Induna X-Fest 15 March 2014
So I am calling all kayakers old, VERY old, and new, to the Induna Xfest, 15 March 2014. From all corners of South Africa, make time in your schedule so that we can celebrate the free spirit, as man against nature challenge each other in search of the ultimate excitement!
The Induna X-fest kayaker’s coming together to decent themselves down the White water that the Sabie river has to offer. Excitement and adrenaline kicks in, trying to get to your target point faster than your competitors.
Induna Kayaking X-Fest – 15 March 2014
An Extreme Lifestyle Festival consisting of 4 events:
- White Water Kayaking – Extreme Down River Racing
White Water Kayaking
Pro Kayak Race – Class 3 & 4 Rapids on U1 Sabie Section
Beginner and Intermediate Race – Class 2 Rapid on Sabie River. Start at Hazyview Cabanas and finish at “Lion’s Rock” AKA “Devils Knuckles”
Friday 14 March 2014
Saturday 15 March 2014
06:30 – 07:00 Registration
07:00 – 07:30 Load Kayaks
08:00 – 08:45 Scouting of rapids
09:00 – 14:00 Pro Kayak Race (Sabie U1 Section – Class 4)
14:00 – 14:30 Load kayaks @ Induna Adventures Centre for intermediate/beginners race
14:30 – 15:00 Drive to Hazyview Cabanas
15:00 – 17:00 Beginner Kayak Race (Sabie Commercial Section – Class 2)
19:00 Prize Giving
How to ENTER?
Download Entry Form:
Fax completed Entry Form with Proof of Payment to 086 676 6031 or scan and E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration & Late Entries
Friday 14 March 18:00 @ Induna Adventures
Saturday 15 March 06:30 @ Induna Adventures
Pro Kayak Race – R 300
Beginner Kayak Race – R 300
Official X Fest T – Shirt – R 50
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Beginners/Intermediate kayak race
Hold on to your toggle, cause this year there is space for beginners and intermediate kayakers at the Induna kayaking X-fest. This will happen on the commercial stretch of the Sabie River on grade 2 rapids. Think you are better than this? Remember racing and running a river are 2 different things.
How will it work?
You will be dropped off at Hazyview Cabanas. The first race will be from “Dog’s Leg” to the end of “Long drop” We will all casually paddle through the next pool towards our stand-off rapid “Lions Rock” previously AKA “Devils Knuckles”. This will give us a leader board which will compete in a dual eliminator. 2 race together, the loser falls out…
I cannot role?
So you won’t be the only one. It is definitely something that we must work on, but come in any case.
I do not have a kayak?
You can borrow/hire from us. There is also the option to try it in a sit-on-top (T&C apply – maybe you will be time gapped) Bring whatever you got, we’ll try and make rule’s to determine the best paddler on the day.
Can I do it in an inflatable?
Yes, inflatable kayak is good to go and a croc is also an option (T&C apply – maybe you will be time gapped) There is also the option to hire a croc, if necessary.
When and where?
14:30 we will drive from Induna Adventures towards Hazyview Cabanas.15:00 the race starts!The race starts after the Pro-Kayak race, so you are welcome to spectate that first. And I am sure a lot of the Pro-kayakers will cheer and support.
Pro Kayak Race
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Beginner Kayak Race
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Induna Kayaking X-fest 2013
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.
|Markus Buttner & Mona Bildhauer|
|Retha van der Merwe & Gregory Smith|
|Maimie Augustine & Anna-louise Scholtz|
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