Warehouse Push And Pull Paddle Media Release
1 Aug 2019
: Dave Macleod
Rains leave Berg River full for
Push And Pull Paddle
Paarl - With the Berg River Dam overflowing and steady
rains forecast between now and the inaugural edition of the
Bamboo Warehouse Push And Pull Paddle, the big field of
canoeists can look forward to a full and fast flowing Berg River
for the three days of paddling.
The succession of cold fronts
that have swept over the Western Cape this month have all
brought considerable rains, with the Berg flowing at over 200
cubic metres per second at times.
Paddlers have been capitalising on the good water levels and
getting to grips with the little known section of river between
the Berg River Dam and Paarl, where the annual Berg River Canoe
A week ago the rains bumped up the water level in the Berg River
Dam to 92% and the latest deluge from the cold front that
buffeted the Western Cape finally filled the dam above Paarl to
spilling point. A year ago at this time the dam was 86% full.
The organisers are positive that the full river will provide
superb conditions for the paddlers entered for next weekend’s
“We have tripped the entire section at the current full river
levels and it is superb paddling!” said Alan Houston. “There are
good waves in the rapids and the fuller river makes the trees
easier to navigate.
“The river is flowing well which will make for fun conditions
and faster paddling times,” he added.
He pointed out that danger points such as the big weir below
the Market Street
Bridge in Paarl were always going to be compulsory
portages, ensuring the safety of every paddler entered.
Houston said that the long term weather forecast pointed to
another big cold front hitting the area in the days before the
race, with regular rainfall to keep the river topped up during
“We couldn’t have scripted it any better,” he said.
Theewaterskloof, the biggest dam in the Western Cape, has seen
its level increase by 8.6%
from last week, to reach 61.7%. On
the West Coast the Clanwilliam Dam has risen by 24.3% to 71.6%
in the past week.
News of the expected full rivers has triggered excitement in
local paddling circles, resulting in late entries flowing into
the race office.
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Race organisers Alan
Houston (left) and Brandon Macleod inspect the weir below Market
Street Bridge in Paarl ahead of the Bamboo Warehouse Push and
Pull Paddle. “The river is flowing well
which will make for fun conditions and faster paddling times,”
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