Top local performer Nikki Mocké overcame Plettenberg Bay based Michéle Eray (Team Jeep) and Durban’s Michelle Burn (Team Jeep) to claim the Cape Town Downwind, the final leg of the Oceanpaddler World Series and the South African S1 Surfski Champs.
“It definitely came as a bit of a surprise for me but it was just great to be out there and having a neck and neck battle the whole way,” said Mocké.
“With Michéle’s injury and me having a nine month old baby both she and I have had a bit of time out of competitive paddling but it was great to be able to battle it out against her again.”
“I got away early but I was going a little too quickly to feel comfortable and I knew in these conditions I’d need quite a bit of energy to catch the runs so I eased off a little and then Mich and I diced it out for much of the way.”
“I took quite a shallow line, probably because I was so busy focusing on catching runs than where I was going but fortunately Mich came with me and I was able to come home first which is great,” she added.
A competitive junior field was led home by Amy Hare followed by Kirsten Flanagan and Candice Murray.
Monday sees the doubles component of the SA Surfski Champs The battle is expected to be dominated by the pairing of Nikki Mocké and Michéle Eray however they will have to overcome a strong challenge from Michele Burn and Danica Barthio and the rest of the women’s field.
The SA S2 Surfski Champs takes place at 12h00 on Monday 17 December from Miller’s Point to Fish Hoek.
More info can be found here.
Summary of Results – Fish Hoek Surfski Festival Cape Town Downwind and SA S1 Surfski Championships Overall 1. Nikki Mocké 1:19.25 2. Michéle Eray 1:19.56 3. Michelle Burn 1:20.47 4. Kim van Gysen 1:24.27 5. Angie Mouden 1:24.38 6. Bianca Beavitt 1:25.33 7. Danica Bartho 1:26.03 8. Chloe Bunnett 1:26.15 9. Kerry Louw 1:26.45 10 .Nikki Russell 1:27.20 Junior Girls 1. Amy Hare 1:28.00 2. Kirsten Flanagan 1:29.20 3. Candice Murray 1:39.39