Under 18 paddler, Saskia Hockly won the women’s single ski honours outright and the double ski race saw a return to the water for former world champion, Hayley Nixon, at the Thule Season Starter that got the popular winter surfski series under way on Sunday, 18 April 2021.

Nixon, who has been away from her paddles since the birth of her daughter Emma last year, found a willing ally in Hilary Bruss and they took the overall line honours in the women’s racing.

Backing up Hockly’s result, under 16 paddler Tannah Smith also raced onto the women’s overall podium, underscoring the depth of talent emerging from the junior surfski ranks at present.

The series takes a break next weekend as all eyes focus on Robben Island for the Freedom Paddle, before the second series race takes place on the long weekend at the beginning of May.


Overall Women’s Line Honours:
1. Hayley Nixon/Hilary Bruss 53:13.33
2. Saskia Hockly 53:16.56
3. Tannah Smith 58:55.27
4. Olivia Woodburn/Sarah Jones 1:02:00.95
5. Nicki Irvine/Kate Frost 1:30:00.00

Winter Surfski Series 2021
Sunday 2nd May – Race 2 – Marine (8km /16km)
Sunday 16th May – Race 3 – Marine (9km / 18km)
Sunday 30th May – Bay Union King of the Bay (9km / 21km)
Saturday 12th June – Pirates – Umhlanga – Pirates (26km)
Saturday 26th / Sunday 27th June – Scottburgh2Brighton (47km)


Photo 1 Caption: Teenager Saskia Hockly won the women’s single ski race at the Thule Season Starter, the first leg of the Winter Surfski Series on Sunday morning, while the overall women’s line honours went to Hilary Bruss and Hayley Nixon, marking her return racing after the birth of her child. Photo: Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media


With editing by gsport