Steve Blanckenberg

Paddled with Mike Ellis who was so talented and powerful, it was a bit like riding a bicycle downhill.

The boy was a genius in white water and I took great pleasure in taking a case of beers off Kenny Reynolds and Mark Perrow the previous year’s winners.  Obviously all credit to my partner though.

However nothing quite beat the excitement of Bruce Gillmer in the back of my boat when we past Dave Gillmer and Mike Hoffman after yet another horrific swim at Bad Rapid.

Nothing like family rivalry after 2 days in the Umkomaas Valley.  Bruce Gillmer still living on the bragging rights of his one and only ever win over his cousin.


Steve added: As they overtook them a  mixed double was flying by. He shouted “Please let us on your wave! We have important business!”
The MD obliged, ensuring they beat the bastids!!

Rumour has it Hoffman muttered “ffQokes!” at the finish . . .

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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