News 2015

Historic Hansa Fish decides 2015 SA K2 titles
Greg Louw has written his name into the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon record books by becoming the first Eastern Cape paddler in seventeen years to win the event that doubled as the 2015 South African K2 Championships after he and Andy Birkett maintained their overnight lead while Abby Solms and Anna Kožíšková successfully defended their women’s title in style on Saturday.

Louw & Birkett in control after SA K2 Champs opener
Hometown hero Greg Louw is in pole position to win the 2015 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon after he and partner Andy Birkett banked a two and a half minute lead during Friday’s opening stage from Grassridge Dam to below Knutsford while Abby Solms and Anna Kožíšková are well primed to retain their women’s title after their comfortable stage victory.

National pride on the line at 2015 Hansa Fish
Most of the country’s top canoeing combinations are in Cradock, Eastern Cape and eagerly anticipating the start of the mouthwatering 82km Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon from Grassridge Dam to Cradock Sports Complex that takes place on Friday and Saturday, 9 and 10 October and doubles as the 2015 South African K2 Championships.

2015 Hansa Fish women’s race awash with talent
The 2015 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon is fast shaping to be one of the hottest women’s clashes in recent history of the Eastern Cape’s major with the country’s top K2 women’s crews all vying for a coveted podium place.

‘Fisher King’ returns with SCARC star for 2015 Hansa Fish
Having been in the competitive racing wilderness for some time, Len Jenkins returns to one of his famous hunting grounds this weekend as he takes on the 2015 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon – a race that doubles as the 2015 South African K2 Championships – with Soweto Canoeing and Recreation Club star Siseko Ntondini.

German former Junior World Champ gets first taste of Fish
German former Junior Sprint World Champion Lieven Spur has added his name to the growing list of international paddlers entered for the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon in Cradock next weekend.

‘Fish and Chips’ paddler thriving off Hansa Fish vibe
As the racing snakes leave Grassridge Dam at the crack of dawn on Friday, 9 October for the start of the 2015 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon it is the ‘fish and chips’ that will take up the large majority of the river as they wind and bump their way with varying degrees of caution to the finish 82 kilometres away in Cradock and it is the hardy souls that brave the two-day adventure that make the race a unique experience for all that take part.

Mbanjwa brings form into Hansa Fish
After his recent win in the Green Kalahari Canoe Marathon, popular Valley Of A Thousand Hills paddling star Thulani Mbanjwa has set his sights on a concerted challenge at the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon in Cradock on 9 and 10 October.

Czech stars return for serious Hansa Fish challenge
The classy Czech Republic crew of Jakub Adam and Michael Odvarko have been confirmed for what is becoming an increasingly competitive line-up for the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on 9 and 10 October.

Whirlwind journey ends at Hansa Fish for defending champ
With just over two weeks to go until the 2015 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon five-time defending K2 champion Hank McGregor will travel just over 30 000km as he heads to the Pacific island of Tahiti for the ICF Ocean Racing World Championships then jets back in the nick of time for the two-day SA K2 championships in Cradock starting from 9-10 October.

Cradock economy thrives on Hansa Fish
As the 2015 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon draws nearer and the thousands prepare their pilgrimage to the small Karoo town the locals are licking their lips in anticipation of a R7 million cash injection into the local economy of the town over the few days leading up to and during the race that takes place from 9-10 October.

New world champion heads to South Africa to defend Fish title
Newly crowned women’s K1 marathon world champion Anna Koziskova of the Czech Republic is excitedly preparing for her trip to South Africa where she aims to add the 2015 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon K2 title to her gold and silver medal haul from the Győr, Hungary global titles decider.

Houston brothers pull together for Hansa Fish
Brothers Andrew and Alan Houston are keen to build on their excellent performance in the recent Breede River Canoe Marathon by targeting a strong finish at the hugely competitive Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on 9 and 10 October.

Cape women take aim at Hansa Fish
After winning their second successive Breede River Canoe Marathon title on the weekend the Cape duo of Alex Adie and Nikki Mocké are shifting their focus to the prestigious Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on 9 and 10 October.

Greg Louw eager to shed Fish bridesmaid role
Local hopeful Greg Louw is aiming for the top step of the podium at the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on 9 and 10 October to round off a hectic international competitive season, finally crown another Eastern Cape champion and, more than anything else, shed the irritating bridesmaid role that he has assumed in the K2 race in recent years.

Disability not stopping Olivier in maiden Fish quest
With the 2015 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon just over a month away, paddlers’ preparation is well underway and it is no different for Gauteng based para-canoeist Constant Olivier who will be tackling the iconic two-day journey from Grassridge Dam to the Sports Fields in Cradock from 9-10 October for the first time.

Emerging stars savour alpha male Fish fronting
Cape Town based duo Stuart Maclaren and Brandon van der Walt are fired-up to go toe-to-toe with the country’s top K2 crews at this year’s Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon in Cradock from 9-10 October having risen rapidly through the South African canoeing ranks in recent years.

Matthew Mole & Rubber Duc to rock Cradock at 2015 Hansa Fish
The Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon is never complete without some top-quality, local entertainment throughout the night following the finish of the gruelling two-day marathon with 2015’s race set to welcome the nationally renowned beats of Matthew Mole as well as the exciting, off the wall musical ensemble of Rubber Duc who will keep paddlers and fans entertained well into the evening on Saturday, 10 October.

Hansa Fish reunion for 1992 champions
The 2015 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on Friday 9 October and Saturday 10 October will see a reunion of the K2 crew that won the title 23 years ago, as Shaun Rice flies in from Australia to rekindle his paddling relationship with his former partner as well as the iconic race.

Stand up Paddleboarders set to make Fish history
A handful of pioneering Stand Up Paddleboarders are planning to make history by taking on the legendary two-day 82km Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon from Grassridge Dam to Sports Ground in Cradock on 9 and 10 October.

Hansa Fish set to end intense month of competition for elite stars
As entries opened for the 34th edition of the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 October 2015, elite paddlers are sizing up an intense month of competition that will end with the hugely popular two-day marathon that ends in the Karoo town of Cradock.

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