The 15th and 16th November saw the much anticipated start of the Daikin Surf Ski Series. As part of the Summer of Surf the ski series will be televised on FOX Sports for the first time in Surf Life Saving history. Elite ski paddlers were anxious to prove that they were the one to beat this season, and were keen to get as many point to their name in the first two rounds as they could. The strength of both the men’s and women’s field ensured that the competitors had to battle it out right to the end to claim victory.
Four time Australian Ski Champion Lachlan ‘Loccy’ Tame stamped his authority in the men’s event claiming first position on both days. This will put him in a great position in his bid to become the first ever Daikin Surf Ski Series Champion. However the star had to work hard to beat Nick Gale in round two, who has proven to be one to watch over the season. Loccy revealed “that was an extremely tough race with such an impressive line up. I really had to work hard to catch Nick, but luckily I managed to get him at the end”.
In the women’s event it was local Alexandra Headland young gun Alyssa Bull that claimed the win for round one of the Daikin Surf Ski Series. With the hometown crowd Bull was pleased to walk away on the top of the leader board after day one. After making the decision to concentrate on ski paddling and kayaking, Alyssa’s ski paddling has lifted to a new level. Round two saw Nutri-Grain ironwoman Devon Halligan, with a renownedly impressive ski leg, rise to the top. After a close battle with Amy Nurthen, Halligan was able to narrowly claim victory.
The Coffs Harbour Craft Carnival on the 29th November will host round three of the Daikin Surf Ski Series, which is sure to bring just as much excitement. The athletes will be keen to defend their current position or will be looking to improve, and will be desperate for a win.
Chech out all of the Summer of Surf Alex Headlands action on Fox Sports. Broadcasting on the 6th and 13th Dec with plenty of replays throughout the weeks.