Pietermaritzburg - Multiple World
Marathon champion Hank McGregor has clinched victory at the first race of
the Bay Union Open Ocean Surfski Challenge 2017.
The 12km race opener had
perfect weather and sea conditions for a stunner of a race, attracted a large field
of 75 paddlers including seven-time Dusi winner Andy Birkett,
plus Wade Krieger, Gene Prato, and seasoned masters, Bruce Wenke and Linton
McGregor, fresh from his
victory at the Mauritius Ocean Classic last weekend, was slow off the start
line after a paddle mix up but got to the front with ease and kept it to the
finish line, finishing in 00:56:31, seven seconds ahead Andy Birkett in 00:56:38
with third placed Gene Prato in 00:57:45.
am really happy I had the chance to be part of today’s race. The conditions
were ideal and I am really happy that such a large field came out to enjoy the
conditions. It was a brilliant day out to be racing,” McGregor said post race.
Next on McGregor’s racing
calendar is the Canadian Surfski Championships at Howe Sound in Vancouver,
Canada from July 15/16, followed by the Gorge Downwind Championship on the
Columbia River Gorge near Oregon in the United States from July 18-22.
Union Open Ocean Challenge Series:
1. Hank McGregor 00:56:31
2. Andy Birkett 00:56:38
3. Gene Prato 00:57:45
1. Nikki Russell 01:03:38
2. Michelle Burn 01:04:18
3. Kyeta Purchase 01:05:10