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Favourites flourish at Freedom Day surfski classic

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Cape Town – Pre-race favourites Hank McGregor and Andy Birkett took full advantage of sublime conditions to race away with the overall title at the Freedom Paddle around Robben Island on Saturday morning, while Hayley Nixon won her second title as she and partner Michelle Burn wrapped up the women’s title. A record field took off from the Oceana Powerboat ...

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McGregor & Nixon do the national surfski double

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Durban – Following their double ski wins on Saturday at the Freedom Paddle, Durban-based surfski stars Hank McGregor and Hayley Nixon won the men’s and women’s singles titles respectively at the Strand on Sunday. After Saturday’s relatively mild conditions Sunday’s sea off the Strand was completely benign which made the race a slog for the paddlers. Sunday’s singles race took ...

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World champ confirms her partner for Freedom Paddle

Reigning surfski world champion Hayley Nixon (front) has confirmed Michelle Burn as her partner for the second edition of the Freedom Paddle on Saturday 27 April. Anthony Grote/
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Cape Town – The women’s race for the 2019 edition of the Freedom Paddle surfski race around Robben Island on 27 April has been shaken up by the confirmation that the defending champions have split up, and current world champ Hayley Nixon has done a deal to reform her partnership with Michelle Burn that took them to the top five ...

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Massive year for SA sprinters as Olympics looms

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Durban – The Canoeing South Africa sprint committee has turned to innovation and long-term planning as they embark on a jam-packed calendar of events in 2019 with paddlers and federations looking beyond this year towards the 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. From a South African perspective there have been a number of programmes and events put in place which will ...

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Unbelievable finish ends memorable 2019 Dusi

An incredible end sprint in the ladies race decided the title as Chrisite Mackenzie (right) pipped Tamika Haw (left) to the line on day three of the 2019 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon on Saturday. Anthony Grote/
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Durban – An incredible end sprint saw Christie Mackenzie win her first FNB Dusi Crown from a valiant Tamika Haw while Andy Birkett fought illness to claim his ninth Dusi title at Blue Lagoon on Saturday afternoon. The ladies race was always going to be a tight tussle into Durban with neither Mackenzie nor Haw giving an inch. The pair ...

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Terence Parkin tops a day of Dusi heroics

Deaf Olympic star Terence Parkin struggling on crutches on a portage on the first day of the FNB Dusi while his K2 partner Mark Mulder carries their boat on his own. Jason Parker/
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Pietermaritzburg – On a day when war stories were a dime a dozen, there were no heroics to outshine the courage of Olympic medallist Terence Parkin on the first day of the 2019 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon on Thursday.   The three day canoeing classic forms the last part of an epic 1120km journey from Johannesburg that included road cycling, ...

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Bouman takes first win of 2019 Marine Series

Young Kyeta Purchase took her second win of the series at the Lettie Love Fund Surfski Challenge, race six of the 2019 Marine Surfski Series on Tuesday. Anthony Grote/ Gameplan Media

Durban – Race six of the 2019 Marine Surfski Series went off on its traditional pre-FNB Dusi Tuesday slot at the Lettie Love Fund Surfski Challenge and a brilliant field took part in the mid-week hit-out with Matt Bouman and Kyeta Purchase taking the men’s and women’s race wins. In what were the best conditions of the series to date, ...

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Berg rains herald the start of ‘Drak Season’

Canyon Kayak Club organisers have plans to expand the popular 'Drak Season' on the uMzimkhulu River in the build-up to the N3TC Drak Challenge, in partnership with FNB, on 19 and 20 January. Anthony Grote/
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Underberg – With entries for the N3TC Drak Challenge canoe marathon, in partnership with FNB, starting to arrive at the race office, paddlers are eyeing the arrival of the summer rains that herald the start of what has become known as “Drak Season” in the Southern Drakensberg. The organising club, Canyon Kayak Club, has expanded the events that make up ...

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Entries open for N3TC Drak Challenge

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Underberg – Entries have opened for the 26th edition of the N3TC Drak Challenge canoe marathon in the Southern Drakensberg on 19 and 20 January, with the event retaining its status on the International Canoe Federation’s Classic Series. With the approach of regular summer rainfalls paddlers are eyeing the water levels in the popular 62km stretch of the Umzimkhulu River ...

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