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Three South Africans in Molokai surfski top six

Three South African paddlers raced into the top six positions at the 2015 Maui Jim Molokai Challenge surfski ultra marathon between the Hawaiian islands of Molokai and Oahu on Sunday 31 May. Former winner Hank McGregor was third overall behind Australians Cory Hill and Clint Robinson with Capetonian Sean Rice, the reigning world champion just behind him, and Dawid Mocké finishing sixth overall. McGregor (Jeep Team Epic Kayaks) was a dominant force throughout the 53km […]

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Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge a muddy success

Few backdrops can compare with the scenic natural grandeur of Plettenberg Bay, and so it’s no wonder that a record field flocked onto the Garden Route to take part in the ever-popular Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge. Thousands of athletes, weekend warriors, and celebrity sports stars lined up for the eleventh Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge, competing in a diverse range of events, including open-ocean swimming, trail running, mountain biking, beach walks, and a Kids of Steel […]

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Hank McGregor wins gruelling Molokai Challenge

Hank McGregor underscored his status as one of the best paddlers on the planet by winning a second title in the Maui Jim Molokai Challenge in Hawaii on Sunday, beating Australian star Clint Robinson in a thrilling finish to the tough 56km race. Faced with tough flat and windless conditions for the Kaiwi channel crossing between Molokai and Oahu, the title race quickly turned into a two-horse affair between defending champion Robinson and 2009 champ and current K1 […]

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McGregor clinches 2013 Steelcase Dragon Run

Flatwater Marathon World Champion Hank McGregor (Fenn Kayaks/MacSquad Elite) reinforced just why he is regarded by many as one of the greatest all-round paddlers of all time when he overcame a field of world class pedigree and stormed to a memorable and record-breaking victory in the 2013 Steelcase Dragon Run surfski race in Hong Kong. McGregor, the first of no less than five South Africans to finish in the top eight, was both relieved and […]

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Bartho first woman to complete Richards Bay to Durban paddle

Durban surfski ace Danica Bartho became the first woman to complete the gruelling 162km surfski paddle from Richards Bay to Durban, finishing with a demanding downwind leg in huge swells, and in the process rounded off her “Lettie Paddle” campaign to raise funds for close friend and cancer patient Nikki “Lettie” Heyns. Bartho was the first female paddler to complete the DaReal Richards Bay to Durban Challenge, which concluded on the weekend with a tough […]

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Bartho joins fight against cancer in four day Lettie Paddle surfski epic

Danica Bartho’s quest to become the first female surfski paddler to complete the 162km from Richards Bay to Durban gets underway today. She will attempt the four day challenge with the intent to raise cancer awareness and funds for the recently launched ‘Lettie Paddle’ campaign. The recent inclement weather will ensure the surfski ace’s hands are full throughout the challenge. Despite these natural and mental challenges, Bartho is stepping up to the plate, confident that […]

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Bartho embarks on four-day paddle for cancer

Durban surfski paddler Danica Bartho will attempt to become the first women to successfully paddle the 162km from Richards Bay to Durban on 30 October. Motivated by a close friend battling cancer, Bartho will tackle this four day challenge and face unpredictable seas, exhausting distances and an epic battle of mental toughness to draw attention to the PinkDrive.   Dubbed the ‘Lettie Paddle’ campaign, Bartho has been inspired by fellow paddling enthusiast Nikki ‘Lettie’ Heynes […]

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McGregor opts out of Berg River Canoe Marathon

Nine-times winner Hank McGregor has confirmed that he will not be on the start line in Paarl to defend his title at the 2013 Berg River Canoe Marathon, despite bold attempts to avoid the clash with the new Surfski World Championships. McGregor has set his sights on winning the first-ever Surfski World Championships held under the auspices of the International Canoe federation (ICF) in Vila de Conde in Portugal from 12 to 14 July, overlapping […]

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Chalupsky ninth in brutal Molokai Challenge

Oscar Chalupsky’s bid to claim the iconic Molokai Challenge surfski ultra marathon title in the year that the turned 50 ended with a ninth place finish on Sunday, 19 May in desperately tough windless conditions in Hawaii, with South African champion Sean Rice coming within a whisker of winning the race on debut. Rice lead with less than two kilometres to go in the brutal 52km crossing of the Kaiwi Channel, also known as the […]

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Chalupsky’s fitness “exceptional” as he leaves for Molokai Challenge

Surfski ace Oscar Chalupsky (50) was put through his paces at the Prime Human Performance Institute just hours before he jetted off to Hawaii for the defence of his title in the gruelling Molokai Challenge, with the sport medicine experts agreeing that he is in remarkable shape for an athlete entering his sixth decade. Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts collated the data from a stringent set of tests and concluded that Chalupsky was at a […]

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