In 2008 Duzi Legend Martin Dreyer won his 7th Duzi Canoe Marathon Title, and what made it even more remarkable was that he was partnered by the first Duzi Valley local Michael Mbanjwa to win the race.

It was while training with Michael in the Duzi Valley that he realised just what potensial was there. all it needed was for someone to take them under their wings and with the right training, nutrition and equipment....well the rest of the paddling population better watch out.

As they say in the clasics the rest is history, with the backing of Compu-Share, USN and Hitec his dream has become a reality. The Martin Dreyer Cahnge a Life Acadamy  is now in its 3rd year and flourishing.


To date the results have surpassed evens Martins high expectations, in the Duzi 2009 they achieved 2 in the top 10 and 8 in the top 20, In 2010 it was even better with a 3rd place in the Duzi and a victory and 3rd place in the Non-Stop Duzi. The guys now have also taken on the Multi Sport, (Paddling Running and Mtb)  and recently in the major South African Multi Sport event the Triple Challenge took 4 of the top 6 positions....not bad for guys who had never ridden bikes before 2 years ago.

The Cape point Challenge for me is arguably the greatest Surfski Race anywhere, so come hell or high water I will line up at Scarbrough Beach each year, brave the elements, paddle around Cape Point to Fish Hoek. In the past it was a biannual event alternating with the 244km PE - EL (Southern Shamaal) Surfski Race, which come hell or high water I will also get to every 2 years, but since 2008 this changed and the Cape Point Challenge is now held every year, and every 2nd year only days seperate the 2. So after doing the 2008 PE - EL race I opted to paddle the Cape Point with Martin for old time sakes as it was the first race either of us did way back in 1993.

This year with it also being a PE - EL year the plan was hatched to paddle with one of his Acadamy guys, Kwanda Mhlophe, when Martin mentioned this to Kwanda his good mate and K2 partner Richard Cele was standing next to him and said he was also keen, so Steve Farrell who was recovering from a wrist injury jumped in and will partner Richard.


So tomorrow at 5 30 am Kwanda and Richard will line up at Scarbrough and take on the Fenn Cape Point Challenge, what an experiance it should be for them both, first time flying, first time in Cape Town and the First time on the sea. Dawid, Hank, Sean watch out this could be the begining of something great.