Early surprise as Hartley takes first win at FNB Surfski Series
Durban - With hundreds of excited paddlers lining the Addington Beach for
the first race of the 2017 FNB Surfski Series on Friday, the race produced a
big surprise as former Olympic bronze medallist Bridgitte Hartley beat off
the tough ladies competition to claim a maiden win at race one while stalwart
Hank McGregor took the honours in the men's race.
Paddlers were greeted to some tame conditions as long course, short course
and stand-up paddle boarders took some time to work out the rust and
Christmas pudding on Friday, however the racing at the sharp end of the field
was as tough as ever with paddlers jostling for an early advantage.
Hartley and race favourite and Euro Steel team mate Hayley Nixon spent a lot
of the race together however when the paddlers turned into the wind for the
final time Hartley came into her own and managed to get ahead all the way to
the finish line.
"Tonight was really fun and I was really excited to race with so many other
paddlers and against some strong ladies," Hartley mentioned.
"I really didn't know what to expect so I was fairly cautious at the start of
the race but I managed to catch Hayley just before the first buoy."
Hartley was going to have her work cut out for her against an experienced
paddler like Nixon but she believed that if she turned for home with Nixon
she had a chance of winning.
"I tried to interval as much as I could into the wind and we had so much fun
trying to catch some runs with the wind!
"It was so much fun and I am really excited that I managed to get a win at
the first race of the series," she added.
The ladies field was rounded out by Euro Steel/Carbonology's Hayley
Nixon in second, who finished 44 seconds behind Hartley, and young Euro
Steel/Fenn Kayaks' star Kyeta Purchase, who came home in third a further two
minutes behind Nixon.
Euro Steel/Epic Kayaks' Hank
McGregor managed to pick up where he left off in 2016 with another win at the
FNB Surfski Challenge as he eyes an impressive eighth FNB Surfski Series
title. McGregor was in a class of his own as he dominated the entire field to
win the race by 38 seconds over long-time rival Matt Bouman with Wade Krieger
coming home in third.
Clinton Cook and Hamish Lovemore finished second overall in the race just
behind McGregor and managed to just pip the pair of Jason Ekstrand and
Richard Lowe to the win.
Emanuel Zaloumis was the best placed junior when he finished tenth overall
just two seconds ahead of Hamish Mackenzie with Sabine Lawrie being the best
placed junior girl.
The short course was dominated by Matthew Maroun who took the overall honours
over Shane Maguire in second and Jasper Gaylard in third.
The SUP category was a tough race with Nick Park-Ross taking the race one
honours ahead of Brandon Read in second and Robbie de Billot in third. The
ladies category was won by Charlotte Anderson ahead of Lande Williamson and
Danica Bartho in second and third respectively.
The The Funky Pants Surfski Challenge, Race Two of the 2017 FNB Surfski Series, takes
place at 17h30 on Friday, 13 January at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club, Addington
Beach. More information can be found at
SUMMARY OF RESULTS - FNB
RACE ONE OF THE 2017 FNB SURFSKI SERIES
1.Hank McGregor 32:46
2.Matt Bouman 33:14
3.Wade Krieger 34:20
4.Grant van der Walt 34:21
5.Bailey de Fondaumiere 35:32
6.Gene Prato 35:37
7.Lee McGregor 35:39
8.Tyron Maher 36:34
9.Oliver Burn 37:22
10.Emanuel Zaloumis 37:28
1.Brigitte Hartley 36:50
2.Hayley Nixon 37:34
3.Kyeta Purchase 39:35
1.Clinton Cook/Hamish Lovemore 32:58
2.Jason Ekstrand/Richard Lowe 33:09
3.Darly Bartho/Clinton Pretorius 34:27
1.Jenna Ward/Luke Nisbet 34:41
1.Emanuel Zaloumis 37:28
2.Hamish Mackenzie 37:30
3.Brendon Delport 39:56
1.Sabina Lawrie 42:44
1.Matthew Maroun 20:59
2.Shane Maguire 22:17
3.Jasper Gaylard 23:00
1.Justin Swart/Stefan Swart 21:21
2.Mark Taylor/Richard Taylor 22:09
3.Jason Ward/Nigel Ward 22:12
1.Nick Park-Ross 26:26
2.Brandon Read 26:58
3.Robbie de Billot 27:42
1.Charlotte Anderson 30:19
2.Lande Williamson 30:41
3.Danica Bartho 32:26
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Euro Steel star Bridgitte
Hartley showed her incredible diversity as she claimed the win in the
women's race at race one of the 2017 FNB Surfski Series on Friday, 6
Starting where he left off in
2016, Euro Steel/Epic Kayak's Hank McGregor showed his class to win the
overall race at race one of the 2017 FNB Surfski Series on Friday, 6
The first double home was
Clinton Cook and Hamish Lovemore at race one of the 2017 FNB Surfski Series
on Friday, 6 January.
Nick Park-Ross was the first SUP
home at race one of the 2017 FNB Surfski Series on Friday, 6 January.
New year, new me... Hundreds of
paddlers lined the Addington Beach in anticipation of race one of the 2017
FNB Surfski Series on Friday, 6 January.
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