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McGregor gets onto 2015 Durban Downwind scoreboard

Jeep Team/Epic Kayaks' Hank McGregor stormed to a comfortable victory the Zurich Pirates Umhlanga Pirates, race three of the 2015 FNB Durban Downwind Surfski Series. Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

Durban – South African paddling great Hank McGregor notched up his first win of the 2015 FNB Durban Downwind Surfski Series on Saturday when clinched victory in the Zurich Pirates Umhlanga Pirates clash while rowing convert Hayley Arthur claimed the women’s spoils. Having missed the five-leg series’ first two encounters on KZN’s South Coast McGregor was eager to put in ...

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2015 Berg laden with top quality international paddlers

Australian paddler Brendan Rice is no foreigner to South African rivers having tackled the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon in 2014 however he realises that the Berg River Canoe Marathon will be a completely different kettle of fish when the race gets underway in Paarl from 15-18 July. Jetline Action Photo/Gameplan Media

Paarl – With rumours abound that the 2015 Berg River Canoe Marathon could be one of the most competitive yet, the stakes have been raised with a number of international stars set to converge on the Western Cape to take on the gruelling four-day race from Paarl to Veldrif on the West Coast from 15 to 18 July. The five ...

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Dusi Darling opts out of 2015 Berg clash

Euro Steel/Red Bull's Sbonelo Khwela has opted out of this year's Berg River Canoe Marathon that takes place from 15-18 July due to race's notoriously cold and harsh weather conditions and will instead focus his energies on preparing for the Avon Descent in Australia in August. Mouton van Zyl/
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Paarl – 2014 Dusi Canoe Marathon winner and former Berg River Canoe Marathon top 10 finisher Sbonelo Khwela has confirmed he will not tackle this year’s four day, 240km race from Paarl to Velddrif on the West Coast. The 27 year-old sensation, who stole the hearts of many of the paddling fraternity during his fairytale Dusi effort in 2013 before ...

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Lewin snatches dramatic Five Beaches win

Barry Lewin overtook Wade Krieger to win the Seabreeze Built it Five Beaches, race two of the 2015 FNB Durban Downwind Surfski Series. Kevin Sawyer/
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Amanzimtoti – Barry Lewin took full advantage of a mishap right on the finish line to sneak a win over Wade Krieger in the Seabreeze Built it Five Beaches Surf ski race on Sunday, the second race of the five leg 2015 FNB Durban Downwind Surfski Series. Krieger had been the dominant paddler throughout the 20km race from Wydenham to ...

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Abby Solms confirms for Berg women’s title defence

Abby Solms has committed to returning to defend the Berg River Canoe Marathon women's' title that she won on debut last year. John Hishin/Gameplan Media

Cape Town – After blitzing her way to a maiden Berg River Canoe Marathon on debut last year, Abby Solms has confirmed that she will return to try and defend her crown over the tough four day, 240km outing from Paarl to Velddrif from 15 to 18 July. Solms, still better known as Abby Adie prior to her marriage earlier ...

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Brandon van der Walt adopts wait-and-see Berg outlook

After winning the two-day Pink Lady race on the weekend Under 23 star Brandon van der Walt says he is uncertain about whether he will commit to racing the full Berg River Canoe Marathon from 15 to 18 July.

Cape Town – Former junior World Marathon Champ Brandon van der Walt raced to victory in the Pink Lady two-day race on the Berg River on the weekend, but says he is undecided about committing to his debut on the tough four-day Berg River Canoe Marathon from 15 to 18 July. The format of the Pink Lady race was chopped and ...

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Scottburgh kick starts all-new Durban Downwind Surfski Series

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Durban – Surfski paddlers the province over are excitedly readying themselves for this weekend’s Halfway Toyota Scottburgh Classic as the South Coast race signals the start of the newly launched five-race FNB Durban Downwind Surfski Series. Renowned for its pristine winter ocean paddling conditions, KwaZulu-Natal is considered by many to be the surfski mecca of the world with the newly ...

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Birkett and Hartley wrap up SAK1 double

Senior women's champion Bridgitte Hartley comes into a portage during the SA Marathon Championships K1 races at Camps Drift. -  Anthony Grote/
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Pietermaritzburg – Andy Birkett grabbed his first senior SA K1 Marathon title in a thrilling three boat showdown with World Champions Hank McGregor and Jasper Mocké, while his girlfriend and Olympic medallist Brigitte Hartley mirrored his achievement by winning the women’s title convincingly. Birkett delivered a deadly end sprint that saw him come off the wave of McGregor and cross ...

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McGregor scoops Athlete of the Year Award at World Paddle Awards

Hank McGregor claims his fourth flatwater marathon world title in Oklahoma City last year. - Balint Vekassy/
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Pietermaritzburg – While the canoeing community celebrates Hank McGregor winning the Athlete of the Year at the inaugural World Paddle Awards in Germany on the weekend, canoeing officials are hoping that this will be the start of a golden period for South African paddling with the eyes of paddling world shifting to South Africa with the Marathon World Championships coming ...

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The Highveld set for SA Sprint Champs

2014 Sprint World Champs bronze medallist Bridgitte Hartley will lead the charge at the upcoming South African Sprint Championships being held at the Roodeplaat Dam in Johannesburg over the Easter Weekend from 3-5 April.  - Balint Vekassy/
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Johannesburg – At the start of a crucial Olympic qualifying cycle the South African sprint canoeing championships at Roodeplaat Dam over the Easter weekend from 3-5 April have pivotal importance to the best racers in the country, compounded by the inclusion of a team of elite sprinters from Singapore. With a stellar entry list that includes 2012 Olympic bronze medallist ...

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