The Marine Surfski Series is an annual set of 10 surfski races that use the light of the Durban summer every Friday night from the first week of January to the middle of March.
The series has been going since the 90’s and has grown tremendously over the last couple years through the involvement of sponsors who so generously back the sport of surfski paddling, as well as the building of a new club house at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club which the paddlers thoroughly enjoyed for the first time in 2011. The growth has seen the series become the biggest of it’s kind in the world.
The series’ races all take place on Friday evenings in the protection of the Durban bay and cater for every type of paddler. It has to be one of the best ways to kick off your weekend after a long hard week as nothing beats smashing out a paddle and a couple of beers with your mates!
Known for its user-friendly course, the Marine Surfski Series is primed for a bumper season once more in 2019, especially with the recent growth of surfski paddling in the novice ranks. Through the inclusion of a very achievable short course of only 4km (1 lap), together with an easy launch through the surf, the series looks to accommodate the novices in the field as best it can.
In the traditional 8km (2 lap) long course, we expect to see some of Durban’s finest paddlers smash out some close, hard-fought racing. The racing is always tight with everyone well aware that six races out of the ten count for the overall series positions.
The 2019 Marine Surfski Series starts with registration on Thursday 10 January at Robsons Brewery in the Point from 1600-19h00 while all ten races start at 17h30 weekly on the following dates:
Jan 11, 18, 25 Feb 1, 8, 12, 22 March 1, 8, 15
The series’ final prize giving will also be hosted at Robsons Brewery on 19 March where tons of lucky draw prizes – including a Fenn single surfski – will be up for grabs!!!
With lots of lucky draws and age group prizes to be won weekly, the series has something for everyone. If you just want to kick start your weekend with some fun in a surfski, race your mate or take on a world champ then come on down and join us in early January.
We look forward to seeing you all this season!