The 145 intrepid Dolphin Milers, regulars and newcomers, were rewarded with very good surf swim conditions early on Sunday.

The significant rainfall of Saturday and the howling south-westerly wind of the early hours of the morning had disappeared, leaving sea conditions to be enjoyed by all wishing to end the 2018 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series on a most positive note.

As is often the case, the southern end of the Durban beachfront is sheltered from the sea conditions so typically following the adverse weather of the previous 24 hours.  The early morning light revealed a relatively flat sea with a small surf break on an outgoing tide.  The effect of a cool offshore breeze was offset by relatively warm water to welcome the swimmers.

The school of swimmers took to the water at the blast of the starter’s whistle from the beach start of the course directly in front of Marine Surf Lifesaving Club.  The small surf break presented very little challenge for the swimmers in the narrow surf zone as they aimed 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, with the offshore breeze in their faces, on the 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, an easy swim into the shallows, and the finishers were at the marshal’s pen on the beach.

The leading pack of swimmers set a quick pace as the school spread out along the course.  By the time that the slower swimmers had reached the start of the longest leg of the course, the leading group was at the other end of this stretch, ready to make their right turn on the short turning leg towards uShaka Pier.

Connor Botha registered his intent at a very early stage, soon opening up a good lead over a chasing pack of 4 swimmers.  He maintained this lead for much of the course and up to the finish on the beach.  Their exit from the water soon after Connor revealed those in the chasing group: Sasha-Lee Nordengen, a tri-suited Mitch Emanuel, Matt Pelser and Jared Bernon.

At the opening of the brief 2018 Series’ prize giving held in the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club, organizer Heather Campbell thanked all who had participated in, and supported, the 2018 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series.  Major supporter of the Series, in the provision of venue and support and safety crew, was Marine Surf Lifesaving Club.  Sponsors of events in the 2018 Series in the form of services and product, IT WORKS, FUNKY PANTS,TEGWEN AGENCIES, FINIS, MARINE & BEAN, I4 BEAUTY,  were mentioned in the vote of thanks, as were all the volunteer assistants.  A huge thanks go to BOBUMS MICROFIBRE TOWELS for providing the 6 Mile prizes at a special price.

594 individual swimmers took part in the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series of 9 events in 2018, an indication of the most promising and continued growth in the number of swimmers participating in open water sea swims.

Receiving recognition for their commitment and achievement were the 97 swimmers who participated in at least 6 of the 9 2018 Series’ events. Special mention was made of the 27 swimmers who participated in all 9 of the 2018 Series events.

The above swimmers qualified (participation in at least six 2018 Series events and not wearing wetsuits) for receipt of 2018 Series age group prizes, awards being made to the top three 2018 Series’ finishers in each age group.

A check of Dolphin Mile Surf Swim statistics shows that 20 swimmers have now notched at least 50 MILES since 2010.

Our “50 MILERS” are:

Paul Judkins (67), Barbara Lavett (64), Sandile Shange (63), Geoff Harrison, David Tennick (59), Siva Padayachee (57), John Barnes, Les Hadenham, Peta Harrison (56), Alan Gibb, Rocco Trollip,    Barker            Bryan, Peter Lavett     (54), John Love, Alexandra Torborg (53),Trevor du Plessis, Jimmy Hughes, Helen Lucre (52), Shenaaz Kazl (51), Dawn Rode (50).

Significant achievements all!

A brief summary table of event and age group category results for Event #9 on Sunday 9 September 2018 is as follows:


Category Male Female
First male/female Connor Botha SashaLee Nordengen
M/F 10 to 12 Luc Lepront Madison Alberts
M/F 13 to 30 Connor Botha SashaLee Nordengen
M/F 31 to 40 Sandile Shange Carina Hambloch
M/F 41 to 50 Shaun Dickson Barbara Lavett
M/F 51 to 60 Peter Lavett Janine Serrurier
M/F 61 to 70 Russell Upneck Helen Lucre
M/F 71 and over Jimmy Hughes Zoe Slade



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 SLC Clubhouse soon after 9h00, where participants are also able to enjoy the fare obtainable from the Club’s refreshment facility.

Marine SLC, 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’ swim caps (compulsory for all swimmers) are issued, at a nominal cost to participants, on registration for events.

 The final Dolphin Mile Surf Swim event for the year is the traditional Dolphin Mile Christmas Swim” on Sunday 9 December 2018, 5h45 to 6h30 registration at Marine SLSC for a 7h00 start.





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