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Birkett and Hartley wrap up SA K1 double

Andy Birkett grabbed his first senior SA K1 Marathon title in a thrilling three boat showdown with World Champions Hank McGregor and Jasper Mocké, while his girlfriend and Olympic medallist Brigitte Hartley mirrored his achievement by winning the women’s title convincingly. Birkett delivered a deadly end sprint that saw him come off the wave of McGregor and cross the line to a popular victory over the defending champion, who was always going to be suffering […]

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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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Hank McGregor claims fourth K1 world crown

  Durbanite Hank McGregor blitzed to a fourth world K1 title on a day that saw Team SA grab two gold medals at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships on the Oklahoma River. McGregor never lost control of the Senior men’s K1 race, and was comfortable to bide his time in third heading into the final turn. With two hundred metres to go McGregor swung out to the right and produced a devastating end-sprint that […]

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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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Birkett clinches maiden Drak Challenge title



Andy Birkett snatched a sensational maiden title at the N3TC Drakensberg Challenge Canoe Marathon on 19 January. A mistake by triple champ Hank McGregor in the closing stages of the race gave Birkett the edge to cross the finish line first. It was lucky number four for Abby Adie as she held off the competition to claim her fourth women’s title.

 Racing on a low uMzimkulu River Birkett (EuroSteel) and McGregor (Kayak Centre/Team Jeep) started […]

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Birkett and Zondi clinch 50 Miler 2013 title

Andy Birkett and Sbonelo Zondi secured their victory in the 50 Miler Canoe Marathon on Sunday, 1 December. The race covers two-thirds of the Dusi course but has a strong emphasis on paddling instead of portaging. The combination, first cobbled together for their victory in last years Non Stop Dusi, is being widely billed as a Dusi Dream Team, but they have not showed all their cards in the current season until this weekend’s victory […]

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Magnetic Maritzburg scoops 2017 Canoe Marathon World Champs

South African canoeing received a major boost with the announcement by the International Canoe Federation (ICF) that the 2017 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships will be hosted at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg.

 The announcement came at the ICF Board of Directors meeting in Lima, Peru on the weekend, and follows a long application process driven by the Natal Canoe Club (NCC) to host the flatwater marathon world title decider at the home of the Dusi […]

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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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Surfski duo dominate Ozzie Gladwin 2013

Hank McGregor and Jasper Mocké powered to an impressive victory in the Ozzie Gladwin on Sunday. Abby Adie and Anna Adamová dominated the women’s race to finish a strong 21st overall. “We didn’t know what to expect. We’re up against pure Dusi crews here and I said to Jasper just before the start we have to try and stay in contention and hopefully catch up on the water, but we seemed to dominate the portage […]

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Top quartets set sights on SA K2 Marathon Champs

This weekend will see the country’s best K2 canoeing crews converge on the Vaal River for the CMH East Rand Vaal River Canoe Marathon, the decider of the 2013 South African K2 River Marathon Championships. Andy Birkett, triple Dusi winner and U23 Flatwater Marathon World Champ, and his partner Sbonelo Zondi, 2013 Dusi darling, start their 2014 Dusi campaign as they battle it out for this weekend’s title. “I haven’t spoken about our goals much […]

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