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Sbonelo Khwela, 2017 Dusi Canoe Marathon, paddling

Ten minutes with Sbonelo Khwela

Sbonelo Khwela is a product of the Martin Dreyer Change a Life Academy. Rising out of the Valley of a 1000 Hills, he has worked his way up to being one of South Africa’s leading paddlers. After four Non-Stop Dusi titles in a K2, his wife finally convinced him to make the change to a K1 in 2015. It wasn’t long until he saw the reward of his decision, and just a year later became the first black man to take the Non-Stop Dusi title.

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Breede River dominated by Birkett and Louw

Andy Birkett and Greg Louw pulled off a stunning victory in the two day Breede River Canoe Marathon that decided the SA K2 River Marathon title on the weekend, edging out world marathon champion Hank McGregor and his partner Jasper Mocké in a thrilling endsprint into the finish at Kambati Resort outside Swellendam, while Alex Adie and Nikki Mocké dominated the women’s race. The two crews started the second stage of the race side by […]

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What SUP with Dusi 2014?

There are various multi-day endurance events in South Africa, ranging from two days to two weeks, but arguably one of the most strenuous over three days is the Dusi Canoe Marathon. This iconic canoe race (started in 1951) covers 120km over three days (if you don’t get lost), linking the capital city Pietermaritzburg to the province’s largest metropole, Durban. It starts on the uMsindusi River that runs through Pietermaritzburg, taking in a number of weirs […]

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10 Questions With Martin Dreyer

Paddling, adventure racing, mountain biking, even professional fishing, Martin Dreyer has done it all. The 44-year-old has won the Dusi Canoe Marathon seven times plus seven Non-Stop Dusi wins, the gruelling Land Rover G4 Challenge and he holds the record for the Freedom Challenge mountain bike ride across South Africa. For the last few years he’s been giving back and helping youngsters from the Valley of a Thousand Hills in KZN realise their potential through […]

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