Canoeing South Africa
7 Nov 2016
Written by: Kyle Gilham
Double national success for McGregor & Russell
East London – Hank McGregor signalled his return to the top of the South
African Surfski Championship pecking order with victory in both the singles
and doubles clash at the Pete Marlin Surfski Race in the Eastern Cape on the
weekend while Nikki Russell followed suit in the women’s tussles.
McGregor went into the clash having been conspicuously absent from the top
step of the S1 podium at the national ocean racing spectacle for the past
two years however the Euro Steel/Epic Kayaks athlete came into the weekend’s
showdown full of confidence after a near perfect year’s racing.
Having been unstoppable on flat water, rivers and the ocean alike throughout
2016, the eight time ICF Canoe Marathon World Champion – who was recently
announced alongside Wayde van Niekerk and Chad le Clos as a South Africa
Sports Awards’ Sportsman of the Year nominee – put in another strong
performance to race to victory.
“I’m very stoked to have won the SA Surfski Championships at the Pete Marlin
Surfski Race,” McGregor posted on Facebook shortly after his singles
“The standard of paddling in South Africa is at an all-time high at the
moment, which makes racing on local waters as tough as ever,” he added.
McGregor narrowly edged out 2015 national champ, Mocké Paddling/Fenn Kayaks’
Dawid Mocké while Epic Kayaks’ Matt Bouman, Think Kayaks/Varsity College’s
Kenny Rice and Euro Steel/Epic Kayaks’ Jasper Mocké finished third, fourth
and fifth respectively.
“I had to relinquish my SA title today, but not without a fight,” posted a
content Dawid Mocké.
McGregor and younger Mocké brother Jasper then successfully combined in
Sunday’s doubles clash to claim the S2 title, finishing ahead of Durban surf
lifesaving stars Bouman and Wade Krieger (Gravity Sports/Epic Kayaks) while
Dawid Mocké and Kyle Friedenstein (Fenn Kayaks/Mocké Paddling) finished
In the women’s singles race, Fenn Kayaks/Mocké Paddling’s Russell pipped
Euro Steel/Carbonology Sport’s Hayley Nixon in a ding-dong battle up front,
handing her a second while Euro Steel/Fenn Kayaks’ Jenna Ward, Euro Steel/Mocké
Paddling’s Kyeta Purchase and Chloë Bunnett rounded out the top five.
“This was the most amazing weekend in East London for the Pete Marlin
Surfski Race and SA Surfski Champs,” said women’s runner-up, Nixon.
“Nikki (Russell) and I had the most insane neck and neck race for the S1
title - 23kms of fighting it out, right down to backline, but Nikki
outclassed me in the surf and took the win.
“I am extremely happy to come away with second place in the best race I've
ever had!” she added.
Russell and Ward then paired up to clinch the women’s doubles crown on
Sunday, outclassing Nixon and Donna Tutton while Purchase and Kerry Segal
The Pete Marlin Surfski Race also served as the third of five Title events
of the 2016 World Surfski Series with a large South African contingent now
heading to Hong Kong for this weekend’s Dragon Run, the Series’ fourth Title
More information can be found at www.canoesa.org.za.
SUMMARY OF RESULTS – 2016 PETE MARLIN SURFSKI RACE
SOUTH AFRICAN SURFSKI CHAMPIONSHIPS
1.Hank McGregor 1:20.52
2.Dawid Mocké 1:21.38
3.Matt Bouman 1:22.10
4.Kenny Rice 1:23.22
5.Jasper Mocké 1:24.50
6.Stu MacLaren 1:24.50
7.Bevan Manson 1:26.29
8.Wade Krieger 1:26.52
9.Luke Nisbet 1:26.59
10.Steve Woods 1:26.59
1.Nikki Russell 1:37.20
2.Hayley Nixon 1:38.49
3.Jenna Ward 1:42.30
4.Kyeta Purchase 1:43.28
5.Chloë Bunnett 1:43.56
1.Hank McGregor/Jasper Mocké 1:02.50
2.Matt Bouman/Wade Krieger 1:04.27
3.Dawid Mocké/Kyle Friendenstein 1:05.12
4.Luke Nisbet/Gene Prato 1:05.15
5.Stu MacLaren/Kenny Rice 1:05.18
1.Nikki Russell/Jenna Ward 1:14.21
2.Hayley Nixon/Donna Tutton 1:16.59
3.Kyeta Purchase/Kerry Segal 1:20.34
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It was Euro Steel/Epic Kayak's
Hank McGregor that was too strong for the field in the S1 and S2 races at
at the 2016 Pete Marlin Surfski Race, which doubled as the South African
Surfski Championships, in East London over this past weekend.
In the ladies race it was
Mocké Paddling/Fenn Kayaks' Nikki Russell who did the double winning both
the S1 and S2 races at the 2016 Pete Marlin Surfski Race, which doubled as
the South African Surfski Championships, in East London over this past
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