Massive year for SA sprinters as Olympics looms


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


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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SA titles add spice to tactical Breede Marathon


Robertson – Despite confronting the reality of a low river, a big field of paddlers will contest the 51st edition of the Breede River Canoe Marathon this weekend, with the added lure of national title up for grabs as the event doubles as the SA K2 River Championships. Earlier in the week the race organisers made the call to race ...

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Elation for Solomon & Boros after first Berg team title


Velddrif – Last year’s champion and runner-up Team Bamboo Warehouse’s Adrian Boros and Graeme Solomon made history when they became the first team to win the Berg River Canoe Marathon in Velddrif on Saturday. It was a day of records for 45 year-old Solomon who ended an incredible 17 year drought to win the race for a second time while ...

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McGregor and Nixon taste success at Open Ocean Surfski Series


Durban – Just a week after their victories in Mauritius Hank McGregor and Hayley Nixon tasted success at this year’s Bay Union Open Ocean Surfski Challenge when they won the men’s and women’s title at the twelve kilometre Citadel Race at Vetch’s Beach on Sunday, opening their accounts at the popular four-race winter series. With Durban being buffeted by an ...

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