15-17 February 2024

The Cascades

The Cascades Rapid



Distance from start of the stage : 11.3km
Lon 30.688657 Lat -29.634368
Spectators/Seconds: No
Portage option: Right hand bank

GFXCascadesAlso known as: TreeStump rapid, Jaws

This is a 400 metre long testing section of rough water that can vary from tight and technical to downright huge in a full river.

From Washing Machine the river head back towards the centre after a few separate channels. There are numerous big rocks in play here and it requires positive paddling and reading the rapid well ahead to pick your lines. These channels soon converge into a 150 long alley of waves.

Here you need to head left, close to the bushes to stay clear of the bigger holes and rocks. As you approach the end of this section the river funnels into a single drop, In medium river conditions you must head back into the centre for this final drop to avoid a nasty rocks left of centre, but if it is full it is possible to skirt the final drop by going left of the big rock.

This is a magnificent stretch of rough water paddling, and for many the highlight of the race!

Andy Birkett

This is quite a long rapid. I’d suggest you stay left at the top then get to the middle as you’re going down and when you get to the bottom try get right.

ProTipMcGregorHank McGregor

Approach from middle right of river heading left, pick your line and commit