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Dabs News

Here we share all Dabulamanzi’s news so that we can honour our paddlers, share the excitement of the activities that happen on and off the water and relive our favourite memories.

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Dabs news – The 2024 High Altitude Surf Ski Championships

Dabs news – The 2024 High Altitude Surf Ski Championships

Another awesome day at Dabs! We had paddlers from Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and even Cape Town on our beach for the 13th running of the world famous High Altitude Surf Ski Championships. This this was the biggest field to date with over 100 boats and almost...

Dabs news – A Sad End and Some Fresh Starts April 2024

Dabs news – A Sad End and Some Fresh Starts April 2024

On Friday evening the South African paddling community lost its finest servant ever; John (Hairy) Oliver. John became canoeing’s official timekeeper and administrator in 1990 and ever since he’s travelled to every corner of the country for everything from sprints to...

Dabs news: March 2024 – A Sprint and Surf-Ski Weekend

Dabs news: March 2024 – A Sprint and Surf-Ski Weekend

The SA Sprint Championships, and the SA Schools Sprint Championships took place over the weekend at VLC with lots at stake as they were the selection events for 5 different international tours including the Paris Olympics, the Senior World Championships, World Cup...

Whitewater Kayaking Course with the Canoe Polo Team

Whitewater Kayaking Course with the Canoe Polo Team

Earlier this month, twelve of Dabulamanzi Canoe Club’s canoe polo players took part in a full day whitewater kayaking course for beginners.  During the training, the group, consisting of kids and adults between the ages of 13 and 27 years, were instructed on the do’s...

Dabs news: March 2024 – Rivers, Sprints, Marathons and More!

Dabs news: March 2024 – Rivers, Sprints, Marathons and More!

The rains seem to have gone and the river season is drawing to a close, but the heat lingers on; and the heat will soon be on for sprints, marathons and even surf-ski! It seems that KZN’s Mtolo and Msia can't stop winning the Non-Stop Dusi - they claimed their 5th...

Canoeing Clinic Easter Holiday in April 2024

Canoeing Clinic Easter Holiday in April 2024

Date: Monday 15th to Friday 19th / Break / Monday 22h - Wednesday 24th Times: Start: 09h00 (08h00 drop-off by arrangement) Finish: 16h00 Venue: Emmarentia - Dabulamanzi Canoe Club K1 / K2 team boats / Guppies Boats / Kayaking-ergo / Motor-boat safety Programs for...

Dabs news – From Newbie Stuff to Old Hand Stories

Dabs news – From Newbie Stuff to Old Hand Stories

The last Saturday of February saw over 50 newbies attending the first of our Dabulamanzi Open Day’s. The program started with talks and advice from two of South Africa’s finest paddlers (Christie and Clint) along with lessons from some real teachers (Karen) and a lot...

Dabs news – Dusi 2024

Dabs news – Dusi 2024

Twenty years ago, the Dusi K2 years used to have almost 1000 boats finishing (977 in 2002, 969 in 2004, and 970 in 2006) but with the steady decline in participation ever since, only 207 boats finished this year. The Dusi may not attract the same sort of numbers it...

Dabs News – First February Weekend

Dabs News – First February Weekend

February kicked off with a flurry of activities, featuring Sprints at Dabs, River Races down South on the Dusi and up North on the Elands, and even with all that we still had guys go trip the Liebensberg… Dabs has never hosted a Sprint event, mainly because our...

Dabs news: Drak 2024, Sprint News and More  

Dabs news: Drak 2024, Sprint News and More  

300 boats were entered for the Drak, 285 finished, 27 of which were from Dabs. Interestingly there were 60 doubles that finished – all of whom would have been terrified at the prospect of a low top section on day 2, from Castleburn down to Underberg. As it happened,...