River Canoe Marathon Media Release
26 June 2023
Written By : Nick Tatham
Locals expecting an exciting Berg
Paarl - As the rains continue to lash the Western Cape and bring
dam levels up to 100%, the 2023 Berg River Canoe Marathon is
expected to take place on a full river from 5-8 July.
As has been reported, the Berg River has hit the 100-year flood
line and the organisers are working hard to make sure that this
year is a race to remember for those intrepid paddlers that will
take on the ultimate canoe challenge.
The Berg continues to be a race that attracts the most hardcore
paddlers and remains the race to do on the national paddling
calendar given its long distances and unique challenges.
2023 might provide paddlers with something different and Berg
veteran René Boehm thinks that this year is definitely a year to
take on the Berg.
"The river is predicted to come down quite a lot after all the
rain that we have had so we are hoping it will be at around 50
cumecs for the race," Boehm said.
"The Berg is the ultimate canoe race and it's a bucket-list race
that every paddler should do!"
Given the predicted high water level for the race, Bohm thinks
that this year is a great year for those that are sitting on the
"The high water level will definitely make the race more
appealing, and if you haven't done one then this year is a great
year to start.
"We've paddled this race on every water level possible and a full
river definitely makes it easier.
"You will see that on a full river the average paddlers will
finish in a closer time to the winners compared to a low river,"
the 38-time Berg finisher said.
Safety of paddlers is of the utmost importance for the organisers
of the race, and they have put in place measures to make sure
that the river is as safe as possible for paddlers over the four
days of racing.
Despite the appeal of a full river, Boehm is encouraging paddlers
to take advantage and enter as soon as possible.
"You must get your entry in as soon as you can because we have a
special goodie bag for entrants. It's a great sports bag with a
long sleeve shirt, a cap and plenty of other goodies for those
that enter early."
This year’s race has attracted a few high-profile novices with
Western Cape surfski ace Kenny Rice taking on his first Berg and
2022 Dusi Canoe Marathon champions Dave Evans also entering as a
novice in 2023.
Entires for the 2023 Berg River Canoe Marathon are still open and
more information can be found at
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With more rain
predicted ahead of the Berg River Canoe Marathon starting on 5
July, local paddlers are predicting an exciting edition in 2023
with high water levels for paddlers to enjoy.
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