The Leaders followed by the Media helicopter.
Having never been involved or seen a Non Stop Duzi before I had the great privilege this past weekend to head to Durban and watch not only the Non Stop but also history being made when two of the Change a Life athletes became the 1st all black crew to win a major canoe race in South Africa.Thomas Ngidi and Eric Zondi are on a role at the moment having already finished 3rd in the Duzi.
The Non Stop Duzi is the whole Duzi from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in one day, no stops no chances for repairs and no bad days.Martin had arranged Jacques Marais to take photos of his paddlers and these great shots are curtacy of him.Please visit his website www.jacquesmarais.co.za for more great shots.

The winners.
Thomas and Eric took control from the start and never looked back setting a cracking pace even as the temperature climbed to 47 degrees Celsius in the valley, eventually winning by 10min from Craig Turton and Kalvin Trautman with another Change a life crew of Kwanda Mahlope and Richard Cele finishing 3rd. This was a great result for ORKA Paddles with 5 of the six podium finishes using my blades.

Kwanda and Richard
Now not only is there a K2 catagory but also a K1 catagory and here a great race developed between Loveday Zondi and Lucas Mahalane(Change a Life) with the lead changing several times and Loveday eventually winning from Lucas and another Change a Life athlete Nhlanhla Cele in 3rd and the defending champion Mark Mulder in 4th, another great result for ORKA as 3 of the top 4 use Orka paddles.

Martin Dreyer congratulating both Lucas and Nhlanhla at the Finish.
All I can say is what an experience it was to be there and be apart of such a great occasion. Bring on next year!





Some more great shots from Jacques  Marais.