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Excitement ahead of Canoe race

2011-09-14 15:15
Canoeists (File)
Cradock – The 30th anniversary of the popular Fish River Canoe Marathon in Cradock on October 7 and 8 October promises to deliver a truly unique spectacle as paddlers embrace the festive “Pimp Me Pirate” theme for the race.

This regular highlight at the event creates an opportunity for enthusiastic participants to dress or “pimp” themselves and their boat to a theme, giving seconds and spectators a novel twist to enjoy that is unique to this canoeing race.

In previous years themes such as “Pimp Me Pink” and “Pimp Me Lumo” have lent colour and spirit of the paddlers on the river creating a talking point as they pass each other on route to the finish.

The 2010 competition winners Tim Clark and Josh Bouwer are eager to retain their title having already begun their search for the perfect pirate attire. Captain hook inspired paddle wear along with their canoe fitted with miniature canons and masts is what team mates at UKZN have proposed for this year’s competition.

“We flipping love the pimp my ride competition!” said Clark.

“It gives us non-competitive paddlers a chance to get up on the podium and win a prize way more rewarding than a silly medal - lots of Hansa!” Clark continued saying their 2010 win was a team effort from everyone at UKZN.

Aside from a fun competition this year’s winners will win themselves their weight in Hansa Pilsner as in the 2010 competition.

“The prize was quickly demolished at our annual fines meeting after the race,” he added.

“It’s an awesome experience to take part in this competition and people love all the pimped boats and the effort that goes into every pimped boat is appreciated by spectators and paddlers alike.

“It’s fantastic when you're tired and sore to have that extra cheer from the crowd to help push you to the finish,” said Clark.

Well-founded rumours point to the UKZN bid for a third successive title including a concerted effort that includes fitting a pirate ship mast to their boat, alongside several cannons.

The challenge to the intrepid students will be to ensure that this décor stays on their kayak for the duration of the two-day 892km race.

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