South Africa’s Bridgitte Hartley received a great birthday present after she cemented her place on top of the women’s standings with a second win at the Bay Union Open Ocean Surfski Challenge in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, on Sunday, 14 July.
Hartley outlasted both Jenna Ward and Kyeta Purchase in the rolling swells, but did admit that the race was not an easy task.
“It was a tough race and I decided to go out hard from the start again and stay on some of the men’s waves.” – Bay Union Surfski Series Log Leader, Bridgitte Hartley
“On the return leg I managed to catch quite a few runs and track from left to right, which helped me to take the win again,” said Hartley in a media release after her victory.
Her competitors on the day saw Ward coming in at second, ahead of Kyeta and Australian Under-23 paddler, Montannah Murray.
The Races Are Set to Continue Next Week Sunday Morning
The third race of the Sunday morning series next week will see off the Geriastskis Doubles Race, with the six-kilometre short course, as well as the twelve-kilometre long course races.
Summary of Results at the Durban Leg of the Bay Union Surfski Series, on Sunday, 14 July, 2019:
1.Bridgitte Hartley 52:48
2.Jenna Ward 55:57
3.Kyeta Purchase 56:00
4.Montannah Murray 58:41
5.Lyn Bennett 1:00:20
2019 Bay Union Open Ocean Surfski Series Calendar:
Race Three – Geriastskis Doubles Race 21 July 2019
Race Four – Geriatskis Team Relay Race 8 July
Photo 1 Caption: Bridgitte Hartley races away alone to claim the women’s race honours at the Citadel Race, the second leg of the 2019 Bay Union Open Ocean Surfski Challenge. Photo: Lynne Hauptfleisch/Gameplan Media