Another SA Champion chasing World Number 1, seeks sponsor


Cape Town, South Africa – Champion surfski paddler Kira Bester has clinched the Female Open Singles title at the prestigious Biogen Pete Marlin Surfski Race, which doubled as this year’s South African Championships. She now commences her journey to improve upon her current world number 2 position as she competes in the world championships. The Springboks have illuminated a fire of patriotism and unity across the country, as the SA champ sets her sights firmly on becoming the world number one. 

She will be departing for Hong Kong to participate in the Steelcase Dragon Run Paddle race. This marks the beginning of a challenging series of global competitions, including the world-renowned Shaw and Partners Race Week in Perth, Australia, a grueling succession of five races determining the overall standing.

The culmination of Bester’s racing calendar is the ICF 2023 Ocean Racing World Championship in Perth, followed by the defense of her title at the Cape Point Challenge in Cape Town. Known for her tenacity, Bester is the reigning female champion of this 52km race, which is considered one of the most demanding on the circuit.

The 22-year-old Cape Town native, celebrated for her athletic prowess and determination, outpaced a robust lineup of contenders to secure her SA victory this weekend with a substantial lead. Bester’s performance in the 22km race, extending from Orient Beach to Yellow Sands in East London, not only highlighted her dominance in the sport but also marked her as South Africa’s premier female surfski athlete.

Bester, who led the pack from the onset, completed the race with a lead exceeding three minutes ahead of her closest competitor, showcasing her exceptional skill and strategic acumen. The victory is a significant milestone in her burgeoning career and sets a solid foundation for her upcoming international endeavors.

“I’m elated about the win and the national title,” said Bester. “The race was a critical part of my preparation for the eight international surfski races I’m about to undertake. The competition was a test of speed, endurance, and mental toughness, all of which I will need as I face the world’s best.”

However, the journey to global success comes with substantial financial challenges. To sustain her competitive endeavors and capitalize on the momentum of her recent triumph, Bester is seeking the support of the community and potential sponsors. Her goal is not only to compete but to excel and bring international acclaim to South Africa by ascending to the top of the world rankings.

“This is more than just competing; it’s about reaching the pinnacle of surfski racing and showcasing the spirit and talent of South Africa on a world stage,” Bester explains. “The international exposure from these races is crucial, and I hope it will open doors for sponsorship opportunities that can support my journey in the coming year.”

The call is out for businesses and corporate sponsors to rally behind Kira Bester as she endeavors to represent South Africa on the global stage. With the spirit of a champion and the heart of a warrior, Bester is not just racing for titles, but for the pride of a nation eager to see its athletes shine.

Contributions towards Kira’s campaign will fund her participation in international races, including travel, accommodation, and entry fees. As a beacon of inspiration, Kira Bester is poised to make waves in the world of surfski racing, but she needs the support of a community that believes in the power of dreams and the drive of its athletes.

For those interested in supporting Kira’s quest for global dominance and benefiting from association with a rising South African sports star, please contact:

Dean McCoubrey


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