN juniors and the seniors scraped a win by a few points, meaning the Western Cape were able to clinch the overall inter-provincial title!

The victorious WP team!

The victorious WP team!

 

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False Bay Brings Back the Medals From WP Champs!

The Western Province Surf Lifesaving Championships were recently hosted at Strand Beach on the 1st and 2nd of March 2014 and turned out to be an extremely successful outing for the False Bay lifeguards. Not only was the team able to assert their dominance in the beach arena yet again, but for the first time in years, False Bay walked away with a few medals in the surf arena.

 

The day started off on a high note with one of the first events, senior flags, providing some outstanding results for the team. As expected, Ryle De Morney walked away with the title in the men’s final, while the women’s final saw three False Bay ladies represented, with two ladies ending up on the podium.

Ryle in action at Western Province Champs!

Ryle in action at Western Province Champs!

Outstandingly Lindi Le Brasseur taking the silver and Tayla Faulmann taking the gold.

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Lindi and Tayla both producing fine performances in the senior ladies flags.

There were some more impressive results with the juniors making finals and individually, Inge van Dieman, taking silver in the u19 age group.

Inge proving what she's worth in the u19 ladies flags final.

Inge proving what she’s worth in the u19 ladies flags final.

 

That was just the start of the damage that was to be done on the beach, as the beach sprints came along, so did some more medals. Lindi and Inge again medalled, taking the gold and bronze respectfully in the u19 age group, while  Ryle again took gold in the senior men race.

Lindi powering home to a gold in the u19 ladies sprints.

Lindi powering home to a gold in the u19 ladies sprints.

Inge claiming another medal in the u19 ladies sprints.

Inge claiming another medal in the u19 ladies sprints.

Ryle cruising to another victory in the senior men sprints.

Ryle cruising to another victory in the senior men’s sprints.

Rubin Mohammed, Tayla Faulmann and Melissa Corbett also made finals in their respective age groups. False Bay once again leaving other lifesaving teams in awe of our beachwork.

 

False Bay were doing what they do best and bringing in the medals on the beach, but what took everyone by surprise was the silver medal that the senior men’s and the bronze medal that the senior women’s tube rescue teams won. Taariq Hassiem and Kishan Kalan put in a stellar performance with Taariq racing to the bouy in second position and Kishan following through to save him.

Kishan ready for his stellar swim!

Kishan ready for his stellar swim!

Taariq's flying start.

Taariq’s flying start.

The team fought off some very tight competition to clinch the silver with Ryle De Morney and Chevan Clarke finishing off with the patient drag.

 

The women’s team also had to dig deep with Tayla Faulmann and Tiffany Combrinck pushing till the very end to secure their third place finish with Melissa Corbett and Lindi Le Brasseur winning the drag sprint to the finish line.

The senior ladies tube rescue team ready for action!

The senior ladies tube rescue team ready for action!

 

To top off this impressive display in the surf, our new recruit at her debut competition, Tiffany Combrinck, pulled off an incredible performance to finish in a very close second place in the u19 ladies surf swim to show true potential and made her mark that she is definitely someone to watch for the future in lifesaving!

Tiffany taking everyone by surprise in her first ever swim.

Tiffany taking everyone by surprise in her first ever swim.

 

Heading back to the beach arena on the last day saw Rubin Mohammed claim his sure-bet gold medal  in the u17 men’s beach run with a confident performance.

Rubin showing his presence in the u17 boys long run.

Rubin showing his presence in the u17 boys long run.

The weekend ended with even more action on the beach as the beach relays lined up for the final event. False Bay walked away with three podium finishes in the four races with junior ladies team (Le Brasseur, van Diemen, Mohammed, Combrinck)  and both senior women (van Dieman, Faulmann, Corbett, Le Brasseur) and men’s (Hassiem, Clarke, Mohammed, De Morny) teams taking silver. The team finished off the weekend with great results with the junior team placing 7th and the senior team placing 3rd overall! The championships proved to be a great learning experience and contributed invaluable preparation for the upcoming National Championships!

 

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