River Canoe Marathon Media Service
14 Sept 2022
Written by: Nick Tatham
Double Trouble gets make-over ahead of
Cradock - Ahead of the much-anticipated Fish River Canoe Marathon at the
beginning of October, the Cradock Canoe Club took the decision to re-route
the water flow and change the angle of the Double Trouble chute.
The Fish, which takes place on 7-8 October, remains one of South Africa's
premier canoe marathons because of the exciting fast-flowing water that
comes from the Grassridge Dam and the race committee continue to make
The major change is that the organisers have re-channelled the water to
flow right of the original chute at the bottom of Double Trouble so
paddlers aren't forced into the left-hand bank and under the willow trees.
Over the past few years organisers of the premier two-day marathon in the
Klein Karoo have made adjustments to certain obstacles along the route and
the changes made to the Double Trouble chute are two-fold.
"From an environmental perspective it was important that we changed the
angle of the chute so it didn't continue to erode the river bank any
further," Vice Chairman of the Fish organising committee Herman Marais
"The owner of the farm that Double Trouble is situated on as well our race
committee chairman Roy Copeman are happy with the changes that have been
"From a safety perspective it is more safe now but still provides the same
amount of entertainment that the original chute designed by Louis Copeman
Being the first obstacle that paddlers encounter after the paddle across
Grassridge Dam making it as safe as possible was important and Marais
explains why it is safer for paddlers.
"Despite the fast flowing excitement of Double Trouble still being there it
is in fact far safer if you do have a swim.
"The water is not forcing you onto the bank of the river, and instead
creating safe eddies both sides of the bottom chute where boats can be
emptied," he added.
Ahead of this year's race, the club got out there and tested the chute.
"We shot the chute over the past weekend and there were some nerves but it
all went really well and I think the changes will make it better.
"The team cannot wait to welcome everyone to Cradock next month and to show
off the changes as we continue to make the Fish a better race for
everyone," Marais added.
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The Double Trouble Chute, the
first obstacle on the Fish River Canoe Marathon, has been given a
significant upgrade ahead of this years event
from 7-8 October 2022.
The new Double Trouble Chute
will see the direction of the water change to direct paddlers and the
water away from the willow trees and left-hand bank ahead of the Fish
River Canoe Marathon
from 7-8 October 2022.
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