Canoeing South Africa
14 June 2017
Written by: Nick Tatham
Exciting Pink Lady SA K1 Champs on the cards
Durban – With water in the Berg River, the Pink Lady Drakenstein Canoe Race
is set to fire up the 2017 Western Cape canoeing season this weekend when
the two-day race hosts the South African K1 River Marathon championships and
organisers are expecting an exciting showdown from 16-17 June.
The race is set to start at Gouda on Friday, which is a public holiday, with
30km’s between the start and the finish at Bridgetown. The second day of the
race takes paddlers 23km from Paarl Canoe Club to Skooltjie.
The Western Cape has enjoyed some welcome rain of late and race organisers
have made it clear that the race will go ahead and the water level is set to
be more than paddlable.
“We had a very nice race last Saturday which was on the same stretch of
river as the first day of the Pink Lady,” said Eric Farringer.
“The water levels were medium and very enjoyable to paddle. There is
currently more water in the river than on Saturday and rain has been falling
throughout the early parts of this week.”
The South African national K1 championship is always a prized trophy and
this year’s encounter should feature some of the Western Cape’s premier
Of those challengers is current ICF Canoe Marathon K2 World Champion Jasper
Mocké, who will dust off his K1 to take a shot at the coveted national
“I haven’t been in a river boat since Fish last year,” Mocké joked. “I have
been training and racing really hard in my surfski so I haven’t had time to
paddle in my river boat.
“The title of being national K1 champion is always a great title to have and
with the race being in the Western Cape, I thought it was a good opportunity
to have a crack.”
The Euro Steel/Mocké Paddling star didn’t think too hard about making the
decision and with such a busy surfski schedule starting next weekend he felt
that it was good opportunity to try and claim a river marathon win.
“I made the decision late last week which gave me a bit of time to get into
my boat and have a paddle.
“My surfski programme is packed with FNB Durban Downwind, followed by a race
in Portugal, then Canada and finally America on the cards for the next few
“I am not worried about not having time in my river boat before the
weekend’s race, I have been racing a lot so I am race fit which is the most
important thing,” he added.
Mocké’s charge for the title will be a tricky one as there are a handful of
paddlers that will have their eye on the top step of the podium.
The likes of Edgar Boehm, Tyron Maher and Anders and Uli Hart might provide
the strongest challenge for Mocké with Czech Republic’s Jakub Adam also
throwing his name into the hat.
The ladies race will be a two-paddler shoot-out as Bianca Beavitt and Alex
Adie fight it out for the national honours. Beavitt has dominated this
stretch of river in the past with her consecutive Berg River Canoe Marathon
titles showing her clear superiority and she will be difficult to beat over
the two-day Pink Lady Drakenstein Canoe Race.
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Euro Steel/Mocké Paddling's
Jasper Mocké will be the paddler to beat at the upcoming Pink Lady
Drakenstein Canoe Race, which doubles up as the South African National
K1 Championships, in the Western Cape this weekend.
Pink Lady/Century City's
Bianca Beavitt looks to be the favourite to take the ladies title at the
upcoming Pink Lady Drakenstein Canoe Race, which doubles up as the South
African National K1 Championships, in the Western Cape this weekend.
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