St Francis, halfway between Cape Town and Durban, with excellent paddling options, is well suited to hosting national events.

And so we have, hosting SA National Marathon Champs 2018 and 2020.

And we are delighted to announce that the SA National Marathon Champs 2023 will be held in June next year in St Francis.

Great news for St Francis.

St Francis is being recognized as SA’s Paddling Mecca.

Besides our sheltered canals, we have the wonderful Kromme River (also with fun downwinds), and the sea, often with quite sheltered paddling out to Shark Point, and often exciting (sometimes too exciting ..) westerly downwinds to JBay, and easterly downwinds to Oyster Bay, in the open ocean. And best of all, riding waves at Huletts. Some of our paddlers have even completed an epic 70km paddle to Eersterivier. And we are so lucky to have clean river and ocean water.

This is a huge undertaking, with well over 200 paddlers plus many more than 200 family members, with many age categories, plus singles and doubles, men and ladies.

The last two were great successes, and St Francis Paddling Club Chairman Charles Jonsson is keen to ensure that the next will be too.


— Richard Arderne