Team Jeep’s Michelle Burn clinched a comfortable victory despite tricky ocean and wind conditions en route to her series’ opening victory, in the first of the three encounters in the new winter Bay Union Surfski Series, on Sunday, 5 May, 2013, in Durban.
Having recently claimed her maiden senior SA surfski title, Burn continued her winning ways when she crushed the rest of the women’s field. “It was pretty tough out there today with the wind and the swell coming from different directions.
“You almost had to half go with the wind and half with the runs which meant it was really tough and a good hard slog throughout. It wasn’t a day for wave riding, so if you felt strong you just had to go for it!
“I’d been working really hard ahead of SA Champs and that was always going to be my benchmark, now everything is all about getting ready for World Champs but paddles like today’s are really great training and I’d definitely still like to try win the Bay Union Surfski Series as well.
“It was such a great family day out in typical winter conditions in Durban,” said race organiser Lewin. “It was also awesome to see all the new elements the Bay Union Surfski Series has put in place working so well and being so warmly received by everyone.
The Bay Union Surf Challenge, race two of the Bay Union Surfski Series, takes place on Sunday 7 July at 08h00 at Addington Beach. More info can be found at www.pitchandpaddle.co.za
Leading Long Course Results of the Bay Union Grading Race, Race One of the Bay Union Surfski Series: 1. Michelle Burn 55.50 2. Natalie Beuster 1:00.50 3. Jenna Ward 1:01.39