Summer rains excite Dusi Canoe Marathon paddlers


With the 2022 MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon just weeks away, paddlers are taking advantage of consistently high water levels.

MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon organizer Shane Le Breton said the current water levels in the system are an encouraging sign for organizers and paddlers alike.

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“The water levels make paddling very fun and exhilarating. However, we urge paddlers to remain alert and take all necessary precautions when tripping on the river,” Le Breton said.

The season kicks off this weekend with the second race in the MyLife Dusi series at the Lighthouse Designs Ozzie Gladwin Canoe Marathon on the upper uMgeni River, which will also host the SA K2 Marathon Championships.

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“We are in the final stages of preparation for the Dusi and this coming weekend will be an exciting gauge of how the top crews line up,” he added.

Duzi Umgeni Conservation Trust Chairman Dave Still said this year’s Dusi is going to be exciting.

“We haven’t seen water like this in a while. We’ve seen a number of high Dusi in the past, but the lower levels are definitely more normal. Being able to paddle this year’s race will be a great experience,” said Still.

Still and his team expect Albert Falls Dam to overflow within the next two weeks, and with the overflow of Inanda Dam, there is a large amount of water in the system.

Le Breton urged paddlers who have not yet registered to race to do so.

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