Hank McGregor and Michelle Burn finished a uncommon cleansweep of singles and doubles titles at the Fenn SA Surfski Champs held in Durban on the weekend after they won their S2 title races from Durban to Mdloti on Sunday morning.
McGregor partnered Below 23 East London ace Josh Fenn to submit a convincing eighty 2d blueprint shut over Hamish Lovemore and Bevan Manson to boost his unbroken bustle of national doubles titles to seven.
McGregor wins seventh national surfski title
The 43 300 and sixty five days prone Fenn/Euro Metal racer said that he had been having a behold ahead to partnering Fenn, with whom he had travelled to many international surfski events over the years.
“We had a truly grand spin together, one thing I in actual fact catch been making an try to originate for a truly prolonged time after travelling the realm together,” said McGregor.
After having won the double ski national title with Hamish Lovemore closing 300 and sixty five days, McGregor grinned sheepishly when asked about his technique to grab sturdy youthful paddlers for the national championships.
“As you become older you catch wiser,” he quipped.
“Prerequisites lined up moderately neatly, there catch been about a runs to catch onto,” said Josh Fenn. “Hank and I mix neatly together and I’m super stoked to catch my first national double ski title with Hank.”
Lovemore and his accomplice Bevan Manson took the silver medal, thirty seconds certain of the originate Cape crew of Kenny Rice and Stu MacLaren, who in turn needed to occupy off the blueprint back from eleven-times Dusi champ Andy Birkett and his East London coaching accomplice Matt Fenn.
East London schoolboys Jordan Fenn and Luke Swinney contributed to a successful weekend for the Border surfski paddlers by winning the junior bustle in a shut tussle with Josh Simpkins and Matthew Coetzer.
Michelle Burn added the ladies people’s S2 title to the S1 title she gleefully won on Saturday, partnering the rising talent teen Saskia Hockly to romp to a elated blueprint shut, finishing in 22nd dilemma general.
Burn showed her class and originate by winning the Wild Dogs incentive in the single ski bustle on Saturday, for finishing decrease than 15% off Hank McGregor’s winning time. She underscored that consequence by repeating that feat all all over again in the double ski bustle with Hockly on Sunday.
“It was provocative work from the open up,” said Burn. “Paddling with a group of guys, the budge was insane.
“We began to catch in actual fact drained however then fortunately after Umhlanga the wind picked up and we were ready to position our paddles down on about a runs.
“Saskia was this form of powerhouse in support,” Burn added.
Nix Birkett teamed up with East London coaching accomplice Jade Wilson to take care of the ladies people’s silver medals while the sturdy Cape aggregate of Candice Murray and Kira Bester added the bronze medals to their sturdy single ski outcomes from the day sooner than.
Umhlanga Rocks schoolgirls Valmajean Hockly and Julia McAllistar bagged the junior ladies title, in a attention-grabbing duel with every other Below 16 crew in Holly and Tannah Smith.
Adding extra swag to the McGregor haul from the weekend, Pippa McGregor and Quinton Rutherford raced superbly neatly to shut out an effortless victory in the combined double category.
Issued by Gameplan Media, written by Dave Macleod
SUMMARY OF RESULTS
FENN SA DOUBLE SURFSKI CHAMPS
1. Hank McGregor/Joshua Fenn 1: 26: 32
2. Hamish Lovemore/Bevan Manson 1: 27: 52
3.Kenny Rice/Stu MacLaren 1: 28: 28
4.Matt Fenn/Andy Birkett 1: 28: 58
5.Matt Bouman/Connor Botha 1: 29: 06
6.Gash Notten/Dom Notten 1: 30: 28
7.Jason Eckstrand/Richard Lowe 1: 30: 28
8.Dan Jacobs/Ian Dim 1: 32: 03
9.Gene Prato/Brandon van der Walt 1: 32: 25
10.Note Keeling/Hunter Houston 1: 32: 59
1. Michelle Burn/Saskia Hockly 1: 38: 45
2. Nix Birkett/Jade Wilson 1: 42: 33
3. Kira Bester/Candice Murray 1: 43: 35
4. Bridgitte Hartley/Tracey van Greunen 1: 47: 31
5. ValmaJean Hockly/Julia McAllistar 1: 49: 33
6. Holly Smith/Tannah Smith 1: 50: 33
McGregor and Burn wrap up national surfski title doubles