RAGING water forced the organisers of the Brak River Challenge to alter the course by 6km.
An unexpected increase in water volume made the upper section of the challenging river too technical for the field, the majority of whom were novices tackling their first flowing river in a K2 or K3.
Rapids that are run on the Brak River have classic names such as Jackie Chang, Mother-in-Law, Threesome and Gert se Perd. The paddlers had to slog out the remaining kilometres on the flat Grassridge Dam which is the traditional starting point of the Hansa Fish.
Whispers of a three-day event have been bandied about for sometime as the Brak and Great Fish have clean water.
Unlike the Dusi paddlers will not have to contend with arduous portages or run the risk of an infectious disease. Kyle Copeman and Wayne Jones took overall line honours and will be looking to take the momentum heading into the Little Fish later in the month.
With the race base situated at the hamlet of Middleton, the Little Fish has become a “little legend” of paddle for the Eastern Cape.
Fast-flowing and technical, the river has its own charm with amazing scenery.
A lot narrower than the Great Fish paddlers have to be on the lookout as a silly swim can add minutes as the banks are steep.
2015 is K1 year and with defending champion Greg Louw back in the mix the youngsters will have their work cut out to dethrone the Little Fish King.
Event director Kevin Klette, who has taken the event to the next level, is eagerly anticipating a bumper race turnout from around the province.
Paddlers in Cape Town showed they are more than just river rats and sea dogs with a hard core bunch helping the firefighters on the front line.
Dawid and Jasper Mocke together with a crew of Fish Hoek Paddlers tackled the blaze head on to defend the suburb Clovelly.
Looking more like a bunch of bandits with balaclavas they gave of their time to help the Cape Fire Department.
Moving to surfing, the newly revamped world tour now known as the World Surf League kicked off on the Gold Coast in Australia.
Our own Jordy Smith has a great chance to take the title this and will be hoping for a better start than his round two exit last year.