Dischem have been involved in the Pete Marlin race since 2010, initially as a sub sponsor and co-sponsor, before taking on the role of main sponsor.  Dischem has supported a number of sporting events as part of it’s commitment and support of health and a healthy lifestyle, including the Ride for Site cycle race, Sun City Swim and the Dis-Chem half marathon. In line with this ethos, paddling was a natural fit and the Pete Marlin is a great race to be involved with.


From the first sponsorship in 2010, Dis-Chem has been a very enthusiastic supporter of the race, with sponsorship also including handing out goodie bags to participants. The Pete Marlin has grown immensely since Dis-Chem’s initial involvement and the enthusiasm of the participants along with the sheer quality of the event , make this an event we are proud to be associated with. Event director, Charl van Wyk, and his team are a joy to work with and have made it very easy to commit sponsorship to for the last 11 years.


VQS is a proud sponsor of the Pete Marlin Surfski Race. A full-service verification, accounting and advisory firm VQS has, under the auspices of Tony Balshaw, diversified into solution orientated services and markets; with particular focus on B-BBEE verification and advisory services as well as unique globally recognised family business specialised services. The extensive VQS portfolio also includes business advisory, accounting and tax services, estates and payroll services.

Seymour Properties

Seymour Properties is a property investment business that owns , manages and improves a large range of commercial and industrial property. They also operate in small niche markets such as storage units and luxury apartments for business and leisure travel in the Western Cape.


They started out in the Eastern Cape and are fast expanding in the Western Cape. All the properties they let out are owned by them.


They operate in the top end of the market and believe that quality properties equal quality tenants.


Russell Seymour , an avid paddler, is the founder and managing trustee and moves between East London and Cape Town managing the business. Seymour Properties have a long history of giving back to the communities they operate in.


Investec offers a distinctive service which is embodied in our entrepreneurial culture and spirit - balanced by a strong risk management discipline, client-centric approach and an ability to be agile, flexible and proactive.

We do not seek to be all things to all people. Rather, we aim to build well-defined, value-adding partnerships through our wealth management and private banking offerings”.


Fenn Kayaks - "built fast & made to last"

Fenn Kayaks is a family business started in East London in 1988 by Keith Fenn. Fenn Kayaks prides itself in top quality kayaks to cater for the paddler starting out to the podium placed men & ladies. Fenn Kayaks makes +- 1500 Surfskis per year reaching paddlers across the globe. Why we sponsor: to give back to the paddling community and also show our support to the organizer. It's Fenntastic to have a World class race at the home of Fenn

Funky Pants

Funky Pants was born within Surfski Paddling in 2002 when Tracy Harker joined Billy Harker in organising the national Discovery Men's Health Surfski Series.

The Funky Pants double lined paddling shorts were our 1st product and were developed over a period of 2 years and 35 Samples. We have been using the Ridiculously Comfy Final Sample Fit for the last 19 Years !

Funky Pants, Ridiculously Comfy since 2002.