PE2EL Surfski challenge

PE2EL surfski challenge

The PE2EL surfski challenge is one of the most grueling sporting events of its kind. With a total distance is 250 km over 4 days of open ocean surf-ski racing on the beautiful sunshine coast of South Africa.

It has been said that each of the four days could rank as one of the best surfski races in its own right, combine all four of these days to get this truly incredible and challenging endurance event.

Race route

Day 1

If no head wind in excess of 14 knots: Start no earlier than 04h00 and no later than 09h00. The Route may, at the discretion of the race committee, be from Blue Water Bay Beach, past a check off point manned by a boat off Sundays River Mouth and then on to the beach at Woody Cape. Depending on weather conditions (and predictions) however the race organisers may, at their discretion allow paddlers, after passing on the Western (inside) side of St Croix Island, to head across the bay towards Woody Cape. This decision will be made having regard to safety considerations. If a headwind is forecast of in excess of 14 knots but only due to reach that strength later in the day, the route may be from Blue Water Bay Beach to Sundays check off point boat and back to Blue Water Bay. If the wind is already in excess of 14 knots at 05h00 then the day may be cancelled or the organisers may make use of the “spare” day.

Day 2

If no head wind in excess of 14 knots: Start no earlier than 04h00 and no later than 09h00. The Route may, at the discretion of the race committee be from Woody Cape Beach, past a check at Kenton on Sea River Mouth and then on to the beach at Port Alfred West Beach. If a headwind is forecast of in excess of 14 knots but only due to reach that strength later in the day, the route may be from Woody Cape Beach, to the check at Kenton on Sea River Mouth and back to Woody Cape Beach. If the wind is already in excess of 14 knots at 05h00 then the day may either be cancelled or turned to start at Port Alfred and finish at Woody Cape – still with Kenton on Sea check off point. Alternatively the organisers may make use of the “spare” day, by delaying “day 2” by a day.

Day 3

If no head wind in excess of 14 knots: Start no earlier than 04h00 and no later than 09h00. The Route may, at the discretion of the race committee be from Port Alfred West Beach (or East Beach, at the discretion of the race director), past a check at Fish River Mouth and then on to the beach at Hamburg Beach. If a headwind is forecast of in excess of 14 knots but only due to reach that strength later in the day, the route may be from Port Alfred West Beach (or East Beach , at the discretion of the race director), to the check at Fish River Mouth and back to Port Alfred West Beach. If the wind is already in excess of 14 knots at 05h00 then the day may either be cancelled or turned to start at Hamburg and finish at Port Alfred – still with Fish River Mouth check off point. Alternatively the organisers may make use of the “spare” day, by delaying “day 3” by a day.

Day 4

If no head wind in excess of 14 knots: Start no earlier than 04h00 and no later than 09h00. The Route may, at the discretion of the race committee be from Hamburg Beach, past a check at Kidd’s Beach and then on to the beach at East London’s Orient Beach. If a headwind is forecast of in excess of 14 knots but only due to reach that strength later in the day, the route may be from Orient, East London, to the checkpoint off Kidd’s Beach, and back to East London Orient Beach. If the wind is already in excess of 14 knots at 05h00 then the day may either be cancelled or turned to start at East London’s Nahoon Beach and finish at Hamburg. Alternatively the organisers may make use of the “spare” day, by delaying “day 4” by a day.

NOTE: The race committee reserves the right to change the course for any given day, or to change starting times, or to cancel or delay at its discretion a part or the whole of any day’s paddle in the interests of safety and make use of certain rivers should multiple days of bad weather be experienced over the allocated race days.

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Suggested accommodation

Accommodation suggestions:

PE = BLUE WATER BAY  – any B&B in this area , just Google – try find a place near to the beach

  • Book now as it does fill up for December
  • Try Blue Water Bay Guest house 041 4661285
  • Let them know you doing the race

WOODY CAPE – if you up for camping this will be perfect and you can be on site

  • A lot of the paddlers camp
  • info@woodycape.co.za
  • Let them know you doing the race
  • There are B&B further down the coast at BOKNES but it’s a travel

Port Alfred – is a challenge as it’s the same weekend as the rowing

  • Try all the B&Bs
  • There is also camping at the high school grounds that we have secured if you get nothing

HAMBURG

  • There are B&B available – call ALAN BOOTH  043 7482808 he will assist
  • Or also camping  – call Barry 0847992724

EAST LONDON

  • Google B&B in Nahoon / Nahoon Mouth/Stirling / Bunkers hill areas these are close  to the finish

Training Schedule

The idea of training for this challenge is to try and simulate what it will be like as much as possible.

If you have never done the challenge before that could be difficult to know what to do.

 

The basic idea of this programme is to get you ready to finish it comfortably. Based on your fitness guarantees can’t be made with regards to conditions etc. try and start this programme at least 3 months out, preferably more if you can. This is just the basics, obviously you can add more if you feel this isn’t enough but make sure that you are recovering properly

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
AmRest8-10 x 1000m @ 80% with 2.5 min restRest10 – 15 km steady paddle 50-60%10-20 1 min intervals with a 2 min rest15-20 km 50%Long paddle
pmrest5 km runTime trialrest5 km runrestrest

 

Feel free to swop the morning sessions for evenings if that is when you have time to paddle.

During the rest periods keep paddling slowly when doing intervals.

The long paddles get progressively longer each week until you reach 50 km mark

Every third week tone back your sessions a little to allow for extra recovery time.

Try to get into the sea as often as possible, especially for the long paddles.

Enjoy the build up part, the joy of the challenge is building towards it, get a group together and make it more social