320 paddlers gather for the 2019 Freedom Paddle race

Date: Apr 29, 2019

Who would have thought Robben Island would ever be surrounded by surf-ski racers. It amplifies just how far South Africa has come in the past 25 years.

Hank McGregor and Andy Birkett, the world marathon champions, dominated the 27km Freedom Paddle race, winning the South African national double ski titles in the process.

Reigning world champion, Hayley Nixon and her partner Michelle Burn won the women’s title.

This  year 320 paddlers set off, almost double the amount of entries from 2018, with a huge increase in the prize money as well. [Read More]


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