Name and age (2016):
Nikki Russell, 26
Which paddling disciplines do you compete in? Eg. Surfski, river marathon, flat-water marathon, flat water sprint, S.U.P etc:
Surfski and flat water marathon paddling
Pete Marlin, because the race takes place in East London my hometown which I am very proud of.
What about paddling keeps you paddling ?
I am passionate about the sport and find so much joy and freedom in hitting a downwind or going for a paddle on the river.
Were (or are you) a champ at any other sport?
I represented SA schools in both hockey and water polo at a school level and represented my province for surfing and Biathlon in my spare time.
Why paddling above the other sports ?
I love the ocean, the paddling community is wonderful and I find competing in this discipline (surfski and marathons) a constant but awesome challenge.
Greatest paddling achievement ( or top 3!)
Winning SA Surfski Champs and completing the Da Real Richards Bay to Pirates 4 day race.
Most memorable life achievement outside of paddling:
Completing my degree with a distinction! 🙂
What is your favourite MOCKE product, why?
I love all of my Mocke Products but my favourite would be my PFD which I use everyday. It is the lightest, most comfortable and reliable PFD, making racing in it a pleasure!