Black Murray’s bite

2008-02-27 00:00

THERE’S a rapid (or three) in every canoe race that has earned the respect of the top paddlers and which strikes fear into the hearts of the less skilled. It’s the place where races are won and lost, where a swim can hand the lead to a rival, where taking a risk can pay dividends and where the rocks devour boats like hungry trolls that spit out bits of fibreglass and shattered dreams.

To put it into perspective, in the first 10 kilometres of the 2008 Drak Challenge, a section of river known as the Valley of a Thousand Rapids which includes horrors such as Boomslang Cataract and which has Black Murray as the final straw, so to speak, more than 50 paddlers damaged their boats so badly they were unable to continue.

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