Bay Union King of
2017 champ Van Der Walt eager to make amends at King of the Bay
Durban After a bizarre mishap ended his 2019 Bay Union King of the Bay
attempt, Brandon van der Walt is hungry to make amends with a solid
showing on 4 October and has scooped the services of rising star Dave
Evans for the SA double ski title decider.
Van der Walt, who was involved in an exciting tussle at the front of the
race, ended his competitive charge last year in a collision with rocks
at the harbour exit that left him with a damaged rudder and crashing
into the harbour wall.
I was dicing with Stew Little, who is going to be the next Dusi King,
and he was finding the tiger line through all the rocks, he recalls. I
was caught on the inside and spent the rest of the race pulling
barnacles and my rudder out of the bottom of my boat. Im not exactly
proud of my record being the only person to crash into the harbour
With the Bay Union King of the Bay awarded the rights to decide the
national double ski titles, the entire competitive focus has shifted to
doubles, and Van der Walt was happy to secure teenager Dave Evans as his
partner for the event after successfully coaching him through his last
two years at high school.
I never coached him for his first silver medal at worlds, but it was
special being part of the journey to his podiums on the next two
marathon worlds, said the Maritzburg College teacher and canoeing
I know that with Dave in the back seat I will have a proper engine from
start to finish, he added.
Van der Walt said that after a frustrating start to the lockdown, he has
found solid form ahead of the weekend, which starts a period of eight
days in which four national titles will be decided between Durban
harbour and St. Francis in the Eastern Cape.
I feel like I am going better now than I have at any stage since moving
to Pietermaritzburg. I am really ready to put my hand up, he said.
He showed that form at the recent Pirates Umhlanga Pirates surfski race
where he took off on a solo charge at the front of the race that shook
the rest of the elite field.
I am really looking forward to the race, he added. The King of the
Bay always pulls a big entry because it is so accessible to everyday
paddlers. It will be the first big paddling event in Durban after the
lockdown, so I expect everyone who owns a surfski to show just how keen
people are to get back onto the water again.
The organisers of the Bay Union King of the Bay always put on one of
the most incredible shows, so half the reason people come back year
after year is to enjoy the whole race experience.
It will be special having it as SA S2 Champs and the first mainstream
race in Durban back after the lockdown. I am sure everyone will play
their part with the Covid regulations.
The lightee is frothing. I am frothing. I am sure everyone else is
feeling the same way too, he concluded.
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2017 Bay Union
King of The Bay winner Brandon van der Walt will start the double ski
championship race on 4 October keen to erase the disaster of 2019 that
saw him smash his ski on the exit of the Durban harbour.
After coaching him at
Maritzburg College for two years Brandon van der Walt (front) will
partner teenager Dave Evans for the Bay Union King of The Bay 4 October
2020, seen here in action together on the Umkomaas River.
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