As the dust settles on the 2020 Dusi season following the successful conclusion of the three-day Dusi Canoe Marathon and the one-day Garden City Commercials Non Stop Dusi, organisers are highlighting some important statistics that show major gains in addressing the environmental challenges facing paddling on the Dusi.
In 2019 60% of the paddlers taking part ...more
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The Dusi Canoe Marathon has paid tribute to four-times champion Mark Perrow, who died in a plane crash on the weekend, hailing him as a great champion and a trailblazer for the sport.
Perrow won his first Dusi with his Johannesburg clubmate Neil ‘Zims’ Evans in 1992 and again in 1996. He ...more
The 2020 Dusi Canoe Marathon came to a thrilling end at Blue Lagoon on Saturday as Andy Birkett won his tenth title along with a first-time winner Khumbulani Nzimande as Tamika and Bianca Haw coasted to a maiden title.
Both crews started the third and final day with solid leads in their respective races as 36 ...more
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A dramatic power shift saw sisters Tamika and Bianca Haw take control of the women’s race on stage two of the 2020 Dusi Canoe Marathon while men’s race leaders Andy Birkett and Khumbulani Nzimande recovered from a mishap to take a second stage victory on Friday.
It was a day of high drama ...more
The 2020 Dusi Canoe Marathon pre-race favourites ensured there were no surprises as Andy Birkett and Khumbulani Nzimande took the men’s honours while Cana Peek and Christie Mackenzie won the ladies stage despite a few incidents on Thursday.
Euro Steel's Birkett and Nzimande played their cards close to their chests during the first half of the ...more
The 69th edition of the iconic Dusi Canoe Marathon gets under way shortly after sunrise at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday morning, taking the canoeists 120km over three days to Blue Lagoon in Durban, and offering Andy Birkett the opportunity to become only the second paddler in race’s history to record ten victories.
With the ...more
The big field of paddlers entered for the 69th edition of the Dusi Canoe Marathon that starts on Thursday could well be in for the best river conditions in more than a decade, if the predicted rainfall happens on time.
Currently the weather forecast is for cool and dry weather for the first stage of the ...more
Competitive crews eyeing podium places at the Dusi Canoe Marathon from 25 to 27 February can look forward to the biggest prize pool in South African canoeing once again and a brand new incentive that will reward an exceptional result by the winning women’s crew.
The winning male and female K2 crews will once again receive ...more
The reigning SA K2 River Champions and long-standing K2 marathon partners Jenna Ward and Kyeta Purchase are out to use their paddling strengths to make a bold statement at the Dusi Canoe Marathon next week.
The World Marathon Championship silver medallists have become one of the longest standing elite crews in South Africa and won the ...more
Martin Dreyer’s FNB Change a Life Academy crew of Banetse Nkhoesa and Msawenkosi Mtolo have made it clear that they will be challenging for a pace on the podium at the 2020 Dui Canoe Marathon next week.
With a win at the final Dusi seeding race this past weekend, the Euro Steel pair is well and ...more
In amongst the huge field of paddlers setting off from Camps Drift at the start of the 69th edition of the Dusi Canoe Marathon will be three stalwarts aiming for their 40th Dusi medals, and another six aiming for a milestone thirtieth finish, many with unique stories that they bring to their anniversary races.
Capetonian Andre ...more
As the final days tick over until the 2020 Dusi Canoe Marathon, paddlers are excited to learn that Umgeni Water has guaranteed them a water release of seventeen cubic metres per second (cumecs) from Inanda Dam on the final next Saturday, 27 February.
Last week the announcement was made that Umgeni Water had guaranteed paddlers water ...more
As the summer rains continue to bring welcome relief to many parts of KwaZulu-Natal, the 2020 Dusi Canoe Marathon will benefit from the higher water table as Umgeni Water has reassured the race of good water in the Msindusi and Mngeni Rivers for the iconic event from 27-29 February.
The two important catchment dams that feed ...more
Paddlers taking part in the 2020 edition of the Dusi Canoe Marathon from 27 to 29 February will have to factor in an important change to the final stage of the route after the organisers confirmed that the option of the Burma Road portage will not be available.
The decision to run over the Burma Road ...more
Following a strong performance at the recent 50 Miler, Ant Stott (front) and Carl Folscher (back) have put their names firmly in the contenders hat ahead of the 2020 Dusi Canoe Marathon from 27-29 February. Pic: Anthony Grote
After a four year hiatus the K2 paddling crew of Ant Stott and Carl Folscher signalled its ...more
Following years of support for the sport of canoeing, through their team of elite athletes, and the Dusi Canoe Marathon, Euro Steel have reassured Natal Canoe Club of their commitment to South Africa’s most iconic canoe marathon from 27-29 February 2020.
Following the recent chemical spill into the Baynespruit from the Willowton site, the state of ...more
Sprint queen Bridgitte Hartley produced the fastest women's time on day two of the N3TC Drak Challenge presented by FNB, to sound a warning that she is in fine form ahead of the 2020 Dusi Canoe Marathon at the end of the month. (Pic: Anthony Grote)
The thrilling N3TC Drak Challenge in partnership with FNB ...more