Breede River Canoe Marathon Media Release
Louw brothers target
Robertson - With the heavily congested canoeing calendar having
a knock-on effect on many major races, there will be a new name
on the winners’ trophy at the Breede River Canoe Marathon on 7
and 8 September and the Cradock-raised brother Ryan and Greg
Louw are well poised to pounce on that opportunity.
Defending champs Stu MacLaren and Kenny Rice will be part of the
big contingent of South African paddlers flying out to France
for the Surfski World Championships, and many of the regular K2
combinations have been fractured by similar commitments.
For the Louw brothers, who now live on opposite ends of the
country, the assault on the Breede podium forms part of a bigger
picture plan as they prepare for the SA K2 Champs at the
upcoming Hansa Fish Marathon just three weeks later.
The Breede also gives them an ideal opportunity to erase their
recent nightmare at the Sella Descent in Spain, where their
challenge ended before the race had even started.
“As we got into the boat to warm up, the pedal broke on our K2,”
said Ryan Louw. “Basically we flew around the world to get a tan
in Spain,” he added.
“The base training is still there and we want to be ready for
the Fish, so we will give it a proper go at the Breede,” he
Ryan now holds down a job in the IT sector in Cape Town while
Greg works in a finance firm in Port Elizabeth. The brothers,
who cut their teeth on the Fish River as youngsters growing up
in Cradock, are fortunate that their combination is one that
clicks as soon as they get back in a boat together.
“Greg will probably fly in on the Friday night and we will get
into the boat before the start. There might be a few things to
work out but we know each other so well that we can just jump
into the boat and the magic comes back,” said Ryan Louw.
“We have no idea who’s who in the race this year, but maybe
that’s a good thing,” he said. “We are here to give it a good
He raced the pre-Breede Eilandia race with his training partner
Willem Erasmus on the weekend, where Gavin White took the
overall spoils with Ernest Van Riet. That ominous K2 combo won’t
be a Breede threat as Van Riet has committed to paddle the
Breede with ace Paarl junior Bartho Visser.
The typically unflappable Louw brothers are having nothing of
the hype and will race the race as they see it in front of them.
“There was a stage in our lives when paddling was everything,
but now there are mouths to feed and bills to be paid,” said
Ryan Louw. “It is the paddling that keeps us sane now!”
Normal entries close at midnight on Friday 23rd August 2019.
The Breede River Canoe Marathon
is raced from McGregor Bridge outside Robertson to Kam'bati
Resort close to Swellendam on 7 and 8 September 2019.
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Canoe Marathon 2019 Logo - Horizontal on white (JPeg)
brother Greg (front) and Ryan Louw will be a force to be
reckoned with at the Breede River Canoe Marathon on 7 and 8
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