SA Schools Champs set for exciting showdown
Durban – The popular 2017 FNB Surfski Series concludes this Friday with its
tenth and final race at the well-known Marine Surf Lifesaving Club with the
final race once again playing host to the Varsity College Surfski Challenge
and, more importantly, the Varsity College SA Schools Championships.
The SA Schools Championships has always attracted the cream of the junior
ocean racing crop over the years and 2017 will be no different with paddlers
coming from all across the South African coastline to fight it out for the
honours on Friday evening.
FNB Surfski Series race organiser Barry Lewin has watched the SA Schools
Championships grow, but has also been pleased to see how well paddlers that
have graduated from the school’s system have done.
“The FNB Surfski Series is proud of the SA Schools legacy that has been
created over the last eight years of the South African Schools Surfski
Championships,” Lewin mentioned.
“We have seen a number of our past winners go on to successful sporting and
“A prime example would be Kenny Rice, who studies at Varsity College in Cape
Town, who has performed well on the international surfski stage and is
studying towards a degree.”
The schools boys and girls racing will be as exciting as ever with a number
of the top contenders returning in the Under 18 category after taking part in
the Under 16 race in 2016.
SACS’ Uli Hart returns to KZN waters again to represent the Western Cape with
the likes of the Selborne College duo of William Wood and Tayne Thompson
representing the Eastern Cape.
In the KwaZulu-Natal corner, the likes of Hilton College’s Hamish Lovemore
and his MACSquad team-mate Hamish Mackenzie will be leading the charge.
Lovemore has been in top form during the 2017 FNB Surfski Series with a few
podium finishes through the nine legs.
Lovemore will go into the contest as the favourite considering he is familiar
with the conditions off Marine SLC however there will also be a potential
charge from Brendon Delport who is second in the junior overall category at
the FNB Surfski Series behind Lovemore.
In the Under 18 girls division the champion should come from either Sabina
Lawrie or the young Eastern Cape paddler Zara Wood.
Lawrie has taken part in a number of races throughout the 2017 FNB Surfski
Series and will be familiar with all the different conditions that the race
could serve up. These factors could give her a slight advantage over the 8km
The Varsity College Surfski Challenge and Varsity College SA Schools Champs, Race
Ten of the 2017 FNB Surfski Series, takes
place at 17h30 on Friday, 10 March at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club, Addington
Beach. More information can be found at
FNB Surfski Series Logo
Having impressed throughout the
2017 FNB Surfski Series, young Hamish Lovemore looks set to be the favourite
at the upcoming Varsity College Surfski Challenge which plays host to the
South African Schools Surfski Championships, race 10 of the FNB Surfski
Series, at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club on Friday, 10 March.
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