Shark Spotters would like to say a big thank you to Sisterhood SA for their support and congratulate them on a very impressive achievement! Watch the video and check out the press release below to see their extraordinary adventure!
Press release Sisterhood Paddle 21 April 2013
As the sun rose on a perfect but chilly Sunday morning in Big Bay 13 girls and 2 guys prepared themselves for a SERIOUS challenge, a stand up paddle (SUP) from Big Bay to Robben Island and back.
Sisterhood SA (ordinary girls, doing extraordinary things) Stand Up Paddle boarded to Robben Island and back with only 7 weeks training under their belts and made it in one piece! We could not have wished for better conditions, it was a truly perfect day with perfect calm water, seals popping up to wish us well, cute little penguins swimming by and an awesome team helping us along the way.
They have been training with former National Paddle Board Champ, Greg Bertish of www.truebluetravel.co.za and Coreban SA to ensure they were ready to meet the challenge. Training 2 to 3 times a week in the waterfront canals and on the ocean, their goal of doing this Island crossing of almost 20 km’s in the open Atlantic became reality on Sunday.
Greg and Justin from Coreban accompanied the group and were assisted by 3 safety boats. “The weather on Sunday was 11 out of 10, and the ladies demonstrated focus, stamina and skill, with all 13 of them completing the challenge in just under 4 hours.” said Greg.
As always, the Sisterhood does mad, crazy challenges for fun but also to raise awareness and to support our community in a meaningful way. For this challenge we supported 2 organisations Shark Spotters (www.sharkspotters.org.za) and Development Though Sport (www.devthroughsport.co.za) with this challenge.
The group raised almost R20 000 from their paddle. This will mean much needed funds for the Sharkspotter Program, initially started by Greg Bertish in 2004, as well as for the Development Through Sport Organisation run by Juliette Ball, who was also one of the Sisters who completed the crossing.