Canoeing

Paarl’s paddling Pietersen pursues Berg personal best

Paarl Canoe Development Programme assistant coach and regular Berg River Canoe Marathon competitor, Jermaine Pietersen is eager to sees his ninth attempt at the race earn him a maiden top ten finish when he tackles the four day event from Paarl to Velddrif from 13-16 July. Kassie Karsten/
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Paarl – Jermaine Pietersen is aiming to achieve a maiden top ten finish at this year’s Berg River Canoe Marathon when he tackles the four day challenge from Paarl to Velddrif from 13 to 16 July, the pinnacle event of his annual canoeing calendar. “I’ve been training for this year’s Berg since October last year because 240 kilometres is a ...

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Positive Hartley looking for World Cup improvement

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Durban – The recent ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup in Duisburg, Germany was a disappointing one for London Olympic bronze medallist Bridgitte Hartley who managed a consolation K1 Women’s 500m C-final victory and is now looking forward to setting the record straight at the World Cup second leg in the Czech Republic this weekend. As Hartley continues her preparations for ...

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Birkett steals the headlines at KZN Marathon Champs field

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Pietermaritzburg – Andy Birkett bagged the elusive double gold at the KwaZulu-Natal Marathon Canoeing Champs at Camps Drift on the weekend, pleased that the success heralded the end of a frustrating month leading up to the event. With the SA Champs just three weeks away Birkett stamped his authority on the event by winning the K1 gold on Saturday in ...

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Doubles dice concludes 2016 Bay Union Surfski Series

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Durban – Hank McGregor and Lee Furby clinched the win at the Bay Union Doubles Race at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club on Sunday, bringing down the curtain on the 2016 Bay Union Surfski Series while Kyeta Purchase and Tamryn McKie as well as Jenna Ward and Luke Nisbet won the women’s and mixed race crowns. After the series’ fourth leg ...

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Paddle For the Planet gets behind novel river cleaning system

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Durban – Having raised R60 000 during the 2015 Paddle for the Planet programme, the innovative environmental awareness and fundraiser has teamed up with the Dusi Umgeni Conservation Trust (DUCT) and MACE Labs to introduce the ground-breaking Booms, Bins and Bags project to help clean up the Mngeni River. Dr Deborah Robertson-Andersson is the Director of MACE Labs and has ...

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Bouman dominates while Purchase steals it in Surf Challenge

Matt Bouman makes a strong start to the Lion of Africa Surf Challenge, race three of the 2016 Bay Union Surfski Series. Kevin Sawyer/
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Durban – Matt Bouman grabbed his first win in the Bay Union Surfski Series by taking advantage of superb weather conditions and his ingrained ability handling the surf to win the novel Lion of Africa Surf Challenge, while junior Kyeta Purchase pulled off a stunning come-from-behind move to take the women’s title. Bouman (Epic Kayaks) had to assert himself early ...

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2016 Berg River Canoe Marathon

The Berg River Canoe Marathon from 13 to 16 July takes the paddlers from Paarl, through the Winelands into the Swartland and down to the Cape West Coast. John Hishin/
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Entries have opened for the 55th edition of the Berg River Canoe Marathon, which takes place from Wednesday 13 July to Saturday 16 July 2016, preceded by the seeding time trial on Tuesday 12 July. The race, widely recognised as one of the toughest ultra-distance marathon canoeing events in the world, covers 240km over four stages from Paarl, heading north-west ...

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Krieger and Nixon take early surfski series lead

Hayley Nixon (Carbonology) impressively won the women's single ski title at the Bay Union Season Starter, race one of the 2016 Bay Union Surfski Series. Anthony Grote/
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Durban – Wade Krieger and Hayley Nixon bagged maximum log points in the series-opening Bay Union Season Starter at Addington Beach on Sunday, making the most of the benign ocean conditions to grind out wins against a big field of surfski enthusiasts. Krieger was drawn into a tussle with Herman Chalupsky at the front of the men’s single ski race, ...

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SA Canoe Polo Champs the focus at Shongweni

The South African Canoe Polo Championships will be taking place at Shongweni Dam just outside Hillcrest this weekend and promises to be an action-packed event from Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 April. Jane Ballot/Gameplan Media

Durban – Shongweni Dam comes back to life this weekend after brief respite after a busy sprint season when the South African Canoe Polo Championships take centre stage with the country’s top players converging on what should prove to be a competitive 2016 national competition from 16-17 April. The tournament includes powerhouses of South African Canoe Polo – KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng ...

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Bay Union Surfski Series fever engulfs Durban paddlers

Paddlers surf skills will again be tested at the Lion of Africa Surf challenge, race three the Bay Union Surfski Series. Topfoto/Gameplan Media

Durban – Hundreds of paddlers are expected to return to Durban’s ocean racing scene this Sunday when the annual five-leg Bay Union Surfski Series gets underway at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club, Addington Beach with the Bay Union Season Starter, signalling the start of the autumn surfski season. Organisers have done away with the traditional series log standings and prizes, paving ...

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