FNB Surfski Series continues to deliver
Durban summer fun
Durban - Hundreds of paddlers turned out on Addington Beach once again at the
Borland Surfski Challenge, presented by Marriot. Race 6 of the 2017 FNB
Surfski Series with all the participants revelling in the fine conditions and
warm surf that the event has become known for.
The FNB Surfski Series is known for its relaxed, everyone-welcome attitude
and that philosophy has seen the event grow into the biggest of its kind in
the world, however the racing at the sharp end of the field was anything but
Euro Steel/Epic Kayaks' Hank McGregor notched up his fifth win from six races
when he continued to show why he is arguably the best ocean paddler in the
world at the moment.
"I had a bit of a hiccup near the start when I got into a clash with another
boat going around the first buoy," McGregor mentioned after his win.
"There was a knock of paddles as we rounded the buoy and I got flipped out so
I must have lost about 30 or 40 places!
"I really had to work hard after that and managed to catch back to the front
guys after about three quarters of the first lap."
It was a slog for the defending series champion McGregor who had to wind his
way through the field in order to catch the contenders and in a live display
of McGregor's tenacity he was not happy to settle when he reached the front
"I got to Matthew (Bouman) at the end of the first lap and sat with him for a
little bit and then managed to get ahead of him over the last lap and get my
fifth win of the series, which I am really happy about!
"It was great to have Matthew back this week to strengthen up the field so to
get a win against such a strong group is always satisfying.
"It was great that we had some international paddlers out here, especially
Emil from Sweden!" McGregor added.
With an overall series win in sight, McGregor needs one more win over the
next four legs to wrap up yet another series title and his series clinching
win could come as soon as Tuesday at the Lettie Paddle Surfski Challenge.
The ladies series took another dramatic turn on Friday evening, with Euro
Steel's Bridgitte Hartley edging out team mate Hayley Nixon for her third win
of the series and an overall series lead going into the final four races.
Hartley's win sees her move ahead of Nixon, who has two wins to her name, and
Michelle Burn, who has one win, into the outright lead however, with four
races left and unpredictable weather conditions Hartley will be under
pressure to maintain her advantage.
Hartley took the race honours ahead of her nearest rivals Nixon in second and
Burn in third.
In what was probably the performance of the race the mixed duo of Luke Nisbet
(Bay Union/Fenn Kayaks) and Euro Steel/Fenn Kayaks' Jenna Ward took the
overall race honours ahead of McGregor.
The pair started the series slowly but have got into their stride and showed
their class in a double ski by pipping Hank McGregor to the line.
The ever-popular novice-friendly 4km short course proved to be a family
affair yet again with a number of family doubles rising to the top of the
The pair of Zoog and Ty Haynes were the first across the line ahead of Dylan
Bridges and Eugene Swanepoel with the Swart duo of Justin and Stefan
finishing the race in third place.
Nick Park-Ross returned to take his third win in the stand-up paddleboarding
category ahead of Brandan Read and Shayne Chipps while Jackie de Billot won
the ladies SUP category.
With the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon taking place from Thursday to Saturday next
week the Lettie Paddle Surfski Challenge will take place on Tuesday, 14
February rather than Friday evening.
The Lettie Paddle Surfski Challenge, Race Seven of the 2017 FNB Surfski
Series, takes place at 17h30 on Tuesday, 14 February at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club, Addington
Beach. More information can be found at
SUMMARY OF RESULTS
– BORLAND SURFSKI CHALLENGE, PRESENTED BY MARRIOT
RACE SIX OF THE 2017 FNB SURFSKI SERIES
1.Hank McGregor 35:37
2.Matt Bouman 35:51
3.Grant van der Walt 36:30
4.Wade Krieger 37:04
5.Hamish Lovemore (U18) 37:40
6.Bailey de Foundaumiere 38:11
7.Buckey Symons 38:14
8.Emil Torstensson (SWE) 38:50
9.Oliver Burn 39:22
10.Nic Burden 40:35
1.Bridgitte Hartley 40:08
2.Hayley Nixon 41:00
3.Michelle Burn 41:40
4.Kyeta Purchase 42:26
5.Kerry Segal 43:22
1.Tyron Maher/Lee McGregor 35:46
2.Jason Ekstrand/Richard Lowe 35:58
3.Byron Mckie/Irvin Dixon 37:21
4.Shaun Burgin/Lee Muir 37:28
5.Matt Carlisle/Geoff Thompson 38:59
1.Louisa van Staden/Wilma Deyzel 43:34
2.Debbie Gillett/Debra Lewis 44:08
3.Jacqui Boyd/Vanessa Mayhew 46:14
1.Luke Nisbett/Jenna Ward 35:32
2.Barry Lewin/Carly Davidson 39:06
3.Raquel Arcediano/Gareth Miles 40:100
1.Hamish Lovemore 37:40
2.Brendon Delport 41:54
3.Sabina Lawrie 47:35
1.Bruce Jackson 23:45
2.Jody Taylor 24:05
3.Dave Rees 24:53
4.Shane Gouldie 25:08
5.Alan Beukes 25:54
1.Teegan Hardwick 25:26
2.Siobhan Sharp 26:00
3.Cara Waud 26:17
1.Zoog Haynes/Ty Haynes 21:48
2.Dylan Bridges/Eugene Swanepoel 22:19
3.Justin Swart/Stefan Swart 22:21
4.Lance Howarth/Gabi Howart 22:23
5.Scott Sowman/Ryan Engel 22:59
1.Nick Park-Ross 30:05
2.Brandon Read 30:18
3.Shayne Chipps 31:21
4.Matthew Swemmer 31:25
5.Robbie de Billot 32:23
1.Jackie de Billot 32:47
2.Charlotte Atherton 0:33:49
3.Lande Williamson 35:06
FNB Surfski Series Logo
It was win number five for Euro
Steel/Epic Kayaks' Hank McGregor at the Borland Surfski Challenge, presented
by Marriot, Race 6 of the FNB Surfski Series on Friday 10 February
With a third race win of the
series at the Borland Surfski Challenge, presented by Marriot. Race 6 of the
FNB Surfski Series on Friday 10 February, Euro Steel's Bridgitte Hartley has
opened a slight gap on the chasing ladies for the overall series title.
It was a fine performance from
the mixed duo of Luke Nisbet (Bay Union/Fenn Kayaks) and Jenna Ward (Euro
Steel/Fenn Kayaks) as they finished first overall at the Borland Surfski
Challenge, presented by Marriot, Race 6 of the FNB Surfski Series on Friday
Jon Ivins sets off on his
stand-up paddle board at the Borland Surfski Challenge, presented by
Marriot, Race 6 of the FNB Surfski Series on Friday 10 February
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