Frenchman Olivier Feuilette again affirmed his title as ‘King of the Rush’ after winning the Hansa Waterfront Rush in Knysna for a fifth consecutive year. He beat local Martin Fraser McKenzie in the final knock-out round, with Marthinus Esmeyer taking third place.
Olivier also brought his kids, 15-year-old twins Emil and Jodie, who not only competed but made it to the final knock-out rounds.
“This Cape Town family is definitely a force to be reckoned with. The twins have obviously inherited their dad’s talents and we look forward to seeing them compete in the future,” said Race Director Mark Collins.
Sponsored by Hansa Pilsener and GoPro, the competition attracted 120 participants who took part in qualifying heats over two and half days. The top eight men and top four women participated in the final elimination rounds for a total prize money of R25 000. This year also saw a dedicated women’s event. In previous years women participated against the men but with a Gender-based Timing System (G-Bat) in place. Stellenbosch-based Angie Stanford beat Tanya Weyers in the final round.
Collins said the three-day event (15 – 17 December 2012) had been a great success, and was very well-attended. “Many may recall that this event was cancelled due to extreme weather during the Pick n Pay Oyster Festival in July. The sponsors decided to not risk competitors’ safety and rather postpone the event for a once-off summer show. It turned out to be a great idea as thousands of holidaymakers came to see some of the country’s best multi sportsmen in action.
“The competition gets stronger each year with the qualifying times in some cases only seconds apart. Few people realise just how fast these guys at the top are. While the qualifying time per round is 10 minutes, the top four men all completed their heats in under 4 minutes while the top three women qualified in under 6 minutes. This not only provides great spectator value but also bids well for multi sports in general. We are especially excited about several Southern Cape-based competitors who are showing real promise,” said Colins.
Set inside the harbour of the Knysna Waterfront, the competition features six extreme obstacles, including a brand new item. The favourites were all there: the Seal Launch Ramp, kayaking in Fluid Kayaks, the Hydro Broncs (inflatable ‘hamster wheels’), the Lilly Pad (slatted rope bridge on the water surface) and a climbing wall. A balance beam was an exciting new addition.
This was also the second year in which a spectator photographic competition was part of the fun. The GoPro Photographic Competition invited spectators to enter up to three photographs of the event, which they loaded onto the website www.worldofheroes.co.za Results for this competition will be announced on the website on Thursday 20 December 2012.