Bay Union King of
30 July 2019
by: Nick Tatham
World Champ Nixon
throws her name into KOTB hat
Durban – Current women’s ICF Ocean Racing World Champion Hayley Nixon
has confirmed that she will be on the start line at this year’s Bay
Union King of the Bay, spicing up an already formidable ladies field for
the KZN Champs showdown on Sunday.
With the likes of Jenna Ward and Kyeta Purchase confirmed for the 22km
showdown, adding the likes of Nixon to the mix and potentially a
downwind specialist like Michelle Burn it could shape up to be a
fascinating women’s contest.
Nixon has her sights set firmly on defending her surfski World
Championship title in Saint-Pierre De Quiberon on the west coast of
France in mid-September, however she knows that when a provincial title
is on the line then the competitive juices begin to flow.
“We are having a big training session on Saturday and that will be more
important than the race on Sunday but it’s KZN champs and the field will
be strong and bragging rights are on the line!” the Carbonology/Euro
Steel star said.
“I am using the race as part of my training and it’s great to be in a
competitive racing environment this close to the World Championships.
“I will also be racing the Gara Dolphins Coast Challenge, which is a
singles race this year so that will be good preparation too,” she said.
The competition for the ladies crown will be a tough one with a number
of paddlers in with a shout. Nixon believes that the quality of women’s
paddling in Durban is second to none.
“We don’t have to go overseas to race against the best paddlers in the
world,” Nixon noted. “The standard of women’s paddling here at home is
top class and if you win or lose you know that you are competing against
the best in the business.”
It’s common knowledge that the course for the Bay Union King of the Bay
is as unique as you get in South Africa, and the Shaw and Partners
athlete appreciates the challenge that comes with the multi-faceted
“The King of the Bay actually reminds me a lot of the Dragon Run in Hong
Kong in that it has three elements to it.
“I have been an advocate for more challenging courses and this is one in
that it has something for everyone but you have to be strong in all
aspects to win.
“There’s something for the flat water specialist, the downwind
specialists and the hard workers, but individually you need to be able
put all three skills together well to be successful,” Nixon added.
Date: Sunday, 04 August 2019
Course: Silt Canal, Durban Harbour to Marine Surf Lifesaving Club
Distances: Short Course 11km | Long Course 22km
can be found at www.kotb.co.za
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Current ocean racing World
Champion Hayley Nixon has confirmed that she will take part in the 2019 Bay Union King of the Bay
on Sunday, 4 August.
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