Russell Grabs Surfski Challenge Gold in Durban

Varsity College's Nikki Russell surged to the front of the women's race as she claimed victory in the Hi Q Surfski Challenge, race nine of the Varsity College Marine Surfski Series. Photo: Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media

Varsity College's Nikki Russell surged to the front of the women's race as she claimed victory in the Hi Q Surfski Challenge, race nine of the Varsity College Marine Surfski Series. Photo: Anthony Grote/ Gameplan MediaWith the Varsity College Marine Surfski Series nearing completion paddlers caught up in various battles through the ranks tackled Friday evening’s Hi Q Surfski Challenge, the penultimate race of the ten leg affair, with a resurgent Nikki Russell powering her way to the front of the field to claim a confidence-boosting victory, ahead of Danica Bartho and Jenna Venter.

Most notable, though, was the absence of series defending champ Michelle Burn, currently in the Western Cape ahead of this weekend’s Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, and hence means her ability to one again challenge for this year’s title have all but gone out the window as she looks set to fall one short of the six results that count towards the overall series standings.

The doubles title was claimed by the experienced pairing of Gavin Searle and Derek Hauptfleisch with Jean-Luc Mauvis and Kerry Segal finishing shortly behind them as the first mixed double across the line.

Epworth’s young river talent Jordan Peek powered her way to the front of the junior girls field in a rare surfski outing.

Race tenth and final leg of the Varsity College Marine Surfski Series, the Varsity College Surfski Challenge as well as the Varsity College SA Schools Surfski Champs, take place on Friday 15 March with all the action getting underway at the usual 17h30.

More info can be found at www.marineseries.co.za

 
Leading Results for the Women Singles (Long Course) Hi Q Surfski Challenge, Race Nine of the Varsity College Marine Surfski Series, on Friday, 8 March, 2013:
1. Nikki Russell 35.16
2. Danica Bartho 35.40
3. Jenna Venter 37.16
Singles – Junior Girls:
1. Jordan Peek 41.07
2. Savannah van Rooyen 43.16
3. Jordan Taylor (U16) 48.23
 
Leading Results for the Women Singles (Long Course) IT Works Surfski Challenge, Race Eight of the Varsity College Marine Surfski Series, on Friday, 1 March, 2013:
1. Michelle Burn 42.09
2. Nikki Russell 42.59
3. Jenna Ward 45.49
Singles – Junior Girls:
1. Savannah van Rooyen 55.17
 
Leading Results for the Women Singles (Long Course) Dion Wired Surfski Challenge, Race Seven of the Varsity College Marine Surfski Series, on Friday, 22 February, 2013:
1. Michelle Burn 42.12
2. Nikki Russell 44.36
3. Danica Bartho 45.49
Singles – Junior Girls:
1. Terri-Lee Prato 1:13.14
 
Leading Results for the Women Singles (Long Course) Hansa Surfski Challenge, Race Six of the Varsity College Marine Surfski Series, on Tuesday, 12 February, 2013:
1. Michelle Burn 40.32
2. Nikki Russell 42.20
3. Tiffany Kruger 43.00
Singles – Junior Girls:
1. Savannah van Rooyen 58.13
 
Leading Results at the Hansa Surfski Challenge, on Saturday, 9 February, 2013:
1. Tiffany Kruger 38.37
2. Nikki Russell 39.00
3. Danica Bartho 39.42
Singles – Junior Girls:
1. Savannah van Rooyen 50.16
Doubles – Overall:
1. Matt Bouman/Keren Worlock 33.48
2. Quinton Rutherford/Kerry Segal 34.24
3. Hank McGregor/Pippa Elliott 34.43
 
Leading Results at the Thule Surfski Challenge, Race Four of the Varsity College Marine Surfski Series, on 2 February, 2013:
1. Tiffany Kruger 41.27
2. Nikki Russell 41.41
3. Danica Bartho 42.25
Singles – Junior Girls:
1. Savannah van Rooyen 51.36
 
Leading Results at the Buddys Surfski Challenge, Race Three of the Varsity College Marine Surfski Series, on 26 January, 2013:
1. Tiffany Kruger 42.43
2. Jenna Ward 45.28
3. Julie Cornelius 46.13
Singles – Junior Girls:
1. Savannah van Rooyen 52.36
2. Tahne Bush 59.49
 
Leading Results at the Billy The Bums Surfski Challenge, Race Two of the Varsity College Marine Surfski Series, on 18 January, 2013:
1. Tiffany Kruger 43.20
2. Jenna Venter 43.25
3. Jacqui Boyd 46.55
Singles – Junior Girls:
1. Savannah van Rooyen 53.18
 
Leading Results at the Borland Surfski Challenge, Race One of the Varsity College Marine Surfski Series, on 14 January, 2013:
1. Michelle Burn 40.50
2. Danica Bartho 41.26
3. Tiffany Kruger 41.39
4. Jenna Ward 43.25
5. Bob Oppermann 46.49
Singles – Junior Girls:
1. Savannah van Rooyen 50.42
2. Tahne Bush 55.56

 

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