What a way to begin the 2018 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series!

Near-perfect surf swim conditions…very little wind, small surf break on an outgoing tide and a flat sea.

Certainly a most welcoming sight to the 189 entrants gathering for registration in the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club, keen to begin their 2018 Dolphin Mile Series.  Excitement ran high amongst Dolphin Mile “first timers”, all looking forward to registering a surf swim in their list of achievements and life experiences.

The school of swimmers took to the water at the starter’s whistle from the beach start of the course directly in front of Marine Surf Lifesaving Club.  An easy entry through the shallows into the surf and the swimmers were stretching out for the red pyramid buoy 100m off the beach.

A left turn north at the buoy and the swimmers spread out towards the buoys marking the short turning leg of the course off Addington Beach.  Two right turns and the swimmers were headed south on the longest (650m) stretch of the course to the turning leg buoys off uShaka Pier.  A further two right turns had the school heading back to the pyramid buoy off the beach.  A left turn, a swim through the small surf break and the finishers were at the marshal’s pen on the beach.

The lead swimmers were soon into their strokes at a good pace which saw the school stretch out along the length of the course. Swimmers spread out with a few ability- and pace-groups forming along the course as the swim progressed, choosing to set their own pace to enjoy the 1600 metre swim.  By the time that the leaders were on the final stretch from uShaka Pier to the red pyramid buoy, clear gaps had opened between each of the top four swimmers and the first of the chasing groups.

First out of the water was Connor Botha, followed by Sasha-Lee Nordengen (fresh from her fine achievements at the SA Lifesaving Champs), and Tatum Botha.

A brief summary table of event and age group category results for Event #1 on Sunday 15 April 2018 is as follows:

Category Male Female
First male/female Connor Botha Sasha-Lee Nordengen
M/F 10 to 12 Dhilan Govender Cara Ralfe
M/F 13 to 30 Connor Botha Sasha-Lee Nordenger
M/F 31 to 40 Garry Truyens Carina Hambloch
M/F 41 to 50 Johan Terblanche Barbara Bowley
M/F 51 to 60 Michiel Kemper Janine Serrurier
M/F 61 to 70 Steve Evans Helen Lucre
M/F 71 and over Jimmy Hughes Diane Hughes



The start of a Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series event follows registration in the impressive Marine Surf Lifesaving Club clubhouse facility between Addington and uShaka Beaches.  The course is set, marshaled and patrolled by members of the Marine SLSC safety team with a crew in an inflatable, and others on surfskis and Malibu boards under the watchful eye of the MSLC crew and Safety Officer, Mike Raubenheimer, and event organizer, Heather Campbell.  The course start and finish positions are adjusted for each of the Dolphin Mile events, according to prevailing surf conditions and in the best interests of the participating swimmers’ safety.

The sizes of the recent fields of entrants, both male and female from age ten through to seventy-plus years, indicates the growing appeal of the challenge of this event to all levels of participating swimmer. With the organizer’s emphasis on the promotion of participation, with a small measure of recognition for elite performance, the success of this nationally unique and self-sustaining series can be attributed to the support of the local swimming fraternity.  Also most supportive of the series are those who have come forward, donating product and the like for presentation to participants, in the form of lucky draw prizes, after each series event.

Results are always quickly correlated and a brief prize giving is held in the Marine Clubhouse soon after 9h00, where participants are also able to enjoy the fare obtainable from the Club’s refreshment facility.

Marine SLC has, once again, agreed to host all events of the 2018 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series.  A word of thanks, on behalf of the Dolphin Mile participants and organizers, must go to the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club members for inviting the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim participants to make use of their wonderful facility for these surf swim events.

Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series 2018 T-shirts will be on sale at the 6h00 to 6h45 registration (start 7h00) for the next event of the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series on Sunday 22 April at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club.  Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series swim caps (compulsory for all swimmers) will also be issued, at a nominal cost to participants, on registration for the event.



Please pre-enter wherever possible.  This can either be done through ROAG, email or sms/whats app Heather on 0823207083

*SWIM DISTANCES: Half Mile (800 metres) and Mile (1600 metres)

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