South African surfski paddlers hit the headlines in Hawaii as Hayley Nixon won the women’s race of the Maui Jim Molokai Challenge, and Hank McGregor and Jasper Mocké raced onto the men’s podium in second and third respectively.
Nixon (Shaw and Partner/Euro Steel/Carbonology), racing in her first ever start at the 53 kilometre crossing of the fabled Channel of Bones, broke the women’s course record in the process, and said she was elated at the achievement.
Nixon, the reigning world women’s surfski champion, finished two minutes ahead of the classy Kiwi Rachel Clarke, with Australian Jordan Mercer another two minutes further back.
McGregor (Fenn/Euro Steel) was locked in a fierce duel with Australian star Corey Hill, which he lost by thirty seconds, with fellow South African Jasper Mocké (Euro Steel/Epic Kayaks) taking the last spot on the podium.
SUMMARY OF RESULTS
MAUI JIM MOLOKAI CHALLENGE
1. Corey Hill (Aus) 3:15:09
2. Hank McGregor (RSA) 3:15:39
3. Jasper Mocké (RSA) 3:17:03
1. Hayley Nixon (RSA) 3:52:02
2. Rachel Clarke (NZL) 3:53:03
3. Jordan Mercer (AUS) 3:55:37