The changeable weather conditions of the previous few days, with Friday’s strong south-westerly wind in the mix, contributed to unsettled surf conditions of Sunday.  It was clearly evident to those gathering at registration in the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club, for either the Mile (1.6 Km), Double Mile (3.2 km) or 800m swim events, that surf conditions would prove to be most challenging for all entrants…rolling swells behind a strong northerly wash in a wide wave zone on an outgoing tide.

The Safety Officer, well prepared for the prevailing swim conditions, ensured that the safety crew was well briefed, equipped and positioned to assist swimmers where necessary.  Many swimmers, on completion of their swim, were heard to voice their appreciation for the manner in which the crew performed their duties on the day, providing reassuring presence and encouragement around the course.

Congratulations to all swimmers who left the beach at the start of Event 8, the penultimate event of the 2018 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series.  The 127 finishers of the respective events should feel most satisfied with their significant achievement.

Completion of their swims on Sunday saw a number of regular Dolphin Milers receive tokens acknowledging their achievements to date.  Jimmy Hughes and Shenaaz Kazl joined the small group of regular Dolphin Milers with 50 Dolphin Mile Series miles to their credit.

The starter’s whistle had all the swimmers into the water from the beach about 200m south of Marine Surf Lifesaving Club.  The 100m swim through the strong side wash and wide zone of breaking waves had to be negotiated before the red pyramid turning buoy was reached. This tough short stretch soon had the school of swimmers well spread.

A right turn at the red pyramid buoy and the swimmers stretched out south to the inner turning buoy off uShaka Pier.  50m out to sea and it was a further left turn at the outer buoy.  At this point the 800m swimmers turned for the pyramid buoy before heading for the beach, while the Milers and Double Milers set off through the rolling swell, on the 650m leg of the course, for the turning buoys off Addington Beach.  Two left turns at these buoys and the swimmers set course for the pyramid buoy.  At the red buoy, the mile entrants turned right for the beach while the Double Milers began their second lap of the course.  On reaching the red buoy at the end of their second lap, the Double Milers also turned for the beach, their turn to make their way through wash and breakers to the beach.

First out of the water in the Dolphin Mile event was Taine Buys followed by Jason Cooke and Xavier Beukes.   First female finisher was Carina Hambloch.

In the Double Mile event, first onto the beach after a very strong swim was Sascha-Lee Nordengen followed by Bevan Manson.

See table of results, with times, for Event #8 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 Event #8 on Sunday 12 August 2018 is as follows:


DOLPHIN MILE (1600m) non-wetsuit
Category Male Female
First male/female Taine Buys Carina Hambloch
M/F 10 to 12 Dhilan Govender Tasnim Nabbie
M/F 13 to 30 Taine Buys Nicola Keyser
M/F 31 to 40 Jason Cooke Carina Hambloch
M/F 41 to 50 Adrian Goate Ronel Wallis
M/F 51 to 60 Graham du Toit Linda Phipson
M/F 61 to 70 Russell Upneck Helen Lucre
M/F 71 and over Michael Burton


Two Mile Swim (3.2 km) non-wetsuit
Category Male Female
First finisher Bevan Manson Sasha-Lee Nordengen


800 metres non-wetsuit
Category Male Female
First finisher Benjamin Horner Sarah Forfar


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 FINAL event of the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series on Sunday 9 September 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.



*SWIM DISTANCE: Mile (1,6 km)

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