Nicole Russell surfs to victory in the 2015 Marine Surfski Series
Nicole Russell surfs to victory in the 2015 Marine Surfski Series

Name and age (2016):

Nikki Russell, 26


Student (Post-grad)

Years paddling:


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

Favourite race:

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!