McGregor resurfaces for 2019 Marine Series
Durban - Following an extended absence from the 2018 Marine Surfski Series,
the series' most successful paddler Hank McGregor will return aiming to
reclaim the title he relinquished last year for the 10-leg series starting
this Friday at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club.
The Euro Steel/Fenn Kayaks' star spent a large part of his 2018 season
focusing on his FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon triumph with Andy Birkett and then
on his K2 World Marathon Championship win with the same partner.
Following the arrival of his second son recently McGregor will have more
time at home which is a warning sign for all those that are hoping to target
the coveted Marine Series crown.
"I am definitely going to try and do as many of the Marine Series races as I
can this year," the international paddling legend said ominously.
"It is a great series to be a part of and is always the best way to start
the weekend, especially considering that the course isn't too long so it
isn't too taxing on the body and is a great training session."
With ten races on the calendar the series runs from 11 January until 15
March and McGregor is encouraging all those who might be interested to come
along and see what all the fuss has been about though the years.
"Even if you aren't sure if you want to paddle just come down and see what
the series has to offer.
"I am pretty sure that after you have seen one race you will be keen to
paddle the next week!
"You can hop in a double with an experienced paddler and enjoy a Friday
evening paddle in Durban's easiest surf break - which is great for people
that are keen to start.
"Even if you are a river paddler I still think that it's great cross
training and with river levels low at the moment come and paddle in the
"Barry Lewin (series organiser) always has the paddlers safety at heart and
will make sure that you have the best possible conditions to paddle in,"
The series will also boast some of the country's top female surfski talent
with the likes of current world champion Hayley Nixon, Michelle Burn, Jenna
Ward, Bridgitte Hartley and Kyeta Purchase expected to take part throughout
Amongst the talent will also be perennial podium finisher Matt Bouman, as
well as Wade Krieger, Gene Prato, Luke Nisbet and Hamish Lovemore.
The Marine Surfski Series Season Starter is this Friday with registration
for the series happening at Robsons Brewery on the Point on Thursday 10
January from 16:00-19:00.
More information can be found at
Marine Surfski Series 2019
Race 1 – 11 January – Marine Surfski Series Season Starter
Race 2 – 18 January - Race Two
Race 3 – 25 January – Borland Surfski Challenge Presented by Marriott
Race 4 – 1 February – Thule Surfski Challenge
Race 5 – 8 February - Race Five
Race 6 – 12 February – Lettie Love Fund Surfski Challenge
Race 7 – 22 February – Funky Pants Surfski Challenge
Race 8 – 1 March – Gara Surfski Challenge
Race 9 – 8 March – HiQ Surfski Challenge
Race 10 – 15 March - Race 10
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Multiple Marine Surfski Series
champion Hank McGregor will be back in 2019 to try and reclaim the title he
missed out on in 2018 starting this Friday at race one.
The excitement of the Marine
Surfski Series is set to light up Durban starting this Friday at the Marine
Surf Lifesaving Club.
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