2021 FENN SA Surfski Champs Media Release


7 April 2021

Embargo: None

Written by: Dave Macleod

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 Steel/Fenn banner.

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 Surfers Challenge.

"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 www.sasurfskichamps.co.za


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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 . Supplied/ Gameplan Media

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