Race #3 of the 2012/2013 PRIMI Naish Downind Dash Series was completed October 31st. Winds of 15-23knots, no swell, high tide and very smooth runs once again made for hard paddling and excellent down winding. Series leader Dylan Frick was possibly feeling the efforts from the Battle of the Bay race race on Saturday and was not his usual self. Dylan immediately got hooked off by a very aggressive race pace from the Italian “six-pack” Stallion; Pietro Muscas on his Glide 14’0″ Pietro had the two Bertish brothers Chris and Greg in tow and he stuck with them all the way to within 2km of the finish, when a concerted effort from Chris and Greg allowed them both to pass. This despite Pietro having built up a gap of 100m at one stage. Greg came from behind to pass Chris as well but a late charge from Chris saw him take line honors just seconds ahead of brother Greg, with Pietro in a safe 3rd. The Bertish brothers finished in 51 minutes, which is a mighty fine time for such little wind.
Another epic battle was going down in the Juniors between two Naish riders, Ethan Koopman and Kimon Dos Santos, both on their Glide 14’0″. Both15 years old, it was eventually Ethan who got in about 30 seconds ahead. Third place also goes to Naish – Calvin Ginsberg – also on a Glide 14’0″
In the overall standings, Chris and Dylan now switch places with Chris having a narrow lead going into the last 6 weeks of the Series. Greg Bertish is firmly in 3rd while Pietro cemented his place 4th in the overall standings. Ethan is holding onto the Juniors lead.
1. Chris Bertish 0:50:59 (Naish Glide 14’0″)
2. Greg Bertish 0:51:08
3. Pietro Muscas 0:51:49 (Naish Glide 14’0″)
4. Dylan Frick 0:53:39
5. Colin Heckroodt 0:53:48