FNB Surfski Series set for another top-class showdown

Euro Steel/Epic Kayaks' Hank McGregor. Photo: Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media.

The Durban surfski fraternity will once again be treated to a spectacle when the country’s best surfski stars battle it out over the 10-leg FNB Surfski Series.

Having begun last Friday and lasting until March, world leaders and beginners alike will take to the warm Indian Ocean waters in one of the most popular series on the East Coast.

The Durban surfski scene has been dominated over the years by two of the world’s leading paddlers – Hank McGregor 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 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 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 and have done for years,” Euro Steel/Epic Kayaks’ McGregor mentioned.

“Barry (Lewin) always puts on such a great event 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 standing battle with Bouman goes back to well before their professional paddling days and he knows that not only Bouman will pose a threat to his title chase.

“Matthew 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 and I am sure that there are going to be some youngsters looking to make an impact on the series,” he 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.

Euro Steel/Carbonology's Hayley Nixon, will have her work cut out for her if she is to win the overall women's title. Photo: Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media.

Euro Steel/Carbonology’s Hayley Nixon, will have her work cut out for her if she is to win the overall women’s title. Photo: Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media.

Hayley Nixon, who won the women’s World Surfski Series title in 2016, is one of those hoping to take top honours this year.

“There are girls coming across from river racing and with the likes of Bridgitte (Hartley) also getting into a surfski, it means that there are so many girls with different strengths. It makes the racing really competitive and each week will be just as tough.”

More information about the event programme can be found at www.marineseries.co.za

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