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A Freshman’s Guide to K2 Paddling

Kayaking Etiquette… Isn’t that an oxymoron? Change. It’s synonymous for any paddler due to the nature of our watercourses and comes standard with the time of the season. Whether you embrace or shun it, is irrelevant. How we react is what makes our sport so exhilarating, as every day on the water is unique. K2 paddling is very different to K1: the handling, turning and tactics. Adjusting to these differences however, is not easy. It […]

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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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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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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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McGregor secures all major river titles

Hank McGregor’s name is now engraved on all major river trophies as the world marathon champ convincingly won the SASOL Lowveld Croc Canoe Marathon yesterday. After the energy sapping heat experienced on the first day, paddlers awoke to a cool, overcast valley with an additional water release that gave some extra velocity to the river and concealed some the of the obstacles obvious on day one. With a two and a half minute lead over […]

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12 Fun Ways To Get Fit(ter) This Summer

We all want that summer body but it’s difficult to achieve if you can’t have fun getting there. Here are 12 achievable and engaging ways to get fit this summer. 1. Do 3 x (5 x 30sec) Choice cardio workouts Set aside 15 minutes and choose five varied and full body cardio workouts (push-ups/sit-ups/treadmill running). Begin your session of 30 seconds for each and alternate between each workout (i.e. 30sec x 5 = 2min30sec). Rest […]

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Defending champs in prime position after Hansa Fish opener

Not even jet lag could stop defending champions Hank McGregor and Grant van der Walt from winning Friday’s 48km opening stage of the 32nd edition of the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon. They have set up a commanding lead of more than four minutes over the nearest rivals while Abby Adie and Anna Adamová claimed the early advantage in the women’s encounter. With fellow title hopefuls Andy Birkett and Cam Schoeman forced out of the […]

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Capsizing: When A Swim Is Not Cool

River paddling and mountain biking share three mutual characteristics. To excel in these sports an athlete is required to successfully navigate, while maintaining their stability which fulcrums on their weight displacement and is influenced by their power-to-weight ratio. Ineffective maneuvering leads to a loss of stability culminating in capsizing which is generally referred to as “swimming”. As inviting as swimming may sound, paddlers rarely opt for a casual swim in rocky or freezing rivers. This […]

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King rules Berg time trial to claim yellow first

Lance King, one of a handful of Berg River Canoe Marathon title contenders, set out an early warning to his nearest rivals in Tuesday’s time trial as he powered his way to a commanding twenty-one second victory and into the race leader’s yellow jersey ahead of Wednesday’s start of the 240km, four day race from Paarl to Velddrif in the Western Cape. Whilst King reigned supreme at the front of the pack, a mere six […]

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