Hayley Nixon added the SA double surfski title to the single ski crown she won on Saturday, racing to victory with Chloë Bunnett at the Pete Marlin race, while the reigning marathon K2 world champion crew of Hank McGregor and Andy Birkett took the men’s title. Euro Steel teammates Birkett and McGregor were made to work for their victory, Birkett’s first SA surfski title, a matter of weeks after he won the SA K1 River title at the Hansa Fish, by the crews of Stu MacLaren and Kenny Rice and the paring of Jasper Mocké and Nicky Notten. "It was close all the whole way. We managed to get a lead of less than a 100m but the other two boats were there every time I looked over my shoulder," said Birkett. The pair ground away, enjoying the excellent downwind conditions with strong 24-knot northwesterly winds and a 3m swell over the same course from Glen Eden to Nahoon beach that was used for the single ski race on Saturday. "It was such fun, and fast," said Birkett, who added that it was easy...

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