Three flawless days from Andy Birkett and Abby Solms in the toughest conditions in over a decade saw the pair march convincingly to their respective men’s and women’s titles at the 2017 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon finishing at Blue Lagoon on Saturday.
Andy Birkett’s three day performance was one of class and experience as he didn’t ...more
The 2017 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon's venomous stage two tail flicked as drama unfolded behind the unrivalled Andy Birkett and Abby Solms as the race for second place heated up with both the men's and the women's race's podiums receiving a shake up before the finish at Inanda Dam on Friday.
Paddlers knew that the second ...more
The calm sunrise over Camps Drift was shattered by the 2017 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon on Thursday, as the two pre-race hot favourites Andy Birkett and Abby Solms proved their pedigree to take commanding stage wins and over all leads going into the next two stages.
The men’s race was set up to be a humdinger ...more
Organisers of the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon have reassured paddlers that are concerned about the effect that the low level of Inanda dam will have on the final stage of the race that it is extremely unlikely that the race will have to revert to “low water rules” for the 36km Day Three from Msinsi ...more
With the region still in the talons of the brutal two year drought, the 2017 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon that gets under way at Camps Drift on Thursday morning will echo the races of old as paddlers will have a number of additional obstacles to manage on their three day journey from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.
Stalwart paddler Derek Holdsworth will be starting his 30th consecutive edition of the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon on Thursday morning, but nothing excites him more than being able to do the race with his 16 year-old daughter Gina.
“The Dusi has been such a big part of my life, and now I get to share it ...more
In amongst the well over a thousand paddlers that will start the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon at Camps Drift on Thursday 16 February are a handful of die-hard enthusiasts who have completed the race dozens of times, and are itching to get stuck into what is likely to be a “classic Dusi challenge.”
With the weather ...more
In what was one of the inspirational stories of the 2016 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon, Banetse Nkhoesa recovered from a stabbing incident to finish on the podium in his K2 and in 2017 he hopes to replicate that form and push for a top five when the FNB Dusi gets underway from 16-18 February.
Nkhoesa was ...more
By FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon standards the 2017 junior boys race contenders have snuck under the race’s radar with no single paddler putting their hand up until an impressive Campbell’s to Dusi Bridge performance from Stewart Little saw him rise to the top of pretenders to the boy’s throne.
Little’s preparation for the race has taken ...more
Despite being the focal point of the creation of the upcoming film Beyond the River, Gauteng-based paddler Siseko Ntondini has not let the fame overtake him as he builds up confidently to the 2017 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon from 16-18 February.
Ntondini arrived officially on the FNB Dusi stage when he and partner Piers Cruickshanks raced ...more
Former Springbok and Sharks backline star Justin Swart has relished a challenge throughout his sporting career, and is itching to start his first FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon with his own green permanent Dusi number on his kayak after finishing his tenth Dusi last year.
“I am absolutely hooked on it!” enthused Swart, who called it quits ...more
2015 ICF Canoe Marathon K2 world champion and regular visitor to South Africa Hungarian Adrian Boros returns to the 2017 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon with an eye on a potential top 10 spot when the three-day adventure gets underway on Thursday 16 February.
The 26 year-old has spent a lot of time in South Africa recently ...more
As the 2017 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon top contenders start to rise to the surface, six-time champion Andy Birkett is not letting the hype get to him as he slowly builds-up to the three-day odyssey from Pietermaritzburg to Durban starting on Thursday, 16 February.
With just over two weeks until the cannon sounds the start of ...more
Amongst the huge field of paddlers that will converge on Camps Drift before dawn on Thursday 16 February for the start of the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon will be four times champion John Edmonds, poised to become only the eighth person to complete the tough 120km odyssey from Pietermaritzburg to Durban forty times.
“I am just ...more
With just over two weeks until the 2017 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon, South Africa’s most decorated paddler Hank McGregor fired a firm warning shot when he won the competitive Campbell’s Farm to Dusi Bridge race on Sunday.
The Campbell’s Farm to Dusi Bridge race is always a strong indicator as to where the top paddlers sit ...more
The FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon gets underway from 16-18 February and longstanding sponsors Hansa Pilsner have pulled out all the stops by acquiring the services of Springbok Nude Girls front man Arno Carstens to perform at the race’s after party at the popular Hops Riverside.
Carstens, who needs no introduction, will be the headline act at ...more
As time runs out for those hoping to get themselves a seeded position at the 2017 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon paddlers’ focus shifts to the Campbell’s to Dusi Bridge seeding race on Sunday with the popular Dash ‘n Crash on Saturday providing all with a good pre-Dusi hit out with just three weeks until the ...more
As the 2017 edition of the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon draws near, organisers and environmentalists are in the process of clearing as much of the invasive hyacinth as possible before the three-day race gets underway at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg on 16 February.
The race organisers, the Dusi Umgeni Conservation Trust (DUCT) and all of their ...more
Czech Republic marathon paddling star Jakub Adam is no stranger to the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon having raced to an impressive third with Cam Schoeman in his maiden Dusi in 2014, however Adam is hoping that he can recreate some of that form in a K1 when he takes on the famous race from 16-18 ...more
As paddlers from a wide age spectrum prepare to tackle the 2017 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon, Caroline Henderson, Cally as she is known in paddling circles, is preparing to become the first woman over 60 years old to finish the three-day adventure in a K1 and at the same time spread the message to other ...more
The greatest name synonymous with the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon is undoubtedly the “Dusi King” Graeme Pope-Ellis, the man who has won more Dusi’s than anyone and completed more Dusi’s than any other, however 2017 will see his friend and Dusi stalwart Lyle Wheeler potentially equal his incredible record with his 46th attempt when the ...more
As the rains start to make a decided difference to river levels across KwaZulu-Natal, paddlers from all over are honing their skills during a busy few month period with FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon podium contender Andrew Houston sharpening up his preparations as he builds towards the tough K1 Dusi outing from 16-18 February.
The Euro Steel ...more
A maiden appearance at the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon as a senior competitor hangs in the balance for former Under-23 age group standout Jenna Ward ahead of this year’s edition of the iconic Pietermaritzburg to Durban paddling event which takes place from 16-18 February.
The two-time ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships bronze medallist’s has demonstrated some ...more
A glimpse into the future of South Africa’s women’s river paddling talent may have to temporarily be put on ice as the Under-23 age group’s newcomers, Cana Peek and Kyeta Purchase, remain undecided on their participation in the 2017 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon which takes place from 16-18 February.
Staged in just the second month of ...more
Valley of a Thousand Hills hero and South African canoeing icon, Thulani Mbanjwa is readying himself for another strong showing at the 2017 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon despite having some telling obstacles standing in his pathway to the 16-18 February event.
While still filled with belief that he can compete at the sharp end of the ...more