Sarah-Quita Offringa

Robben Island

On the 18th of January they organised the Robben Island Dash we would make a crossing to Robben Island and come back. This would be about 10-12km.

It was the end of my trip and I hadn’t been able to get around doing the #1 thing on my to do list, visit Robben Island. So this would be the coolest way to make that happen anyway! I managed to get some slalom kit together thanks to Mitch Wagner and his dad from Baysports. Lena Erdil was also the only girl there so we motivated each other to compete as well. The weather had been quite strange those days so also that day we ended up waiting until about 4 o’clock before we would all make the dash for Robben Island. I was quite excited as I ran towards the water and got on my board. I made through the shore break but afterwards was overpowered and out of control on my 7.0 I ended up catapulting 4 times.

It was really hard to go full speed but still control everything while on open water.

Then all of a sudden in front of me I see loads of sailors standing still. I thought if I would just pump I would make it.. but apparently there was a clear wind line. And about ¾ of the way we all dropped in the water as there wasn’t a single breath of air outside the wind line. I stopped near Lena and held on to her and another guy for dear life.

Of course it wasn’t as dramatic as it was in my imagination (Jaws them tune playing in my head… and seeing fins which just happened to be chop) and the view on Table Mountain, Big Bay and Robben Island was quite nice from there. But I was relieved when they picked us up after a 20-30 minute wait in the water. In the end we all made it back to shore safely and had another adventure under our belt.


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