Canoeing South Africa
3 Nov 2016
Written by: Nick Tatham
Stellar field ready to fight for SA Surfski Champs honours
East London – Buffalo City will be the centre of the South African surfski
community this weekend when the famous Pete Marlin Surfski Race hosts the
2016 South African Surfski Championships on 6 and 7 November and with
national titles on the line, the who’s who of ocean paddling will be on
The 2015 national title challenge was an all-Mocké affair as older brother
Dawid claimed the singles title, younger brother Jasper successfully paired
up with Hank McGregor in the doubles duel and Dawid’s wife, Nikki was the
ladies winner twice over with victory in the singles and doubles alike.
Defending champion Dawid Mocké is however going to have to be on top of his
game again in 2016 if he is to clinch back-to-back national crowns as a
world class chase pack looks to dethrone the veteran ace.
Mocké will have his work cut out for him in the singles race on Saturday
with the likes of his brother, Jasper and Marathon World Champ Hank McGregor
both likely to be breathing down his neck throughout the 23km contest.
“The Pete Marlin is a race that I am very familiar with and have won it a
few times in the past, so I am looking forward to the races this weekend,”
the Mocké Paddling star Dawid Mocké said.
“I really enjoy the race and I am looking forward to a seriously competitive
race this weekend, especially as there are a couple of guys who are also
looking to get valuable World Surfski Series points.”
Euro Steel/Epic Kayaks’ McGregor has uncharacteristically battled at the
national ocean showdown in recent years having been unable to win the
singles category at the past two South African championships that he has
taken part in.
McGregor has dominated the KwaZulu-Natal surfski scene for a number of years
but curiously has been unable to replicate that form on the national stage
McGregor has won the past two national doubles titles with Euro Steel/Mocké
Paddling ace Jasper Mocké, but is still looking for that elusive singles
With his calibre and the impressive year that he has had in 2016, McGregor
will however undoubtedly be one of the paddlers pushing hard at the front of
the field this weekend.
“Hank has been in great form in the World Surfski Series this year and
hasn’t lost a race that he has paddled in this season so he is going to be a
really fierce competitor as always while Jasper is always hungry to win, so
it is going to be a really interesting race,” Dawid Mocké added.
The likes of Think Kayaks/Varsity College’s Kenny Rice, Epic Kayaks’ Matt
Bouman, Kyle Friedenstein and Fenn Kayaks/Bay Union’s Luke Nisbet will also
be eyeing a shot at the pre-race favourites this weekend.
While the women’s contest is going to be equally as competitive as the
men’s, it is certain that a new South African champion will be crowned this
time around as 2015 winner Nikki Mocké will not be on the start line this
With the door open for any one of the fast-emerging next crop of South
African female surfski stars to step into the winners circle, one cannot
look past local lady and Fenn Kayaks’ star Nikki Russell as a serious title
The East London local has put a lot of time into marathon paddling in the
past few months however with home conditions to lean on, she will be a tough
paddler to beat this weekend.
The young Euro Steel/Fenn Kayaks’ duo of Jenna Ward and Kyeta Purchase will
also be looking to impress at the Eastern Cape clash while Euro Steel/Carbonology
Sport’s Hayley Nixon will be buoyed by her recent win at race three of the
Illovo Suncoast Pirates Wall and Back Surfski Series heading into the
Durban will provide the bulk of the top elite ladies that will be contesting
the singles honours with Donna Tutton another paddler that cannot be ruled
out of contention this weekend.
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2015 South African Surfski
champion Dawid Mocké will be back to defend his crown at the Pete Marlin
Surfski Race in East London this weekend.
Despite his great form, Euro
Steel/Epic Kayak's Hank McGregor has battled to stake a claim to a
national surfski title however he will look to set that record straight at
the upcoming South African Surfski Championships taking place at the Pete
Marlin Surfski Race this weekend.
With local knowledge to her
advantage, Fenn Kayaks' star Nikki Russell will be in a good position to
push for the South African surfski title at the Pete Marlin Surfski Race
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