Father/son Stewart pair excited for another Dusi quest


Pietermaritzburg – As many crews start their final preparations for the 2018 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon from 15-17 February, the father-and-son pair of Michael and Liam Stewart will be hoping to replicate their impressive top 50 performance in 2016. For father Michael, 2017 ended on a tough note after he tore his calf muscle on the final portage of the ...

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Ladies showdown to light up FNB Surfski Series

Euro Steel's Bridgitte Hartley has become a local on the sufski scene and expect her to push for overall series honours at the FNB Surfski Challenge on Friday, 12 January at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club. Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media

Durban – With arguably the strongest ladies field ever, the 2018 FNB Surfski Series will see the cream of the South Africa’s women ocean racers go head-to-head over the exciting ten race series starting on Friday, 12 January at Marine Surf Lifesaving Club. With two consecutive titles in the past two years, Hayley Nixon will be taking the 2018 series ...

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Siblings set to take each other on at Drak Challenge


Underberg – Brothers Alan and Andrew Houston and sisters Jordan and Cana Peek might be partners for the upcoming FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon in February, but come the N3TC Drak Challenge on 20 and 21 January they will be staunch adversaries on the uMzimkhulu River. “Drak is such a prestigious race in KZN, and my favourite K1 race of the ...

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Sweeping changes for Berg Canoe Marathon

Sweeping changes have been approved for the Berg River Canoe Marathon, including its conversion to a team event, and the scrapping of the pre-race time trial. John Hishin/
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Paarl – Sweeping changes have been made to the format of the iconic Berg River Canoe Marathon that will take place from Paarl to Velddrif from 11 to 14 July 2018, modernising the race and adapting to suggestions from its paddlers. The biggest change is the conversion of the race, which has been a solo challenge since its inception in ...

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Stanford initiative scoops a Jack Cheetham Award

The Rock the Boat Programme run by the Grootbos Foundation and Stanford Canoe Club recently won the runner-up award at the annual Jack Cheetham and Letsema Awards run annually by Murray and Roberts. Pictured are some of their paddlers from the Stanford River Festival earlier this year. Supplied/
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Durban – The Grootbos Foundation and the Stanford Canoe Club in the Overberg area in the Western are celebrating after winning the runner-up award for their ‘Rock the Boat’ initiative at the annual Jack Cheetham and Letsema Awards run annually by Murray and Roberts. The development programme provides canoeing skills and basic water safety to youngsters from the rural Overberg ...

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N3TC Drak set to celebrate it’s 25 birthday in style

Andy Birkett celebrates his fourth title at the 2017 N3TC Drak Challenge. Anthony Grote/
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Underberg – The popular two-day 62 kilometre N3TC Drak Challenge Canoe Marathon celebrates its 25th anniversary this year on 20 and 21 January, with the event now well established in the trio of South Africa’s best supported canoe races. Entries for the 2018 race opened this week and look certain to attract another field of close to 1000 paddlers keen ...

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Drama defines exciting Fish final stage


Cradock – Mistakes from both the men’s and women’s overnight leaders at the death handed Greg Louw and Andy Birkett and the crew of Jenna Ward and Anna Kožíšková the respective Fish River Canoe Marathon titles on Saturday. Starting the final day with just a one second lead, the surprise package of Stuart Maclaren and Frenchman Cyrille Carre were right ...

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Golden end for Team SA at marathon worlds


Pietermaritzburg – Led by a bloodied Hank McGregor, South Africa grabbed another two medals on the final day of the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to end up second overall on the medal table. Saturday’s K1 men’s winner, sporting a large cut above his left eye from a clash of paddles, and partner Jasper Mocké ...

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Rains look to break Cape paddling drought in time for Breede


Robertson – After one of the most frustrating starts to the winter canoeing season thanks to the drought that has ravaged the Western Cape and left it’s rivers bitterly low, a spate of cold fronts have restored water to the Breede River system, and triggered a wave of entries for the Breede River Canoe marathon on 16 and 17 September. ...

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Organisers fine tune after SA Championships at Camps Drift


Pietermaritzburg – With the successful South African flatwater marathon championships under their belt, the organising committee of the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships at Camps Drift next month is dissecting the two day national championships to fine tune and learn as many constructive lessons from the event as possible. Organising committee chair Steve Botha was pleased with the uniformly positive ...

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