Breede River Canoe Marathon Media Release
Louw brothers holding the cards after Breede Day One
Robertson - Cradock-raised siblings Ryan and Greg Louw just
managed to hold off the Under 23 combination of Alan Houston and
Stew Little on a very low river in searing heat to secure the
overnight lead at the Breede River Canoe Marathon.
From a three-boat breakaway group in the second half of the 34
kilometre first stage from Riggton Farm to Kam'Bati Resort, the
Louw brothers shrugged off all challengers bar Houston and
Little, with Shaun Rubenstein and Clint Cook securing third
place overnight, fifteen seconds behind the leading two boats.
"It was a very challenging day," said Ryan Louw. "There were
four boats together at front and invariably the first boat into
a rapid would get stuck and come out second or third.
"It was hot and so taxing that we were pacing ourselves
carefully to try and avoid blowing. When you did get into deeper
water accelerating was so demanding," he said.
"It was incredibly difficult to read the lines because there was
so little flow that the river gave us no clues at all today," he
"(Houston and Little) were so light that they were able to get
through places where we got stuck and we spent the day catching
up to them after every shallow rapid," said Louw.
For the younger crew of Houston and Little, the short 17
kilometre final stage from Riggton Farm to Drew Bridge on Sunday
will hold plenty of opportunities to take the overall title.
"The Louws played their cards really well today, and did a good
job of blocking us out at every little rapid or pool," said
"It was a real cat-and-mouse days racing and team work came into
it a lot. Teams got away at the rapids by picking good lines and
working out where to get out quickly and run."
"The race will come down to who makes the least mistakes on
Sunday. It won't be about strength or speed," he added.
The women's race saw the new combination of Kim Van Gysen and
Christie Mackenzie master the tough low conditions to post an
impressive ninth place overall, almost twenty minutes clear of
second placed women Melanie Van Niekerk and Christina Geromont.
"We had so much fun today, which was part of our plan," said
Mackenzie. "After the craziness of the start we made sure we
were there to have fun. That helped to relax and minimise
mistakes in the shallow rapids.
"We were lucky because we are so light, and often the guys
around us would get stuck in a rapid and we would get through.
"Our combination worked really well today," she added. "Kim
drove brilliantly. We didn't lean at all and only in the last
seven kilometres did we start to feel tired."
Simon van Gysen posted perhaps the stand-out result of the day,
finishing first single home and sixth overall, with fellow K1
paddler Phillip Smith close behind him in seventh.
While the event is hosting the SA K3 championships, all but
three of these bulky craft have unbundled into K1 or K2 entries
due to the low water conditions. The trio of Daantjie Malan,
Gerhard Beukes and Francois Meyer did well with a 22nd place
overall to comfortably lead this class overnight.
Boat repairs are the order of the day at the overnight stop at
Riggton Farm. "Everyone is fixing their boats. These rocks are
so sharp they shredded the boats," said Houston.
The final stage is a short, sharp 17km leg from Riggton to Drew
Bridge on Sunday morning.
SUMMARY OF RESULTS
BREEDE RIVER CANOE MARATHON STAGE ONE
1.Ryan Louw/Greg Louw 2:40:20
2.Alan Houston/Stewart Little 2:40:21
3.Clinton Cook/Shaun Rubenstein 2:40:36
4.Anders Hart/Dom Notten 2:49:14
5.Bartho Visser/Ernest Van Riet 2:49:58
6.Simon van Gysen 2:54:05
7.Phillip Smith 2:54:22
8.Heinrich Schloms/John de Villiers 3:04:31
9.Kim Van Gysen/Christie Mackenzie 3:07:14
10.Richard Allen/Mike Schwan 3:20:16
1.Kim Van Gysen/Christie Mackenzie 3:07:14
2.Melanie Van Niekerk/Christina Geromont 3:26:30
3.Angie Austen/Jess Pollock 3:47:21
1.Simon van Gysen 2:54:05
2.Phillip Smith 2:54:22
3.Pierre-Andre Rabie 3:44:28
1.Daantjie Malan/Gerhard Beukes/Francois Meyer 3:40:28
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Brothers Ryan and
Greg Louw power to the finish of the first stage of the Breede
River Canoe Marathon on Saturday just ahead of Stew Little and
Kim Van Gysen (front)
and Christie Mackenzie have a comfortable lead in the women's
race at the Breede River Canoe Marathon on Saturday.
The start of the
first stage of the Breede River Canoe Marathon on Saturday,
where paddlers found a low river and very hot weather
Just a few hundred
metres from the bridge paddlers on the first stage of the Breede
River Canoe Marathon on Saturday had to get out of their craft
to clamber over rocks in the shallow river.
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