2015 News

De Fondaumiere & Purchase sparkle in national junior bout
As Friday evening’s Varsity College Surfski Challenge brought the curtain down on the 2015 Varsity College FNB Marine Surfski Series and saw Hank McGregor and Michelle Burn claim the men’s and women’s race victories, all eyes were on the Bailey de Fondaumiere and Kyeta Purchase as the pair were crowned 2015 National Schools Surfski Champions.

Marine Surfski Series finale hosts schools national title tussle
A crop of the top junior surfski paddlers in the country are busy readying themselves for the 2015 Varsity College FNB South African Schools Surfski Championships which take place at Addington Beach, Durban this Friday evening.

Course change welcomed by paddlers at Marine Series
In an ingenious move from event organisers; the route for the HiQ Surfski Challenge was changed up to give the paddlers the best chance of testing themselves in subdued conditions and it was 2015 Series winner Hank McGregor and Nicole Russell who proved to be the quickest two over the long course at Race 9 of the 2015 Varsity College FNB Marine Surfski Series.

McGregor claims Marine Surfski Series title
Five time Marathon World Champ Hank McGregor wasn’t running the risk of sharing the Varsity College FNB Marine Surfski Series title for a second year running as he made it his own in 2015 through victory in Friday evening’s IT Works Surfski Challenge, race eight of the ten-leg competition.

Paddlers paint Marine Series pink
Racing at the front of the field of the Lettie Paddle Surfski Challenge, race seven of the 2015 Varsity College FNB Marine Surfski Series was as fierce as ever and Hank McGregor and Nikki Russell ultimately walked away with the men’s and women’s race spoils however Tuesday evening’s clash was far more than just a race as paddlers from throughout KwaZulu-Natal and beyond came together for a far greater cause.

Durban’s paddlers take on rough sea at Marine Series

With some tough conditions being the order of the day on Friday evening paddlers had to be keep their wits about them as they took on some rough seas but it was the calm heads of Hank McGregor and the impressive Michelle Burn who managed the sea the best to record wins and with that Burn’s first win of the series at the Hansa Surfski Challenge.

Ladies take centre stage at Marine Surfski Series Race 5
With recently crowned South African K1 Marathon champion Hank McGregor running away with victory in the men’s race at the Bay Union Surfski Challenge on Friday night the focus shifted to a hugely entertaining women’s race that saw the young Jenna Ward pip the returning to form Michelle Burn at the post to win Race 5 of the Varsity College FNB Marine Surfski Series.

Marine Surfski Series paddlers take advantage of playful conditions
Friday evening’s Thule Surfski Challenge saw Matthew Bouman and Jenna Ward clinch their second victory of the 2015 Varsity College FNB Marine Surfski Series respectively  in contrasting styles, firming up their positions at the top of the overall series’ log.

Young stars shine bright at Marine Surfski Series third leg
The Borland Surfski Challenge, race three of the Varsity College FNB Marine Surfski Series, saw tomorrow’s stars sparkle as the talented juniors took full advantage of some of their regular bigger name rivals absence, none more so than Kyeta Purchase who stole the show in the women’s clash as she clinched her maiden senior race title despite still being a junior competitor.

Dangerous conditions a blow for Marine Surfski Series second leg
Organisers of the much anticipated McCarthy Toyota Durban Kingsmead Surfski Challenge, race two of the 2015 Varsity College FNB Marine Surfski Series, had their hands tied on Friday evening and were forced to make the rare decision to cancel the race as Mother Nature showed her power and fury at the eleventh hour.

Large crowd gathers for Marine Series opener

The 2015 surfski season got underway on Friday evening at the first leg of the Varsity College FNB Marine Surfski Series and the favourable conditions drew large numbers as they took on the long and short courses with an impressive Hank McGregor and equally exciting Jenna Ward drawing first blood at race one of the ten leg series.

2015 Marine Surfski Series kick starts Durban paddling year
The popular Varsity College FNB Marine Surfski Series makes a welcome return on Friday evening for KwaZulu-Natal’s elite and social ocean paddlers alike after the recent festive season downtime.

Banking giant backs SA’s biggest surfski series for 2015
The east coast of South Africa has a reputation globally of being a surfski paddler’s paradise and the country’s biggest surfski series, the Marine Surfski Series is set to reach new heights in 2015 after banking giant First National Bank (FNB) recently confirmed their generous support of the next year’s edition of the popular ten-leg summer series.

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