Some say 2016 was not the best of years; we lost some great names – Lemmy, Prince, George Michael, David Bowie, Carrie Fischer, Muhammad Ali and Debbie Reynolds to name a few.
Donald Trump won the US elections beating Hilary Clinton in the US presidential race – the jury is still out on that one tho.
Then of course, there was ‘Brixit’ and the various public acts of violence by extremist….
However, 2016 had a brighter side…… It was also a leap year, wonder how many ladies actually popped the question?
On the SUP side of things the 2016 ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championship was held in Fiji during in November. Kai Lenny was there helping Hawaii to an overall 4th place and South Africa finished a credible 7th overall. Australia took top honors at the event.
Notable South African achievements include:
• Thomas King made it to the SUP Surfing finals.
• Dylan Frick placed in the top 10 in the SUP Technical Race for men.
• Tarryn King placed in the top 10 in the SUP Technical Race for women.
• Brandon Ribbink placed in the top 10 in the Prone Race for men.
• Candice Murray placed in the top 10 in the Prone Race for women.
• Anna Notten placed 4th in the Prone Distance Race.
The other big news on the WSL was of course that Jordy Smith finished 2nd in the world on the Championship Tour, the Championship was won by John-John Florence.
It was a big year for Cape Town SUP, my website and blog was launched in March and the stats show a continued upward trend in the number of people reading the blogs. Seems that the popularity of SUP as a sport is increasing by the day. The majority of traffic is coming in via social media with Cape Town SUP Twitter and Cape Town SUP Facebook leading the way.
Some notable Cape Town SUP events during the 1st 8 months of the blog:
• Meeting Ian from Zeal Surf, I was so impressed with the Zeal Surf Rocket that I bought one. You can read why here.
• I managed to chat to Gary Van Rooyen and Tyron Cooper from Xpression on the Beach & Coreban in Muizenberg and got some good info on SUP Paddles. Click here to read the article.
• During August i.e. Women’s Month, Cape Town SUP did a series of ‘Women who SUP’ blogs which proved to be extremely popular and showed that the ladies are making their mark in the SUP realm.
• I also had the privilege to meet up with Esther from Keep Fin Alive & Oceans Research. She tirelessly promotes and educates on Shark Conservation and continues to provide excellent information on subject and the people involved.
• The last but not least I discovered LockRacks. They literately changed my life in terms of transport SUP and Surf boards.
I had the opportunity to do some local travelling on a few occasions – mostly inland for some odd reason – and discovered that Travelstart – their interface allows you to book flights, hotels and cars all from the same place. A major time saver! Use them next time you travel.
As 2016 comes to an end I wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2017. May the wind always be at your back, the waves good and the SUP’ping awesome.