McGregor aims for seventh consecutive SA
double surfski title
Durban - As entries for the Fenn SA Surfski Champs in Durban on 10 and 11
April poured into the race office over the Easter long weekend, reigning
MyLife Dusi champ Andy Birkett added his name to the single and double ski
entry shortly after multiple world marathon champ Hank McGregor, bolstering
the already world-class field entered.
McGregor and Birkett teamed up to win the last two SA S2 titles together,
but this year they have split up and each co-opted the services of one of
the East London-based Fenn brothers for the double ski title decider.
Birkett securing the services of Matt Fenn while McGregor will have his
older brother Josh Fenn for the double ski race.
McGregor has had a stranglehold on the national double ski title in the past
decade, having won the last six consecutively with Jasper Mocké, Lee Furby
and more recently Andy Birkett and then Hamish Lovemore at last year’s
rescheduled Bay Union King of the Bay.
“I paddled Freedom Paddle with Josh Fenn and we have been on tour to other
surfski events and are good friends, so I am really looking forward to
racing with him this weekend,” said McGregor, who races under the Euro
For Birkett, who lives in East London, securing Matt Fenn as a partner for
the Durban decider was a no-brainer, as they train together with the local
elite training squad.
“The Fenn brothers are training so hard at the moment, and they support each
other so well. As long as one of them does well in a dice or a race they are
all happy ,” said Birkett.
"Matty and I have been waiting to do a race together ever since we did the
"Somehow it just hasn't come together or I have dropped him. He is a legend
and we feel really comfortable in a boat together so we are really looking
forward to racing on the weekend," Birkett added.
With the emphasis heavily on the single ski race, current weather forecasts
suggest that the SA S1 race will be held on Saturday afternoon in a 10 to 15
knot North Easterly wind from DUC to Amanzimtoti.
Sunday’s double ski decider looks set to be held from DUC to uMdloti in a
light South Easterly wind. The final courses and start times will be
confirmed in the days before the event.
Entries for the event remain open until 4pm on Thursday afternoon, but as
late entries they will not get the race shirt and cap.
More information can be found at
2021 FENN SA Surfski
Championships Logo -
Hank McGregor (front) and Hamish
Lovemore en route to claiming to last SA double ski title at the Bay Union
King of the Bay. McGregor has entered this weekend's national title decider
with East Londoner .
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