Durban - Hundreds
of paddlers turned out on Addington Beach once again at the Borland
Surfski Challenge to watch race six of the 2017 Surfski
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
"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 paddlers.
"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 phenomenal 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
The ladies series took another dramatic turn on Friday evening, with Bridgitte Hartley edging out team mate Hayley Nixon for her
third win of the series and an overall series lead going into the final
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 and 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 result sheet.
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 Dusi Canoe Marathon taking place from Thursday to Saturday
next week the Lettie Paddle Surfski Challenge will take place on
Tuesday, February 14 rather than Friday evening.
The Lettie Paddle Surfski Challenge, Race Seven of the 2017 Surfski
Series, takes place at 17h30 on Tuesday, February 14 at Marine Surf
Lifesaving Club, Addington Beach.
Results of race six of the 2017 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