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Flatwater Paddling

Sprints

In Canoe Sprint events, athletes race on a straight course, each boat in a separate lane, over three different distances: 200m, 500m, 1000m and 5000m as well as the 200m x 4 relay. There are Kayak events in single (K1), double (K2) and four (K4) boats, and Canoe events in single (C1), double (C2) and four (C4) boats.

In a Kayak, the paddler is seated and uses a two-blade paddle, while in a Canoe, the paddler is kneeling on one knee, and uses a single-blade paddle.

Canoe Sprint became an Olympic discipline in 1936 and its programme includes events over 200m, 500m and 1000m (ICF Planet canoe)

The sprint season is built around an autumn racing calendar in April and May each year, culminating in the SA Sprint Championships, and the hugely popular SA Schools Championships.

On the international calender, there are Sprint World Cups and ICF World Senior Canoe Sprint Championship and ICF World Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint Championship that are held annually at differing venues.

Marathons

Marathon racing is the most popular discipline in South African canoeing, and a vibrant calendar of events takes advantage of the many excellent paddling rivers and flat-water courses across the country.

The Flat-water Marathon Championships and SA Team selection take place in May/June ahead of the major world events in August to October.

Flatwater marathon racing is a highly tactical discipline that takes place in a lap format, with a portage at the end of every lap. Different distances are raced depending on age category and sex of participants.

Flatwater paddling news

Dabs News – Berg, Sprints and Other Stuff in July 2024

Congratulations to Tom Lovemore who claimed his first Berg win, in a remarkable battle with Robbie Herreveld, who he only shook of after Ordraplek, some 10km from the finish on day 4. At 52-years-old, Robbie is double the age of Tom, but he still has that incredible,...

Dabs news: Winter Time Trials and Our Canoeing Comrades

The cold arrived in full force, and with it the first of the Dabs Derakane Winter Time Trial Series KZN Resins and Ineos. Thanks to Steve Beal for once again sponsoring the Winter Series. The deal is you need to do 8 Thursday Time Trials before the end of August to...

Dabs news – GCU Marathon Champs 2024

Winter arrived on the highveld for the Gauteng Marathon Champs at Roodeplaat, so this was the first event where we have had cold weather. It was fresh for the K1s on Saturday and then on Sunday conditions got worse; but this did make the K2 racing and results...

SA Marathon Champs 2024

South African Canoe Marathon Championships Set for June 14-16, 2024 at Roodeplaat Dam Roodeplaat Dam, Gauteng - A selection of South Africa's world-beating canoeists will gather at Roodeplaat Dam on June 14-16 to compete for national titles as well as places in the SA...

Dabs News: Florida Lake & Dabs Bonus Race Reports

The Florida Lake Marathon on Saturday was the first of the series races with a bit of a chill in the air so it was a cold start for the Guppies. Ruoxi showed his form and consistency in winning again and making his mom and dad properly proud, while Buhle took the...

Dabs news: The Inaugural Dabs Short Course Night Race

By all accounts, this was another really successful Dabs event that everyone enjoyed, largely because it was so super spectator friendly; with the start at the grass bank, the new portage and the finish in front of the club being right there for all to see. First up...

Dabs News – Thank You’s, Congratulations and Elite Participation in May 2024

On Thursday we had our 44th AGM, with the chair reporting 2023 as a year of growth; in all aspects. Growth in membership, our coaches, our professional athletes, our international representation, our juniors, our Dabs Darlings, and in our Scarcies. The type of growth...

Dabs news – Marathons, Awards & More

The second GCU Marathon event was run on Saturday on what was a beautiful sunny-summer-like morning at VLC. Ruoxi Hao (U12) won the 3.6km Guppy K1 race while Asher William Wilson (U10) was second. First girl home was Aara Mariam. First home in the 10km dash were the...

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

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...