Canoeing

McGregor & Nixon do the national surfski double

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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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