A big “WELL DONE” to the 160 swimmers in Event #7 of the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series 2018 on Sunday morning.  Completing 50 Dolphin Miles were Trevor du Plessis, Helen Lucre and Dawn Rode with Bevin Calvert and Aritha du Bruyn completing their 40th Miles.

Warmer temperatures, both in early morning air and in the water, contributed to good conditions for the swim.  The consistent north-easterly of later in the week had built a bit of a swell on the sea, creating a challenging entry and exit through the surf zone and providing a true surf swim experience for the participants. Swimmers dealt with a stiff northerly wash through the surf zone on their way out from the start to the turning mark at the red pyramid buoy 100m off the beach.  On their return, the incoming tide had set up a hurdle of a steep surf break on the outer bank.

A whistle at the beach start 150m south of MSLC had swimmers into the water, timing their swim through, and under, the sets of breakers.  Surf zone conditions appeared to suit the more seasoned surf swimmers and the school soon spread out through the broad zone of rolling swells.

A sharp left turn at the red buoy and the swimmers set off on the leg north to the first turning buoy off Addington Beach.  A right turn at this inner buoy, a short stretch to another right turn at the seaward buoy, and it was the long 650 metre leg of the course south to the buoys off uShaka Pier.  The swell presented its own challenge along this part of the course with some of the swimmers, reportedly, experiencing difficulty in identifying their route marker buoys.  Two right turns of the short turning leg off uShaka and it was a short swim north, looking for the pyramid buoy off the beach.

From early on in the swim, it was evident that the school had broken up into smaller “shoals” where swimmers were happy to have their own ability-group “battles” along the course.  Two swimmers broke away fairly early to lead the way around the course, only being separated through the surf zone.

First on the beach was Connor Botha, followed by Connor Buck. Next up the beach was.

Results were again quickly correlated and a brief prize giving was held in the Marine Clubhouse with proceedings completed by 9h00.

See table of results, with times, for Event #7 of the 2018 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series under the “Dates and Results” 

A brief summary table of event and age group category results for Sunday 22 July 2018 is as follows:


Category Male Female
First male/female Connor Botha Sasha Lee Nordengen
M/F 10 to 12 Kaylan Govender Madison Alberts
M/F 13 to 30 Connor Botha Sasha Lee Nordengen
M/F 31 to 40 Donn Stewart Carina Hambloch
M/F 41 to 50 David Hadenham Barbara Lavett
M/F 51 to 60 Graham du Toit Janine Serrurier
M/F 61 to 70 Gerhard van Rooijen Helen Lucre
M/F 71+ Jimmy 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 size of more recent groups 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 come forward, donating product and the like for presentation to participants in the form of lucky draw prizes, after each series event.

Results are 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 5h45 to 6h30 registration (start 7h00) for the next event of the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series on Sunday 12 August 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.

SEE YOU AT THE 5h45 to 6h30 REGISTRATION (START AT 7h00) ON *SUNDAY 12 August 2018 at


*SWIM DISTANCES: 800m (Half Mile) OR Mile (1.6 km) OR Double Mile (3.2 km)

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