Surfski Paddler
Photo Credit: Kira Bester

Surfski Paddler Kira Bester flows with victory. She has won multiple titles both locally and internationally, and now has her sights on becoming a World Champion:


Cape Town, South Africa (28 January 2024) — Kira Bester is a name that many more South Africans should know. From winning titles both locally and abroad to her fierce determination to win the Open title in the 2024 World Championships, this 22-year-old Surfski paddler and powerhouse is all about going against the current of the ordinary.

Kira has celebrated her flow of victory over the past few years, with 2023 being a smash hit of success. Last year (among other achievements) she won the Gorge Downwind Paddle in the USA, the Breede River Race, the Biogen SA Surfski Nationals and the Hong Kong Steelcase Dragon Run.

Not to mention, she competed in the ICF Ocean Racing World Championships in Perth where she emerged victorious as the under-23 World Champion!

Kira’s accomplishments are obvious feathers in South Africa’s cap, yet they are not nearly noted enough.

According to Dean McCoubrey who is helping spotlight her achievements, she needs a lot of support to continue her journey and paddle her way to the World Title.

“The international exposure from these races is crucial,” Kira says of her sport. 

Currently, she is coaching part-time in Fish Hoek whilst completing her studies at the University of Cape Town in Environmental Science.

The big call now is for fundraising support for her next rally, the ICF Surfski World Championships set for Madeira this year, as well as other events, including the Malaysia International Race.

Any sponsors who are ready to back an unsung South African superstar can discuss more with her mom Carika. Please email here for Carika’s contact details.

Sources: Dean McCoubrey
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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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