Induna X-fest 2013 – Race Report

Posted by admin - March 25, 2013 - Adventure, Events, Our Community, Team Induna, Uncategorized, X-Fest - No Comments

Mix the most fun people to be with, together with an overdose of adrenaline and you get, not just the most exciting Induna kayaking X-fest, but also a unforgettable fun time between friends of all sorts! The competitors where hot and on fire and it was a fight right till the end.

There were 3 rapids that the pro kayakers raced to determine the winners. And please do not compare these rapids to those of the Dosi. Dosi = ALL. These 3 rapids all had a PG 18 and the last rapid “Siphon falls” a SNVL.

The first rapid of the day was Jeff’s Rapid. The name originated  from the last hole in the rapid that took a guy named Jeff to the cleaners, stuffed him in a washing machine for a minute and hanged him up to dry, without his kayak.

The second rapid is called Lock stock and 2 smoking barrels and it’s true. It’s a gunfight from top to bottom and you’re not always sure if things will work out according to plan.  It is a narrow rapid with rocks always lipping on your elbows and churning water that violently crave on any mistakes you make. Some kayakers came out second best and had to abandon ship as life under water did not fit into their future plans. When your mother says “Johny please put on your helmet” it’s always an act of good measure…But here it is as essential as breathing in and breathing out, as the water drag you along the rocks. When the word “fun” was invented, they  didn’t have in mind the face expressions and feelings that pop out of your body when you run these rapids in a kayak. They had to invent new words like “awesome” and “epic” and I am in no doubt that the next word that explains the pinnacle of extreme fun will come out a kayaker…

To add spice to the event we also had a Dual race down Lock Stock and 2 Smoking Barrels. The loser got  a 10 second penalty, so it was crucial to outwit your competitor to avoid being dropped of the podium. This was super exciting for all spectators as they experienced the tenseness as the kayakers exchanged the lead down this rapid, just because of a split second mistake or drop of concentration.

The leader board before the last rapid was tight with Shane Raw from Swaziland, paddling his new Fluid Bazooka, edging in front. 3rd And second was a tie between Dewet Michan and Daniel Barnard, while the rest of the competitors clung on with their nails to the podium.  The ladies Pro race had two competitors with Tammy Muir taking the lead over Samantha Dold. After a cohesive discussion about running the last rapid “Siphon falls” as part of the ladies Pro kayak race, we decided anonymously that the current situation was what we were to settle for and that there was no reason for unnecessary risks.  For the men, the Grand Finale was upon us…

The last rapid is where the mice are being left on earth and the men rocket launch to space! Siphon waterfall is only a 3 meter high waterfall but the aura around it is tangible and it makes you think twice, while you measure your skill level with the task at hand. The highlight to me was when a couple of kayakers had opt for the fast train home,but  the 2 ladies in the Pro Kayakers event both decided to paddle down Siphon Falls. So the writing was on the wall for those opt-out kayakers, and the only way that they could regain courage was to ignore their feelings and prove to themselves that if you put your will to something, all is possible. The drop above Siphon falls had enough water to run it, so this means that your approach would never be easy. Precision timing of your paddle strokes, and the positioning of your body weight, were of the utmost importance to try and utilise the water currents together with the edge/shape of your kayak, to successfully drop down and exit this waterfall. Do not forget that this was all part of a race to get from point A to B in the quickest time, and calculations on the next move had to be made in split seconds. Every racer was welcomed as a hero as they successfully or even not so successfully complete their run down Siphon Falls. The camaraderie between fellow paddlers is definitely something the world needs to learn from kayakers! To help someone along the way and to cheer someone on to success, is a trademark and character in each and every kayaker as they stand by each other till the end.  The leader board changed substantially, with Shane Raw keeping his lead comfortably! But Shaun Huddle knocked over De Wet Michan from the number 2 spot and Jay Hyde clawed his way to the 3rd position overall.

The beginners and intermediates also had their battle on a different stretch of river with way less risks and obstacles, but the fun factor and competitiveness was still way up there in the red zone.

Their races were decided over 2 rapids, “Long drop” and “Lions Rock.” From these 2 races, we determined a leader board which dual eliminated each other down “Lions rock” to determine the overall honours. Lions rock is a long continuous rapid with lots of waves and holes and diagonals to off coarse any brave soul that tempt it. The dual eliminator caused all sorts of upsets as each one had more than just the river to conquer. Life is always a bit more interesting if you throw a couple of human beings in a hot pressure cooker. In the end the men were defeated by Dewiko Loots, the ladies were won by Annallena May settled on and the 2-man-raft race by a German pair, Markus & Mona.

The Pro’s also had their fun at “Lions rock” as 6 kayakers had to race together while trying to gather their quota of markers before dashing to the finish line, to qualify for the finals. This proofed to be hilarious for any onlooker as they cat-fought each other with any method possible. The final consisted of a 4 man dash with no paddles to steer them but only their hands. This crazyness and entertaining competition was one by Daniel Barnard.

They say when you experience an adventure with someone it deepens your relationship. Your senses are in all alerts, and thus you are soaking in all that is around you, especially the people that walks/paddles along you on this quest of adventure and adrenaline. So ahoy friends, we hope to see you all again at the Induna X-fest 2014.

Pro Race

Place

Race No

Name

Surname

Total time

1 14 Shane Raw 00:02:33
2 16 Shaun Huddle 00:03:09
3 3 Jay Hyde 00:03:17
4 8 Daniel Barard 00:03:21
5 13 Dewet Michan 00:03:21
6 6 Kestell Barnard 00:03:32
7 15 Deon Bregtenbach 00:03:46
8 10 Luke Longridge 00:04:42

 

 

 

 

 

Intermediate Race

Male
Position Race No Name Surname

1

8

Dewiko Loots

2

7

Wikus Loots
Female
Position Race No Name Surname

1

1

Maritza De Kock

2

4

Annallena May

3

3

Geraldine Tintinger
 Crocs
Position Race No Name

1

5

Markus & Mona

2

9

Anna & Maimie

3

10

Retha & Gregory

 

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