The Dolphin Coast Water Patrol at the J Bay Corona Classic

File_002
Steve Honeysett

The Dolphin Coast Water Patrol team DCWP was part of a big safety contingent for the WSL Corona Classic J Bay staged by the World Surfing League.
Safety for the competitors consists of five WSL certified jet ski operators, a 7meter support boat and a light fixed wing aircraft.
The DCWP was formed 9 years ago for the first Mr Price Pro, and this is the second year that they have covered the J Bay open.
They are sponsored by Yamaha South Africa’s Blue Crew Team, Toyota Ballito, Oakley, Ground Swell Surf shop and The Wet Zone.
WSL has a full medical team on site as well a doctor, ambulance and paramedics, physio and Chiropractor and a helicopter on standby if needed.
The budget for the Corona Classic J Bay is around R14 million.
There is a waiting period of 12 days for all WSL events to ensure they get the best waves.
We waited 3 days for the swell to lift and we got surf ranging from 3ft to 10ft for this year’s event.
With a boat incident and various the shark sightings, it was by far the most eventful WSL contest to date.

File_005File_004

The Team:
Damon Pneumaticatos – Coordinator.
Dylan Smith – Jet Ski
Martin Groenewald – Jet Ski
Brett Sankster – Jet Ski
Steve Honneysett – Jet Ski
Janis van Skulkwyk – Medic
Seaton Swart – Rescue Swimmer
Justin Sykes – Rescue Swimmer
Grayson Love – Shark Spotter aircraft

 

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

eighteen − 12 =