The howling south-westerly wind of the previous 36 hours, with the accompanying significant drop in air temperature, certainly kept everyone guessing until the early hours of Sunday morning.

Locals, familiar with this type of weather pattern, were quietly confident that sea conditions would be good for Event #7 of the 2019 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series.

And they, along with some 152 swimmers gathered at event registration, were not disappointed!

Although the chilly morning air made its presence known to all, the rising sun revealed great surf swim conditions…..a flat sea with a small shore break on an incoming tide.  On offer was a sea swim of a Mile (1.6 Km), Double Mile (3.2 km) or an 800 metre swim.

Continuing to add international flavour experienced at recent Dolphin Mile events were Jasmine and Jade Hartley, visiting from the UAE.  From much closer to home; the Pietermaritzburg contingent again travelled in good number to support the Dolphin Mile events.

Congratulations to Barbara Lavett and SandileShange on completion of their respective 70th Dolphin Miles.  An outstanding achievement.  Also notching “milestone” swims were: Charles Phillips and Gerhard van Rooijen (40), Trevin Reddhi, Michele Hartslief and Grant Webber (30) and Jared Bernon (20).

The whistle had all the swimmers into the water from the beach about 200m south of Marine Surf Lifesaving Club.  On the now-familiar course for regular Dolphin Mile Series participants, the swimmers were soon spread out before their first left turn of the course at the red pyramid buoy 100m from the beach.

After a left turn at the pyramid buoy, the swimmers stretched out northto the inner turning buoy off Addington Beach.  50m out to sea and it was a further rightturn south at the outer buoy and on to the 650m leg of the course, heading for the turning buoys off uShaka Pier.  Two rightturns at theuShakabuoys and the swimmers set course north for the pyramid buoy.  At the red buoy, the Mile entrants turned left for the beach while the Double Milers began their slightly-lengthened 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 to make their way through thesurf zone to the beach.

The 800m course took entrants from the start to a blue turning buoy 100m off the beach.  A right turn at the blue buoy and the swimmers set off south to round the two uShaka buoys with two left turns to follow a course north back to the red pyramid buoy off the beach.  A 100m swim through the surf and they were through the finish area.

First out of the water in the Dolphin Mile (1.6 km) event was Kyle Hultzer in 21m23 followed first female finisher Mykae Forrest in 21m56.

In the Dolphin Double Mile (3.2 km), first onto the beach after a very strong swim was Connor Buck in 35m10. First female was Barbara Lavett in 44m34.

In the 800 metre swim, first to finish was Kai Forrest in 13m07.

See table of results, with times, for Event #7 of the 2019 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series under the “Dates and Results” tab on this website.

A brief summary table of event and age group category results for Event #7 on Sunday 21 July 2019 is as follows:


Dolphin Mile (1.6 km)
Category Male Female
First finisher Kyle Hultzer Mykae Forrest
M/F 10 to 12 Connor Porter Madison Alberts
M/F 13 to 30 Kyle Hultzer Mykae Forrest
M/F 31 to 40 Brett Ireland Carina Hambloch
M/F 41 to 50 Stefan vd Westhuizen Michele Cameron
M/F 51 to 60 Paul Judkins Linda Phipson
M/F 61 to 70 Rocco Trollip Jenny Ireland
M/F 71 and over    


Dolphin Double Mile Swim (3.2 km)
Category Male Female
First finisher Connor Buck Barbara Lavett


800 metres
Category Male Female
First finisher Kai Forrest Pamela Chatterton


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.

Results are quickly correlated and a brief gathering for announcements and a “lucky draw” 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 host all events of the 2019 Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series. A word of thanks, on behalf of the Dolphin Mile participants and organizers, go to the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club members for inviting the Dolphin Mile Surf Swim participants to use 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 next Dolphin Mile Surf Swim Series event is on Sunday 4August 2019, 5h45 to 6h30 registration at Marine SLSC for a 7h00 start.






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