River Canoe Marathon Diary Note
Vega hoping to build on previous Fish experience
Cradock - As a very strong field of paddlers assembles for the 2018
Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon, Spanish ace Kiko Vega has added his
name to the impressive elite field that will start in A batch at
Grassridge dam on Friday 5 October.
The blond former winner of the fabled Sella Descent has raced the Fish
twice before, in addition to strong challenges at the Berg River Canoe
Marathon, and says he will return to the Eastern Cape in the Euro Steel
colours wiser to the demands of the race.
“It will be my third Fish and I think I already have the minimum amount
of experience to try to perform well,” said Vega from his hometown in
“I have special enthusiasm for the type of competition I experience in
South Africa, and because the Fish is the South African K1 championship
this year, it will be very difficult, but I like that.” He said.
Last year Vega partnered Siseko Ntondini to a storming sixth place
finish in the K2 championship event, and is looking to substantially
improve the 13th place finished he bagged on his maiden Fish in 2016.
Through a friendship that he has struck up with Johannesburg based
Dabulamanzi Canoe Club paddler Brian Longley, Vega has been able to
arrange his race entry, sponsorship and the backing of Set Kayaks for
“I paddled the South African made Set Savage in the recent Sella Descent
and it behaved perfectly,” he said.
Vega added that racing river marathons in South Africa excited him
because the standard of competition was arguably the highest in the
world at the moment.
“At this moment I think the level of kayaking in South Africa is the
best, and that makes it more interesting for the competition and the
public,” Vega noted.
“My goal is definitely to be competitive at the 2018 Fish,” he added.
He said that he was hoping to forge a stronger bond between the iconic
event and the major events in Europe.
“Eurosteel is helping to unite European sports culture and the Sella
Descent in particular with the kayak culture in South Africa,” said
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Spanish paddling star Kiko
Vega will be hoping to improve on his one K1 showing in Cradock when he
returns for the 2018 Hansa
Fish River Canoe Marathon from 5-6 October.
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