SA surfski paddlers victorious at ICF world championships

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Michelle Burn won the women’s surfski world title at the ICF Ocean Racing World Championships at Lanzarote on Sunday.
Michelle Burn won the women’s surfski world title at the ICF Ocean Racing World Championships at Lanzarote on Sunday.
Lynne Hauptfleisch / Gameplan Media

South African surfski paddlers swept the boards at the ICF Ocean Racing world championships on the west African island of Lanzarote on Sunday, winning five world titles.

Nick Notten and Michelle Burn led the charge by taking the senior men’s and women’s world crowns.

The domination continued in the U23 race where Capetonian Uli Hart won men’s title, and finished second overall, while Jade Wilson added the women’s U23 title to her name.

Durban schoolgirl Saskia Hockly added a fifth world title to the Team SA haul when she won the juniors girl’s world title with her younger sister Valma Jean joining her on the podium finishing third. Josh Smith added a further medal to the team haul when he finished second in the junior boy’s race.

Oscar Chalupsky.
SA paddler Nick Notten.
Nick Notten

In the masters age groups Oscar Chalupsky added a further gold medal by winning his age category, celebrating his return to competitive racing after a lengthy layoff to focus on his cancer treatment.

The domination of the medals by the small South African team will be cold comfort for the two-thirds of the national team that was unable to travel to Lanzarote for the global title deciders as they were unable to get visas. Only those athletes with second passports were able to make the trip.

European paddlers secured podium finishes in many of the classes, taking full advantage of the absence of the Australian and New Zealand paddlers that have historically featured regularly amongst the medals.


Summary of results

Senior Men

1. Nicky Notten (RSA)

2. Victor Doux

Senior Women

1. Michelle Burn (RSA)

2. Ana Swetish

3. Judit Xifra

U23 Men

1. Uli Hart (RSA)

2. Pierre Vilella

3. Jorge Guterria

U23 Women

1. Jade Wilson (RSA)

2. Roisin Cahill

3. Irene Gana Fernandez

Junior women

1. Saskia Hockly (RSA)

2. Claire DeWaste

3. Valmajean Hockly (RSA)

Masters E

1. Oscar Chalupsky (RSA)

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