Lives: Durban, South Africa
Profession: Biokineticist, Fitness & Paddling Coach and Head of Vaikobi 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 was massive year for Hayley where she took her first World Championship win in Hong Kong and then Hayley backed it up with many victories in 2018 including her huge Molokai win!
Hayley established Vaikobi South Africa in 2018 and is loving bringing in her favourite paddling products to her home country.