Taxi Rapid

Taxi Rapid



Distance from start of the stage : 8,7km
Lat -29.604709 Lon 30.422710
Spectators/Seconds: Yes
Portage option: Left hand bank

GFXTaxiPaddling legend has it that this rapid was formed around an entire wreckage of a taxi that lodged in the river, and quickly accumulated debris and mud.
It is a river wide shelf that drops more than a metre, and creates a strong suck-back across most of the river width in even moderate river flow. The wary can easily portage it on the left hand bank. It must be shot on the extreme left, hugging the bank and paddling into a small bay on the left, where you will see safety marshalls and divers. Take the drop as close to the left hand bank – brace against the grass and mud on the left bank if you can,
and drop back into the river.
More and more paddlers are opting to shoot the tongue about three metres from the left hand bank ( see photo below). It is fast and easy if you get it right but it is very hard to locate as you approach it, so it must be carefully checked out before the race.
There is a fun rapid with strong eddied and lateral currents immediately below this rapid, so keep paddling positively!

Martin Dreyer

Do your homework on this one beforehand because it’s quite difficult to see when approaching the rapid. Stay 1 metre from the left hand bank and follow the bank’s edge, not the main water flow. There is a big drop in the main flow and by staying left the is a shelf which means you won’t dive as deep.

ProTipBirkettAndy Birkett

This is quite a mean rapid especially because you can’t really see where you’re going until the very last minute. Stroke the left bank with your paddle and stay within 1metre of the bank as you approach the rapid.