McGregor and Purchase wrap up Wall & Back titles
Durban – With conditions set fair for the eighth and final race of the 2015 Illovo Suncoast Pirates Wall and Back Surfski Series it was the familiar face of Hank McGregor who powered to his fifth, and ultimately series clinching, win whilst junior Kyeta Purchase managed to sew up the ladies series at Suncoast Pirates on Friday evening.
In what has been another exciting instalment of the Wall and Back series Euro Steel/Epic Kayak’s McGregor has been in a ding-dong battle with fellow Durban surfski stalwart Matt Bouman however it as the former who was too strong for the extended field on Friday.
As is customary at Suncoast Pirates the shore break took no prisoners and made it difficult heading out and coming in however with some balmy conditions past the backline it was always going to be a slog to the harbour wall and back.
Series stalwart Barry Lewin played his part in the resurrection of the Wall and Back series in 2013 and following solid years of competition makes mention to the fact that it is one of the tougher series in Durban.
“The Wall and Back Series definitely caters to hard core paddling enthusiast,” he mentioned. “It has always been a series that throws all sorts of challenges as paddlers and conditions are never 100 percent downwind which makes it a good test.”
Lewin, who won the mixed doubles with Carly Davidson on Friday, was able to watch the racing up ahead of him and commented that it was another hard race for the top paddlers.
“With balmy conditions on Friday it was always going to be a close race and Hank managed to edge out Matt and Wade in another good, solid race.
“Kyeta also managed to wrap up the ladies series with another finish which just goes to show how well she is coming along as a surfski paddler.
“The Pirates Thumper turned out to be a bit of a problem for some but it was another great race and great series,” a satisfied Lewin added.
The doubles race was another tightly fought affair with Jason Ekstrand and Richard Lowe proving too good for the rest of the field as they managed to fight off Quinton Rutherford and Lee Furby for the win.
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SUMMARY OF RESULTS – ILLOVO SUNCOAST PIRATES WALL AND BACK SURFSKI SERIES
1.Hank McGregor 32.26
2.Matt Bouman 32.54
3.Wade Krieger 33.17
4.Luke Nisbet 34.34
5.Gene Prato 35.12
1.Kyeta Purchase 41.54
1.Bailey de Foundemeire 36.26
2.Malec Odendaal/Tahine Buys 40.03
1.Kyeta Purchase 41.54
1.Jason Ekstrand/Richard Lowe 34.20
2.Quinton Rutherford/Lee Furby 34.57
3.Zoog Haynes/Craig Turton 35.50
1.Barry Lewin/Carly Davidson 39.19
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