Robbie ‘Horrible’ Herreveld

By Bruce ‘Moose’ Clark

Fortunately for us Vaalies, we had a fountain of knowledge in the form of Robbie Herreveld – aka ‘Horrible’. If Horrible said something  about the Umkomaas you took it seriously. At the time he was in the middle of his paddling peak and, on the Umko, was in a class of his own. After a big flood, a few weeks before the race, he drove down and tripped the top stretch. When he got back we gathered around to pick his brains. He said, ‘Ja, pretty much the same but the hole at the bottom of No.8 is huge and be very careful of the rapid directly above No.8. The current on the sweeping bend has eroded the bank, and all the boulders are sticking out; there’s one boulder that’s at face height. If you drop in at the top of the rapid, on the wrong side of the tongue, you’re going to hit it with your face. Stay left or else you’re fucked.’

Author: bewilderbeast

It's about life, marriage, raising kids, paddling rivers, travel in Africa . . . re-posting thoughts written over decades - at random, I'm afraid.

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