Newsletter #1

8 December 2016

Hi Paddler!

2017 approaches!

2017 is set to be another cracking year for the FNB Marine Surfski Series and the action is now just around the corner. We’re really looking forward to hosting hundreds of past participants as well as scores of new faces at 2017’s first race which takes place on Friday, 6 January!

There are a couple of changes heading into 2017, starting with our title sponsors! FNB, who have been a sponsor of the series for the last two years, have stepped up to take the full naming rights of the series in 2017.

“FNB Business is delighted to be a sponsor of the FNB Marine Surfski Series,” says FNB Business KZN Provincial Head, Howard Arrand. “At FNB Business, developing and maintaining relationships with our clients forms an integral part of how we do business. The FNB Marine Surfski Series provides us with an exciting platform where we can make a lasting connection with new and existing clients.”

“Innovation is central to FNB Business; the annual FNB Marine Surfski event is perfectly aligned to our belief that adventure is the heart of innovation. Over and above this, the FNB Marine Surfski Series affirms our commitment to providing an experience for participants through a sport that is ever growing in popularity in the Kwa-Zulu Natal region.

“We would like to wish all participants the best of luck and ask that they enjoy the different elements of the series. We believe that true sportsmanship means playing fair and handling both victory and defeat with grace, style, and dignity.”

2016 sponsors Varsity College are certainly not lost to the sport of surfski paddling though. After 7 years as series title sponsor, they have opted to focus on developing their own paddling programmes on campus as part of their VC Sports Life Program. Varsity College will however stay involved in the series, just on a smaller scale as Race 10 Sponsor and SA Schools Champs Sponsor.

Varsity College has had a long standing partnership with the Marine Surfski Series, from humble beginnings, when we hosted the first series prize giving at Wahooz as the Marine Surf Lifesaving Club’s club house was still being rebuilt, to a world class event that arguably has the most participants for any surfski series in SA,” Varsity College’s Carole Adam.

“The series was a good fit for Varsity College, VC’s involvement promoted a healthy lifestyle, and created a legacy through the school clinics and the prestigious SA Schools Championships.

We are proud to have been involved in the series for past 7 years and we wish Barry Lewin and FNB all the best for the future.

Thank you to the paddlers who have supported the series and we look forward to seeing many more youngsters coming through the schools system into our VC Sports Life program, taking both their paddling careers and life to the next level.

For more details on dates, costs and everything else check out the poster below:

poster Spot you on the water!

Barry Lewin
Race Organiser

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