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Florida paddlers prepping for the mighty Dusi

The training race consisted of a 14km paddle and a 3,5km run.

Paddlers are training harder than ever to prepare for the world’s toughest endurance canoe event, The Dusi Canoe River from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, at the end of February.

Paddlers grabbing every training opportunity that they could get, participated in the Dabulamanzi Dusi Jozi Jol at Emmarentia Dam on Sunday, 12 January. The training race consisted of a 14km paddle and 3,5km run, including a short intensive training sprint.

Tristan Trican and Hardus Theunissen during the intensive sprint and carry. Photo: Supplied.

It started with paddling and after some distance, paddlers had to get out of the water, pick up their boats and run with it. They then put their boats back into the water and continued paddling. These are essential skills for paddlers to master, seeing that the portages can be difficult and need to be practised to strengthen the paddlers’ backs, shoulders, arms and leg muscles.

The winning combination in this year’s K2 were two young Sowetan paddlers, Zanenhlahla Mbala and Sibusiso Chwayi, who completed the race in one hour 25 minutes.

Tristan Trican and Hardus Theunissen from Florida Lake Canoe Club enjoyed the training opportunity to work on their skills and techniques, and finished the fast-paced race in one hour, 43 minutes and 50 seconds.

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