Father and son team Kurt and Taiki Lynn race to Kayak n Run victory at Deep Water Bay

Conditions were almost perfect for the challenging race with families starting off bright and early for the popular event

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 May, 2016, 7:59pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 May, 2016, 8:07pm

Father and son team Kurt and Taiki Lynn of Team Gatorade won the family category at the Royale International Kayak n Run held in cool conditions at Deep Water Bay on Saturday.

The Lynns started the 1.5km ocean kayak and 1.5km run bright and early and came back to the finish point ahead of other families.

The kayaking part was challenging, but I like it the most!
Taiki Lynn

“The kayaking part was challenging, but I like it the most!” said the younger Taiki. The father and son team just got back from holidays on Friday night and didn’t have much time for training, but it didn’t seem to matter in the end.

Kurt return later to team up with Ali Watts of Team Gatorade Juggernauts to grab top place in a blistering time of one hour, 33 minutes and 46 seconds. winning overall and the mixed category at same time. Uglow Asia (1:35:35) and the Invaders (1:36:05) came right behind.

“Taiki was fast. The kayaking was fast and he ran fast, all I could do was follow him,” said dad, Kurt of his earlier win in the family category. “Last year, we ran with a team the whole time. This year, we got a team following us, pushing us all the way down. It was fun and definitely challenging.”

Conditions were good for the event which was divided into two categories: adult and family.

Just 12 hours after Hong Kong’s first typhoon of the year had past, there were cool breezes and clear weather and almost ideal weather conditions with some bigger surfs around Middle Island. Competitors navigated their way down Deep Water Bay towards Ocean Park near the back of the Hong Kong Club and returned for a run along the Mills and Chung Path.

The top women’s team was British Imi Bond and Jo Eades, both Hong Kong residents for over 20 years, who finished in 1:51:43.