FNB Surfski Series goes pink for Lettie
Durban - An uncharacteristic Tuesday night start due to the FNB Dusi
Canoe Marathon, saw paddlers don pink from top to toe at the Lettie Surfski
Challenge in support of the fight against cancer for race six of the 2018 FNB
The Lettie Love Fund was established in support of those that are currently
in the fight against cancer, as well as remembering those that have lost
their lives in the fight against the disease and once again the Durban
surfski community came out to remember Lettie Haynes well as support the
From a racing perspective it was SMG/Epic Kayaks' Matt Bouman who once again
dominated proceedings to take home his third win from three races at the 2018
series. His win just proves the prowess of the experienced ocean rider as he
consolidated his spot at the top of the series standings.
"It's incredible that the FNB Surfski Series teams up with the Lettie Love
Fund every year to host this race for cancer awareness," current women's
surfski world champion Hayely Nixon said.
"It is always a sad reality that many of us have had someone that has either
died or battled cancer and I lost my father 13 years ago to cancer.
"Cancer is a cruel disease and can be a tough thing to go through. So to have
the paddling community down here gathering arm-in-arm and dressing up in pink
and doing their bit to support those that have suffered at the hands of
cancer is awesome to see.
"The funds that are being raised by Zoog (Haynes) and his group of people,
that come together and help in transporting sufferers to and from therapy,
are so important."
Making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate is something that the
Lettie Love Fund is invested in and to have a disease like cancer to deal
with on top of financial issues will put strain on all families.
"We take for granted that we can just jump in our cars and get to hopitals
and get to treatment but for so many this isn't an everyday reality," Nixon
"It's a very special cause and it's great that the FNB Surfski Series
highlights this and the fight against cancer.
"The weather was incredible and some people even commented that the sun's
reflection on the water was pink!
"All in all it was a great evening, with a great turn out for a great cause!"
Race seven of the 2018 FNB Surfski Series takes place on Friday, 23 February
at the Borland Surfski Challenge presented by Marriott.
SUMMARY OF RESULTS - LETTIE SURFSKI CHALLENGE
1.Matt Bouman 33:29
2.Wade Krieger 35:28
3.Luke Nisbet 35:50
4.Lee McGregor 35:50
5.Hamish Lovemore 36:31
1.Dawid Mocké/Ian Black 33:29
2.Richard Lowe/Shaun Burgin 34:06
3.Brent Chiazzari/Travis Kruger 34:10
4.Dave Harker/Justin Swart 36:48
5.Hayley Nixon/Carmel Bilson 36:55
1.Sabina Lawrie 41:15
2.Raquel Arcediano 45:37
3.Thea van der Westhuizen 47:40
1.Hayley Nixon/Carmel Bilson 36:55
2.Jacqui Boyd/Lyn Bennett 42:04
1.Louisa van Staden/GavinBotha 39:51
2.Tamryn Mckie/Calvin Mckie 41:37
3.Sharon Armstrong/Carl Elkington 42:02
1.Peter Jacobs 19:55
2.Connor Botha 23:04
3.Keaton Riddle 23:31
1.Kyet Purchase/Josh Simpkins 19:57
2.Jody Taylor/Duane Taylor 20:00
3.Tyler Wilson/Garnett Wilson 21:41
1.Dylan Fick 28:26
2.Brandon Read 28:59
3.Nick Park-Ross 29:22
4.Shayne Chipps 29:25
5.Charlotte Atherton 31:35
More information can be found at
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The pair of Hayley Nixon (front)
and Carmel Bilson (back) took home the ladies doubles win at the Lettie
Surfski Challenge, race six of the 2018 FNB Surfski Series on Tuesday
South African Stand-up Paddle
Boarding champion Dylan Fick was the quickest SUP at the Lettie Surfski
Challenge, race six of the 2018 FNB Surfski Series on Tuesday evening.
It was three from three for Matt
Bouman at the Lettie Surfski Challenge, race six of the 2018 FNB Surfski
Series on Tuesday evening.
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