Canoeing South Africa
24 July 2017
Written by: Nick Tatham
SA Surfski stars dominate abroad
Durban – South African surfski paddlers have dominated a whirlwind month of
international surfski events in varying conditions on three different
continents, ending the four race mini-season dominating the Surfski World
Over the past four weeks ocean racing has taken centre stage, starting with
the FNB Durban Downwind, before heading off to the Mauritius Ocean Classic,
the Nelo Summer Series in Portugal, the Canadian Surfski Championships and
then the Gorge Downwind Championships in the USA this past weekend.
The FNB Durban Downwind title was claimed by Euro Steel/Mocké Paddling’s
Jasper Mocké ahead of Hank McGregor who went one better in Mauritius to
claim a significant victory off the East Coast of Africa.
When the World Surfski Series action headed into the Northern Hemisphere the
South African dominance continued.
The Nelo Summer Challenge in Portugal provided another platform for South
African paddlers to thrive and this time around it was Sean Rice who proved
to be too strong for the rest of the field and held off the challenge of
other South Africans to claim a vital victory in his bid for World Surfski
Canada was the next stop on this whirlwind leg of the World Series, where
Sean Rice continued his winning ways, taking home the honours ahead of
brother Kenny and series leader Jasper Mocké in third.
The race in Canada did not contribute to paddlers’ overall points tally as
it was not one of the title races on the World Series.
This past weekend saw the Gorge Downwind Championships on the Columbia River
take centre stage and this time the shoe was on the other Rice’s foot as
Kenny took home the race victory ahead of his brother Sean and Jasper Mocké
Despite only one win over this leg of the series, Jasper Mocké still remains
in the driver’s seat at the top of the World Surfski Series standings,
followed by Hank McGregor in second and Jasper’s older brother Dawid in
Incredibly, out of the top ten paddlers in the standings there are seven
South Africans, with the Rice brothers, Kyle Friedenstein and Oscar
Chalupsky the other South African paddlers in the top ten.
The ladies standings and results follow a very similar pattern with Hayley
Nixon dominating the standings as she did in 2016. Despite not recreating
her best form recently she still tops of the ladies standings.
The other South Africans that are in the hunt and been performing well are
Michelle Burn, who won the Mauritius Ocean Classic, Nikki Russell, Kyeta
Purchase and Jenna Ward.
South African paddlers make up five of the top ten in the ladies standings
despite all of them missing out on the recent Canadian Surfski
Nixon’s win in Portugal has given her a slight advantage over the New
Zealander Teneale Hatton, who won the Canadian Surfski Championships, but
Nixon’s third at the Gorge Downwind Champs this past weekend was an
important result in keeping her at the summit of the log with six races to
go in the series.
More information can be found at
WORLD SURFSKI SERIES STANDINGS
1.Jasper Mocké (RSA) 3490
2.Hank McGregor (RSA) 3485
3.Dawid Mocké (RSA) 3482
4.Mackenzie Haynard 3473
5.Oscar Chalupsky (RSA) 3445
6.Maurizo Tognacci 2614
7.Sean Rice (RSA) 2498
8.Kenneth Rice (RSA) 2493
9.Kyle Friedenstein (RSA) 2480
10.Nicholas Lambert 2475
1.Hayley Nixon (RSA) 2994
2.Teneale Hatton 2496
3.Michelle Burn (RSA) 2000
4.Nikki Russell (RSA) 1990
5.Kyeta Purchase (RSA) 1986
6.Jenna Ward (RSA) 1984
7.Rachel Clarke 1500
8.Angie le Roux 1496
9.Tricia Gilbert 1489
10.Chloe Bunnett 1488
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Euro Steel/Mocké Paddling's
Jasper Mocké holds a slender lead in the World Surfski Series log after
a busy schedule of international racing.
Hayley Nixon is currently leading the World Surfski Series standings in
a quest to repeat her series win in 2016.
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