Berg River Canoe Marathon Media Release  No: Berg1707

21 June 2017

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Written By : Dave Macleod

Mocké : Water no reason not to paddle

Paarl - Newly crowned SA K1 River champion Jasper Mocké has reassured paddlers uncertain about entering the Berg River Canoe Marathon that starts on 12 July that the low river is easily paddleable.

Mocké was in sublime form in winning the recent Pink Lady Drakenstein Canoe Race on the Berg River, covering roughly a quarter of the full Berg Marathon course, with the river running at a low level due to the ongoing drought in the region.

"It was low, for sure, but it was perfectly paddleable," said the Euro Steel/Mocké Paddling ace.

"It makes it a lot more technical," he added. "It really helps to know where to go, especially in places where the river runs into channels or trees."

"But to be honest, the level of the river as it is now is no reason not to paddle the Berg," he said emphatically.

"The ground is saturated at the moment and it looks like there is going to be quite a bit more rain before the race, so there is every reason to believe that it will actually improve."

Mocké confirmed that he is committed to a hectic month of surfski racing that will take him to Durban, then Portugal and on to Canada and the USA, preventing him from taking part in the 2017 Berg River Canoe Marathon.

The organising committee has asserted that the race will go ahead, despite the effects of the ongoing drought.

Race committee chair Andre Collins reminded paddlers that the river conditions are affected by the rainfall immediately prior to the race, and with winter rainfall forecast at 80% of the normal levels for July, they are confident that they will be able to race the four stage classic in it's usual format.

Normal entries for the race close at 10pm next Wednesday (28 June).

The Berg River Canoe marathon starts in Paarl on 12 July and ends at Velddrif on 15 July. More information can be found at


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Pink Lady Drakenstein champion Jasper Mocké says the current low level of the Berg river is "no reason not to do the 2017 Berg River Canoe Marathon. Tracy-Lee Anderson/
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