This year saw a new title sponsor for the Dusi and we were fortunate enough to shoot the event for the sponsor, The Unlimited Group. It was three days of hard work, but also three days of incredible fun as we traversed “the valley” in pursuit of some very good athletes. Starting at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg and ending at Blue Lagoon in Durban with some incredibly scenic landscape in between, this was one remarkable event. With a record K1 field of 1,740 paddlers, the event was held in memory of Graeme Pope-Ellis who died tragically last year.
Bruce Fordyce, who you’re more accustomed to seeing pounding the road between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, paddled his 10th Dusi this year in a K3 with Oscar Chalupski and businessman Marcel Joubert. Another incredible feat was the K2 pairing of Hugh Raw and Dicki Edwards, 70 and 71 years old respectively. And then there was also the highlight for spectators and paddlers alike of the Dusi Floozies – eye candy for the weary.
The race itself was incredible with the lead changing place several times over the three days and the gap between Andy and Ant being a mere 1 second at the end of it all!! Congrats Andy on an exceptional achievement. Robyn Kime dominated the ladies race despite swimming at the Earnie Pearce Wier at the start of day 1. There was also an amazingly strong contingent of “development” paddlers who made a strong statement.
Well done to all the finishers and especially to The Unlimited Group for an exceptional Dusi