Who will be the King of the Kromme?

2018-03-29 06:02
Now in its 13th year, the annual Pam Golding Properties King of the Kromme, is set to take to the water at Quaysyde Restaurant at 16:00 on Easter Saturday, March 31.        Photo:SUPPLIED

Now in its 13th year, the annual Pam Golding Properties King of the Kromme, is set to take to the water at Quaysyde Restaurant at 16:00 on Easter Saturday, March 31. Photo:SUPPLIED

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AVID paddlers will chop up the water at St Francis Bay in their furious quest to become the next King of the Kromme.

Now in its 13th year, the annual Pam Golding Properties King of the Kromme, is set to take to the water at Quaysyde Restaurant at 16:00 on Easter Saturday, March 31.

It is anticipated that the shift of the event from a Sunday to a Saturday, will see more paddlers competing this year.

Hosted by the St Francis Paddling Club and sponsored by Pam Golding Properties, the main race will stretch over 20km, while the short race will have contestants paddling for 12km.

There will also be a 1km race for paddlers under 12, as well as a guppy race for paddlers under 10.

Contestants will paddle off at Quasyde Restaurant, from where they will follow the canals for 1km, before paddling up the Kromme River for 8km until they reach the Geelhout Tributary. From their it is 2km to the turn at the buoy.

Then it is a race back to the finish line with some assistance from the tide.

“This is a particularly special stretch with indigenous bush right up to the banks. The river becomes ever narrower until it is about 8m wide at the turn,” says Richard Arderne from Pam Golding.

Though it is a singles race, doubles are also welcome.

It is hoped that this year the prestigious floating trophy will go to a local paddler. So far, the race has been dominated by Port Elizabeth paddlers Scot Johnson, Calvin Zeelie, Jordan Zeelie, Luke McNish and Greg Louw. Other winners include Juan Maree from Cradock, Dave Hamilton-Brown from Johannesburg and Matt Bouman from Durban.

The main prize for the 20km single race is R2 000, while the runner-up and second runner-up will receive R1 000 and R500 respectively.

A split-shaft Carbonology paddle valued at R2 500 will be up for grabs in the lucky draw.

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