Cape Town’s Jasper Mocké won the Durban Downwind surfski race at Addington Beach in Durban yesterday.
The surfski star completed the 26km race in 1:29:18 to beat Hank McGregor and Dawid Mocké.
Mocké’s success secured him the SA Single Surfski title and a spot in the national team to the IFC Surfski World Championships taking place in Hong Kong later this year.
“It is such an honour to win the national title against a field like this,” said Mocké.
With 10km to the finish Mocké set his eyes on Addington Beach and decided that the runs were lining up where he wanted it to go. He had a clear surf into the finish and went for the win.
The women’s race was won by Michelle Burn as she completed the fight for the title in 1:42:58 to beat the reigning Surfski World Series champ Hayley Nixon (1:44:05). Nikki Russell completed the podium with a time of 1:45:07.
“Just after Umhlanga I decided to go deeper and I waited for Hayley and Nikki to go past, said Burn.
“About six kays from the finish I started to feel tired, but I just put my head down and tried to milk the last few runs into the finish.”
Various of the elite paddlers will now focus on the international events in Mauritius, Portugal, Canada and the USA in the coming weeks.