Ladies showdown to light up FNB Surfski
Durban - With arguably the strongest ladies field ever, the 2018 FNB Surfski
Series will see the cream of the South Africa's women ocean racers go
head-to-head over the exciting ten race series starting on Friday, 12
January at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club.
With two consecutive titles in the past two years, Hayley Nixon will be
taking the 2018 series less seriously which opens the door, potentially, for
a new series winner.
"We have seen the depth of ladies surfski paddling grow over the years and
that is exactly what we want," Nixon expressed.
"More and more people from different paddling disciplines are seeing surfski
paddling as great cross training which is drawing ladies to the sport."
There is always an excitement around the opening race of a series and for
many of the ladies involved race one will be an opportunity to get early
season points and a headstart on the series log.
For Michelle Burn, 2018 will be another opportunity to continue where she
left off in 2017, however with commitments at home taking centre stage she
will have to pick her races carefully.
"Oliver sacrificed a lot for me in 2017 and was the stay-at-home dad, so I
could race as hard as possible, so this year it is my turn to support him,"
"I will definitely take part if conditions are good but this year I am going
to be on the bank supporting!"
Despite Burn and Nixon not focusing entirely on their racing this year the
depth in ladies surfski paddling means that there will be a number of other
women that will be hoping to claim a prestigious FNB Surfski Series title.
The likes of young Kyeta Purchase, former Under 23 Ocean Racing World
Champion Jenna Ward as well as recently converted surfski paddler Bridgitte
Hartley could all be vying for the overall title.
In order to be amongst the final prizes paddlers must complete at least six
of the ten races in the series.
Jenna Ward, who will be partnering up with Hungarian marathon star Vanda
Kiszli for the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon, is confident that this year will be
another exciting year for the ladies.
"My focus is on the Dusi but I will definitely be getting involved wherever
I can whether it be in a single or a double.
"I will just play it by ear but I love the series and really want to be
paddling as much as I can," she commented.
Brad Guymer, the Senior Marketing Manager Sponsorships at FNB said, "FNB
Business is proud to once again be the title sponsor of the FNB Marine
Surfski Series in 2018.
"FNB Business wishes all the paddlers the best of luck as they embark on the
upcoming 10 race series."
Race one of the 2018 FNB Surfski Series, the FNB Surfski Challenge, takes
place on Friday, 12 January at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club.
More information can be found at
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Euro Steel's Bridgitte Hartley
has become a local on the sufski scene and expect her to push for overall
series honours at the FNB Surfski Challenge
on Friday, 12 January at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club.
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