Wessels pips Viaene at stormy SA Waveski Champs


Jongensfontein – Capetonian Mike Wessels walked away with the national title at the Macski South African Waveski Championships after a fierce tussle with Border star Bruce Viaene. With the cold front whipping up storm surf midway through the three days of competition, conditions challenged the athletes with a large and often unpredictable wave peeling into the bay. The second day ...

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2019 Hansa Fish set for another cracking affair


Cradock – The 38th edition of the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon will sees the country’s strongest K2 combinations line up for a shot at the South African River Marathon Championship titles this Friday and Saturday. The two-day 82km showdown is often seen as the pinnacle of river marathon paddling in South Africa and with the added spice of a ...

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Louw brothers bag their first Breede crown


Robertson – Brothers Ryan and Greg Louw completed their domination of the tough two-day Breede River Canoe Marathon, winning the 52nd edition of this iconic race in bitterly low river conditions. They started the shortened 17km final stage from Riggton Farm to Drew Bridge with the Under 23 speedsters Alan Houston and Stew Little on their wave, but the Louw ...

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Biggest party in paddling filling up


Cradock – With just over three weeks to go until the 38th edition of the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon gets underway and race entries are streaming into race HQ as paddlers finalise their plans for their annual sojourn to the Klein Karoo from 27-28 September. Entries spread over the long course and short course K1, K2 and K3 categories ...

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New women’s K2 crew of Van Gysen and Mackenzie lay down a marker


Robertson – With provincial K2 titles on the line and a packed month of major canoeing events looming, the race for the women’s title at the Breede Rive Canoe Marathon on 7 and 8 September will see the untested combination of experienced paddlers Christie Mackenzie and Kim Van Gysen starting as the crew to beat. Mackenzie, who rose to prominence when ...

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Ward and Purchase up for Fish challenge


Cradock – 2019 will be a far cry from Jenna Ward and Kyeta Purchase’s first Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon together four years ago when they take on the two day roller coaster from Grassridge Dam to the Cradock Sports Complex on 27 and 28 September. 2015 saw Purchase taking on her first river marathon a week after she had ...

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Masters Sandberg and Basson back for another Breede

Hubby Sandberg (back) and JT Basson will return to race the Breede Marathon on 7 and 8 September with a combined 62 Breede medals between them.
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Robertson – In amongst the big field of K2s that will be taking to the water for the annual Breede River Canoe Marathon on 7 and 8 September will be a low key crew of seasoned paddlers Hubby Sandberg and JT Basson, who will start with a staggering 62 Breede medals between them. The grey-haired masters have much in common ...

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Birkett and Beavitt crowned inaugural Push And Pull Paddle champions

Paddler prepare to start the 16km final stage of the Bamboo Warehouse Push And Pull Paddle on Sunday on a full Berg River. John Hishin/
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Paarl – World marathon champion Andy Birkett claimed the inaugural Bamboo Warehouse Push And Pull Paddle canoe marathon title on the Berg River while Bianca Beavitt wrapped up the women’s equivalent in emphatic style. Birkett started the final 15 kilometre stage from Blou Porselein to Delsma Guest Farm with a 47 second lead in the bank, and powered away on ...

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Push And Pull Paddle honours women on Women’s Day


Paarl – With a big field assembled for the inaugural Bamboo Warehouse Push And Push Paddle on the Berg River from 9 to 11 August, the organisers have afforded special privileges to all the female paddlers on the first day of the race that coincides with national women’s day. The three-day event starts with a 16 kilometre stage from Val ...

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