Lives: Durban, South Africa
Weapon of Choice: Carbonology Pulse
Favorite Vaikobi item: Vaikobi Ocean Racing PFD
Hayley Nixon is a biokineticist during work hours and a passionate paddler every other waking moment, married to a mad-keen fisherman, Paul Nixon.
Hayley, started paddling in 2013 after long 10 year career on the South Africa national rowing team in both pairs and sculling.
In both 2014 and 2015, Hayley raced at the World Canoe Marathon Champs in K2 but after World Ocean Racing Champs in Tahiti in 2015, she made the decision to focus heavily on the surfski.
This decision proved to be the right one because in 2016, Hayley had a massive year on tour and ultimately took out the World Surfski Series finishing off with two big wins at the Perth Doctor and the Cape Point Challenge.
2017 is shaping up as a big year for Hayley where her goals are to get back on to the South African Canoe Marathon Team for World Champs in South Africa, before then building up to challenge for the World Surfski Title in Hong Kong in November.
Vaikobi is super stoked to have Hayley on the team and we are looking forward to following her progress this year!