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12 Cho Oyu - The Turquoise Goddess at the Top of the World

16 Hunting Trolls and Other Monsters in Europe

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22 The Botter Trail run - A Mountain Trail Run to Celebrate Spring!

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26 Crossing Africa on a Bamboo Bike

30 Lesotho - A Weekend Warrior Paradise

34 Discovering Deep, Dark Africa on our Honeymoon

40 Support for DAKAR 2013

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47 Mauritius: Beyond Cocktail Country

52 Six Against the World

56 Introducing Surfing's Newest Addition

62 Basics Bring Home the Bacon

66 Surin and Similan Islands - You're Surin for an Underwater Treat

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Wayne, Sean, and Sonam -

by Lance Metz

Cho

Oyu

On 7 May 2012, at 09h12 nepalese tiMe, i suMMited ChO

Oyu (8,201 M), the sixth highest MOuntain in the wOrld

and in the saMe range as MOunt everest (8,848 M),

a Mere 25 kM away. in sO dOing, i beCaMe the first

sOuth afriCan wOMan tO stand On this little spOt

Of MOther earth! This brief moment was the culmination of years of

mountaineering, months of specific planning and training, and the preceding five

weeks of trekking and climbing from our departure point at Kathmandu. Standing

at my side was my accompanying Nepalese sherpa, 'Little' Lakpa, a veteran of

Himalayan mountaineering.

12 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

The

Turquoise

Goddess aT

The Top of

The World

The rest of the South African

team, with their sherpa support,

reached the summit soon after;

Lance Metz, Ben Swart, Wayne

Downing, and Donald O’Connor.

The team leader, Sean Disney,

sacrificed his summit and

remained at Camp 3 (7,700 m)

due to a shortage of oxygen

cylinders.�


FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:

1. Between Camp 1 and Camp 2 - passing a

crevasse - by Sean Disney 2. Climbing in the

Yellow Band on summit day - by Sonam 3. The

team and sherpas at Camp 2 after summiting

- by Sonam 4. A crow’s nest of old ropes as

seen while climbing in the Yellow Band on

summit day - by Sonam 5. View from Camp 2

- by Ben Swart 6. Climbing in the icefall -

by Sonam 7. Lakpa sherpa at the summit

- by Elsie Bezuidenhout

14 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

Scaling mountains such as Cho Oyu is a

team business and materially influenced

by expedition leadership. My summiting

and the team’s success is a function of

enjoying the benefits of a highly experienced

expedition leader and an excellent team of

Nepalese sherpas. These little-big people

are giants at ferrying enormous loads of gear

and material up the mountains, and just as

importantly they attach climbing ropes in the

most inaccessible places ahead of climbers.

Homage is paid to Sean, the quintessential

expedition leader. He led from the front,

pushed from the back, and walked alongside

us. The leader also has to make critical

decisions about safety, climbing ‘rotations’

(climb high, sleep slow), acclimatisation

processes (the human body can adapt over

time to high altitude to allow it to partially

compensate for the lack of oxygen), and

assessing weather patterns. Sean constantly

monitored weather forecasts to programme

the final rotation for the summit attempt. His

accurate weather decisions were crucial to

our success. On some of the rotations we

faced blizzards and winds of up to 80 km/h,

but crucially on summit day we enjoyed the

most spectacular clear and calm day.

The expedition commenced in Kathmandu.

From there we travelled in an entourage of

Land Cruisers across the Nepal/Tibetan

border to Base Camp (BC). At this point

two tonnes of equipment and food were

loaded onto yaks (a sort of long-haired

ox that inhabits the Himalayan area), with

the sherpas in charge, and transported to

Advanced Base Camp (ABC). The entire

extended team hiked the 23 km to ABC

over two days. During this time our gear

was tested when we were confronted by a

massive blizzard.

ABC was located at 5,700 m (just 100 m

lower than the summit of Kilimanjaro). The

selected ABC area is a sea of huge boulders

randomly scattered and surrounded by

peaks covered in snow and ice that tower

7,000 m into the air. Moments of high

visibility rendered an awe inspiring view

of Mount Cho Oyu to the east. We spent

most of our six-week expedition here at

ABC; it was our ‘recovery zone’ and where

our bodies adapted to the altitude and

rigours of mountain climbing. From ABC

we ventured through a three-kilometre

boulder-strewn valley to reach the foot of a

monster 400 m vertical scree slope (scree

is a steep slope with loose rock and debris)

before reaching Camp 1 at 6,400 m on a

snow-covered ridge. We repeated this

to and fro hike four times as part of our

acclimatisation process.


the CliMb frOM CaMp 1 tO CaMp 2 at 7,200 M was a gruelling 800 M vertiCal

and teChniCal One that went thrOugh a MajOr iCefall and up an iCe

headwall. it was during this CliMb when i was tested tO My liMits.

the traverse pOint is very expOsed and steep; the evidenCe Of its

triCkiness seen in the frOzen bOdy Of a CliMber frOM the previOus

seasOn lying at the bOttOM Of the iCefall. the bOdy served as a sOber

reMinder Of hOw life-saving, iMpOrtant teChniCal details are, suCh

as ensuring that One Clips in prOperly tO the fixed lines and keeping

One’s tOehOlds and balanCe.

Next up was Camp 3 at 7,700 m. To reach Camp 3 we had a steep and

challenging rock and ice crossing of 500 m (vertical). This camp was

the final staging post for our summit attempt, and in preparation for our

summit bid we slept connected to oxygen. At this altitude we were in

what is called the ‘Death Zone’; an altitude at which the human body

can no longer acclimatise. Simply put, the volume of oxygen is not high

enough to sustain human life. At 8,000 m above sea level, the oxygen

volume is only a third of its value at sea level. The supplemental oxygen

used during the night is intended to ensure that proper rest is achieved.

This is not an easy achievement due to a condition called ‘altitude sleep

apnoea’, which causes terrible sleep deprivation. At high altitude one is

conscious of one’s difficult breathing when awake, but when sleeping

one’s body goes into a very slow breathing rate that causes one to

wake up in a panic and with a feeling of suffocation. This is called ‘Chain

Stokes Syndrome’.

We set out for the summit at 01h00 on the morning of 7 May. Lance

planned to attempt the summit without oxygen, but the rest of us were

happily sucking oxygen through our masks. After an hour of climbing

up a steep snow slope we were faced with a 200 m vertical limestone

wall called ‘the Yellow Band’. New ropes had not yet been fixed for this

season, so we had to use the ropes from the previous seasons, which

entailed risk. At times only one person could be on the ropes as these

seemingly helpful aids could not be trusted. Each person had to wait

patiently in the dark and cold for a turn to perform their gymnastics on the

ropes, climbing across the rock and digging crampons into the surface.

Extreme care had to be exercised, and at times I could not feel my fingers

and toes and made a constant effort to wiggle and move them to keep

the circulation going. Just before sunrise the temperature plummeted to

minus 40 degrees C. With a great sense of relief I eventually crested the

last section of the Yellow Band, only to be met with further rock faces.

Each step required a conscious effort, as did each struggling breath.

Once past the series of rock faces I finally reached the summit plateau.

From here it was another 45 minutes of laboured breathing, ploughing

knee deep through snow or scraping over iced layers before I crested

the true summit. I literally counted out 15 steps, rested, took another

15 steps, and so it went to keep myself moving. My supporting sherpa

reached the summit first, and started jumping up and down as he

pointed to something behind him. I wondered how it was possible that

he was jumping while I could only stumble! Then I saw it ... Everest! I was

told that only when you see Everest and the prayer flags are you on the

true summit. A few more steps and I was on the summit of Cho Oyu! I

dropped to my knees as it was the most humbling feeling; the privilege

of standing on one of the highest mountains in the world and having a

360 degree view of the most majestic and beautiful mountain range in the

world - the Himalayas. It was a dream come true.

But no successful expedition is over until one has safely descended

from the summit. I took extreme caution descending and constantly told

myself not to make any mistakes. I finally reached Camp 2 at 16h00,

utterly exhausted but elated, and past my physical limits but content. I

had accomplished my objective!

Having completed a long and tough expedition

that tested all my faculties and will power, I

embrace my life philosophy that one needs

to dream big and do what it takes to achieve

such dreams. •

èRelates articles:

• Climbing to the Top of Europe -

Mt. Elbrus (Issue 19, p. 16)

• Summiting Africa's Icy Crown

(Issue 18, p. 40)

• Antarctica - A Race Against Time

(Issue 17, p. 32)

dinFO box

Elsie has already summited six of the

seven summits. Now her dream is to

climb Everest and follow in the footsteps

of Mandy Ramsden and become only

the second South African female to

complete the seven summits. Raising

the money to climb Everest is the

challenge. For more information, visit her

website www.sa7summits.co.za.

elsie's mounTaineerinG experience:

Kilimanjaro - Africa (Oct 2001)

Everest Base Camp - Himalayas (Oct 2005)

Aconcagua - South America (Dec 2005)

Denali - North America, Alaska (May 2007)

Mt. Vinson - Antarctica (Jan 2009)

Elbrus - Europe Russia (July 2009)

Carstensz Pyramid - Papua, Indonesia

(Oct 2009)

Ararat - Turkey (Sep 2011)

Damavand - Iran (Sep 2011)

Cho Oyu - Tibet (May 2012) - First

South African woman

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inALTITUDE: Words: Amy Shaw | Photos: Various contributors

Hunting

trolls

and Other Monsters

in Europe

16 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

I was on a two-month BASE

jumping pilgrimage to some of

Europe’s big walls, where my travels

took me through Switzerland, Italy,

and to the literal beginnings of

European big wall BASE jumping,

Norway. Having visited Switzerland

and Italy for BASE before, I had

some idea of what to expect, but

this would be my first visit to the

monstrous walls of Norway.�

First attempt on the Mushroom

flouted by bad weather


NOrway

I had been warned of exhausting,

technical hikes, and fickle, unpredictable

weather, but nothing could truly prepare

me for the sheer scale of this land.

I arrived to a mysterious country

shrouded in fog and an almost

perpetual drizzle, aquamarine fjords,

and an eerie presence lurking behind

the veil of weather. I knew what was

there, it was the reason I had come.

Giants. Norway’s legendary 1,500 m

cliffs or 'walls' as we call them, are

some of the highest in the world, and

for people like me who make a hobby

of parachuting off cliffs and other fixed

objects, the Holy Grail. These would

be the biggest cliffs I had ever jumped

from and, although I didn’t know it as

I stepped off my plane at Stavanger

Airport, my most challenging BASE

jumping adventure to date.

The hikes in Norway vary from two to

six hours over rugged and sometimes

technical terrain. Because of largely

poor weather for BASE jumping, a

lot of time is spent trawling weather

forecasts in an attempt to guess

the most favourable time of day to

jump; the elusive 'weather window'.

The window might come at 1 a.m. or

8 p.m., so with 24 hours of daylight

we hiked when the forecast told us

to, and slept in-between. Each jump

was nothing short of an expedition!

In the first two days I had hiked up

and back down twice without a single

jump. It was clear these mountains

were not going to simply lift their skirts

for us, this was BASE jumping boot

camp! People often watch me spend

40 minutes meticulously packing my

BASE jumping parachute, “All this

effort just for one jump?” they ask.

Man, you don’t know the half of it.

The biggest challenge for me was

the uncertainty. As you near the top,

or the 'exit' as we call it, you must

psychologically deal with the fact that

in 10 minutes you could be landed,

exhilarated, and warm at the bottom,

or face a cold, sketchy four-hour

scramble back down in freezing rain

and snow.

18 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT

1. Amy looks over the exit at Katthammer, Norway 2. Fjords of Norway

3. A jumper crosses the gap between the north face of the Eiger and

The Mushroom, by Chris “Douggs” McDougall, www.basedreams.com

On one particularly gruelling hike up to a jump called the Katthammer,

my buddy laughed as I described feeling like a bug scrambling on all

fours over the back of a beastly troll, the mud and moss its mange-ridden

fur that peeled off its granite back and into my hands as I struggled to

stay rooted on its ever-moving surface. My imagination mirrored my

mood, and at that moment the trolls of Norwegian folklore were more

of the horror than fantasy version! But then, as I struggled on, smeared

in mud like a guerilla fighter, the fog swirled, broke, and revealed them;

the giants that had brought me here showed themselves at last and

I was simply blown away. These colossal mountains attract BASE

jumpers from every corner of the globe and are the very inspiration of

the sport itself.

This is whaT BasE jumping is all aBouT, from

ThE inTimaTE folding of your lifE prEsErving

parachuTE and ThE physicaliTy of ThE hikE,

To ThE inTEnsE mEnTal challEngE of ThE

poTEnTially mind Blurring frEEfall. iT is

noThing for onE jump, iT is a complETE

ExpEriEncE.

We reached the top of the beastly Katthammer physically fatigued

but exhilarated. With the constant pressure of potentially missing the

weather window in the back of our minds, it was an adrenalin rush

from the first step of the steep three-hour hike to the exit. At the top,

there was little time to contemplate the powerful scenery around us, for

that tricky weather window was closing fast! We kitted up, slapped a

hasty high five, and left the rock sopping wet, covered in mud, and with

fingers frozen. And then all at once I was in freefall, a LOT of freefall.�


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One thousand two hundred metres of intense

and eye-watering speed, as the magnificent

terrain roars past for 35 seconds of powerful,

epic, human flight. The jumps are technical

here, requiring a precise flight path to avoid

terrain. The scenery in Norway, as giant and

monstrous as it is, creates majestic visuals in

freefall, the experience somehow amplified by

the sheer enormity of the place and everything

in it. This place is built for viewing at high speed!

Living, breathing, roaring speed! I am an aircraft

with a thousand intricate moving parts, the

most advanced on the planet, and I am exactly

where I want to be!

I had travelled to Italy to jump from the mighty

1,200 m Mt. Brento, and in Norway I flew a

wingsuit past the Trollstigen or 'Trolls Ladder',

the famous winding alpine road. But one monster

continued to elude us, the infamous Troll Wall of

Norway; a colossal formation of spires sporting

a 1,700 m drop from exit to landing. The wall

gets its name from the Norwegian legend that

trolls attended a wedding one night, stayed

too late partying and on their way home were

caught by the sunrise and turned to stone. It

is also one of the birthplaces of modern-day

BASE jumping, made famous by Carl Boenish,

the Father of our sport.

We spent many days in Norway weather

watching in hope of claiming this giant, many

times waking at 1 a.m. only to find the weather

was poor and having to abandon our expedition.

On my final day in Norway, we decided to take

our chances with the weather. We got an 'alpine

start' at 1 a.m. and in the shifting fog and wind

I felt like Frodo on the last push to Mordor. At

one stage, as I clung to a sketchy ice ledge,

my buddy, an experienced mountaineer, asked

me if I had any ice climbing experience as

this type of terrain usually warrants ice axes

and crampons. As I clung bare fingered in my

skate shoes, I replied that I had little climbing

experience of any sort. So instead of offering

his usual technical tips, he raised his eyebrows

and feigned nonchalance with, “Okay then.

Don’t fall off.”

At the top of the troll it was clear that we would

not be jumping that day. The wind howled to

the point where it was impossible even to stand

upright at the precipice, so we had to settle for

crawling to the edge and peering over at our

would-be prize. The word 'exit' that was painted

on the rock back in the '80s by Carl Boenish

himself, could still be seen. It felt like a prize

just to be there, and though it was hard to turn

and start the four-hour hike back down, it was

not without a certain sense of accomplishment;

not just for being where all the craziness that is

BASE started, but for feeling like, in the process

of this journey, I had gained a new level of

understanding into the 'why' of my sport.

20 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT

1. Wingsuiting in Switzerland

2. Teamwork on the north face

of the Eiger

swiTzErland

In stark contrast to my experience in Norway, Switzerland offered

relatively easy hikes and temperate weather. I jumped in an area close

to Interlaken, affectionately known to BASE jumpers as 'the valley'. It

is BASE jumping Disneyland, with the train and cable car infrastructure

in place for the winter ski season effectively halving our hiking times.

Here one can jump up to 10 times a day compared with Norway’s epic,

single jump expeditions.

On previous trips to Switzerland, weather had hindered my attempts

to claim one famous BASE jumping prize; the North Face of the

Eiger, an exit known to BASE jumpers as 'The Mushroom'. This year

I intended to change that. The Mushroom is one of those deliciously

sating 'complete experience' jumps, involving an alpine train ride, an

exposed three-hour scramble, a bit of rope work, and some makeshift

climbing. The Mushroom itself is separated from the main face of the

Eiger by a two-metre gap that's connected by a wire cable bolted

across. With climbing slings looped through our parachute harnesses

and a karabiner attached, we clipped onto the cable and effectively

zip-lined over the 1,000 metre drop below. The Eiger is infamous for

her unpredictable weather and, as if to prove that nothing comes

cheap in this sport, despite favourable weather forecasts, my party

arrived atop of The Mushroom to thick cloud cover, and a no go for

BASE jumping. We waited for hours in hope, but finally had to accept

defeat and started the long and treacherous scramble back down.

The following day, a little stiff and tired but in high spirits from the epic

views and adrenalin-filled hike the day before, we attacked the Eiger

again. Despite an identical weather forecast the sky could not have

looked more different and the scene was welcoming as we arrived

atop our prize. Standing on such a unique rock feature, exposed and

alien, is an empowering experience. And watching it shrink behind you

as you accelerate to 140 km/h of freefall, even more so.

lEssons lEarnT

During this trip I learnt many things; I learnt to appreciate beauty in

the rain, to accept a helping hand when offered, and the satisfying

feeling of conquering something, both together and alone. Of pushing

oneself to the edge of one’s physical and mental capabilities amongst

the most exquisite, wild, and rich elements of our planet. But most of

all, I learnt to appreciate every moment for what it is right now, and not

what I hope it will become.

So although I left this land with certain monsters left unconquered,

these are monsters I will happily return to hunt again and again. For

that is what it’s really all about. •

èRelates articles:

• Magnificence on the Far Side of Fear (Issue 17, p. 48)

• Jumping into Paradise (Issue 20, p. 14)


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inTRAIL: Words & Photos: Ugene Nel

The

BoTTer

Trail

run

A

Way back in 1672, merchants from the cape

would trek across the flats and over the

helderberg mountains with a variety of produce

and trade it for caskets full of 'botter' (butter)

from the Khoi-khoi, who lived along the banks

of what became known as the Bot river - a name

derived from the Afrikaans word for butter ‘botter’ and the Khoikhoi's

word ‘Couga’, which means 'abundance of fat'. The name

stuck, and today this river flows through the small, picturesque

village of Bot River into a large lagoon, which forms a marsh at its

mouth. These wetlands are home to thousands of waterfowl, and

one of the only remaining herds of wild horses roams the area.

22 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

MountAin trAil

run to CelebrAte

Spring!

Nestled in the foothills of the

Houw Hoek Mountains, the

fertile valley that surrounds

the mountains is covered in

fynbos, and the historical wine

farms and fields of wheat are

what makes this area a real

gem; a sanctuary in a world

gone mad. And so it comes as

no surprise that over the last

two decades, Bot River has

transformed into a destination

that offers plenty of good old

fashioned outdoor activities,

as well as things near and

dear to all our hearts; great

wines, good food and friendly

folk.

Driving through town, the

first place that catches the

eye is the Bot River Hotel

in the village square, which

is said to have been built in

the 1890s. A split second

later, the wine barrels at the

entrance to Beaumont Wines

suggest that one should pop

in and experience bliss in

glass. The Beaumont family

runs the cellar and farm with

total passion and it’s evident

once you meet with them. This

is also home to the region's

oldest wine cellar, and in

recent times one of the oldest

water mills in the Overberg

was restored to working

condition - 80 years on!�


This little ‘undiscovered’ gem is well worth a visit

and an excellent time to do so is in spring, when

the Botrivier Spring Festival is held over the weekend

of 31 August 2013. For those who also want to

experience the great outdoors, Quantum Adventures

has created another Country Classic trail run that will

blend in well with the spring festivities. The inaugural

Botter Trail Run takes place on Saturday, 31 August

2013, and will see runners enjoying pristine

single track against the majestic backdrop of the

surrounding mountain slopes, as well as stunning

vistas of the valley.

WhaT To expecT

• Pack your trail shoes, mountain bike and any other

outdoor gadgets you have and rock up on the

Friday evening.

• It’s been a thirsty, 90-minute drive from Cape

Town, so pay a quick-ish visit to the Bot River

Hotel to quench that insatiable thirst. Or perhaps

check out where you are sleeping in the village

first!

• If you fancy a cracking, crisp, fresh pizza, wander

across the village square and visit the Shunt

n Shed, a lively pizza joint inside an old train

caboose. The pizzas are great!

• Once you’ve carbo loaded, and if you haven’t

already found your abode for the next two nights,

this would be a good time to do so.

• Wake up around 06h30-ish, stretch and grab some

breakfast and real coffee.

• Just to warm up, consider taking a slow jog to the

edge of the village where the ‘Botter’ starts. Take

it easy though, as you won’t want to overdo it just

yet.

• Arrive at the start just in time for the run briefing,

and whilst hanging around see if you can recognise

any pre-winter friends and reacquaint yourself.

• Listen to run briefing - I know it’s a tough two

minutes, but well worth it!

• Set off and experience blissful running on splendid

single tracks, pristine views and crisp, fresh air!

• Depending on which distance you choose to run -

21 km or 8 km - you might be out there for a good

three hours in the case of the longer route.

• After your mountain trail experience, grab a

chilled drink, recline with your mates, exchange

war stories and enjoy a relaxed prize-giving. You

might be one of the lucky ones to win one of many

awesome prizes up for grabs!

• The rest of the fun entails wine tastings, indulging

in good food, meeting the wine makers in person,

more wine tastings, beer and more good food.

There’s not many better ways to spend a day with

friends!

• Other activities on offer include fly fishing, horse

riding, visiting the art exhibits, live music and, of

course, taking your mountain bike for a spin!

• You’ve now entered the ‘timeless’ zone, where

time is not a concern during this weekend.

24 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

an added Bonus for capeTonians

is ThaT all of This aWesomeness

is only 90-minuTes aWay on The

n2. so WiTh plenTy of Time To

BooK your accommodaTion and

prepare for and enTer This Trail

run, There’s no reason Why you

can’T ‘BoTTer’ your Bread on

BoTh sides - riGhT? BuT Be sure To

enTer online When enTries open

on 1 march 2013, as iT’s Bound To

sell ouT in no Time aT all. •


did you KnoW?

• This will be the fourth run of six in the Quantum Country

Classic (QCC) Series 2013.

• You will be part of and share the trails with a very special

crowd of ‘trail’ runners when you enter and take part in

one of these Classics.

• Race winners within the series will each receive R6,000

cash and an invitation to tackle the 100 km Verdon

Canyon Challenge in the French Alps, in July 2014. Entry

and accommodation will be provided courtesy of the

French. In return, they will send their male and female

winners to take part in one of the two-stage trail runs

organised by Quantum Adventures.

èRelated articles:

• Quantum Leap. Lessons and the Sequel!

(Issue 20, p. 30)

• RETTO 2012, The Perfect Race (Digital article,

November '12)

• Oorlogskloof Mountain Trail Run - A one-of-a-

kind mountain trail race (Issue 16, p. 96)

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QuAnTuM COunTRy CLAssIC DATEs FOR 2013

1. Oorlogskloof Mountain Run: 27 April - 5 km,

18 km and 42 km - Oorlogskloof Nature

Reserve, Nieuwoudtville

2. Arangieskop Trail Challenge: 23 February -

10 km and 24 km - Robertson

3. Grootvadersbosch Trail Challenge: 19-21 July

- Day 1 = 30 km, Day 2 = 20 km plus a shorter,

separate 5 km - Grootvadersbosch Nature

Reserve, near Swellendam/Heidelberg

4. Botter Trail Run: 31 August - 21 km and 8 km -

Botrivier Spring Festival

5. Berg & Beach: 4-6 October - Day 1 = 23 km

coastal trail, Day 2 = 27 km mountain trail -

Hermanus, Whale Festival

6. Muizenberg Mountain Challenge: 7 December -

12 km - the turkey earner!

sPuR ADVEnTuRE sPRInT RACEs

1. Paul Cluver Estate, Grabouw: 13 January

2. Lourensford Estate, Somerset West: 10 February

3. Oak Valley Estate, Elgin: 17 March

4. Oak Valley Estate, Elgin: 27 October

5. Lourensford Estate, Somerset West: 10 November

6. Oak Valley Estate, Elgin: 1 December

ExPEDITIOn ADVEnTuRE RACE

250 km Namaqua Quantum Leap (the Sequel):

21-25 August - Namaqua, Hantam Karoo and

Cedarberg. Unfinished business!

For more information on the above events and to

enter visit www.quantumadventures.co.za. To

check out the images of past trail runs and interact

with other runners, visit the Quantum Adventures

Events FB page.

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inGEAR: Words & Photos: Matteo Samettii | Video: Giorgia Marchitelli

Crossing

Africa on a

Bamboo

Bike

I'd been thinking about taking a

bicycle tour across Africa for a

while, but I just hadn't found a

good enough reason or the timing

wasn't right. But this all changed when

the Chieftainess Nkomesha Mukamambo II, a

traditional leader who administers (well I must add)

her land in a district as big as Gauteng, wanted

to build a new, innovative school for one of her

villages, and Sport2build was approached to raise

funds.

Desert encounters in Sudan

26 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

Serena and Giorgia, my partners in Sport2build, and

I happily accepted the challenge. The plan was that

I would cycle from Chongwe, in Zambia, all the way

to London, a distance of approximately 8,400 km.

With the help of a well-organised media and

awareness campaign, funds would be raised

through supporters making donations. Furthermore,

networking along the way would be fundamental

to spreading Sport2build's message: Sport can

change your life!

Our first objective was to find a mode of transport

representative of Africa to demonstrate that it's

possible to do incredible things with very little. We

decided that a bamboo bike would best represent the

true spirit of this journey because it was a Zambian

product, innovative, ecological, economical (about

$700) and able to absorb, muffle and deaden the

harsh conditions of Africa's ramshackle roads.

London would be my final destination and I needed

to reach it before 29 August 2012, the date of

the Paralympics' Opening Ceremony. We had

chosen the Paralympics because it is the ultimate

expression of sport for all, and embodies social

inclusion, commitment and exemplary stories of

people who don't give up and have made resilience

the backbone of their lives. These are the same

values that we try to convey to coaches and children

through our work.�


28 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

Zambian uphill near Chipata

With two engineers in Migreh, Sudan

Arrival in London at the Tower Bridge

Heading to Chipata

Children following me in Ethiopia

The departure date of 15 June was set and before I

knew it I was standing in front of the Chieftainess' palace

in Chongwe, 35 km east of Lusaka, along with about

two hundred well wishers, who had come to see me off.

There were some official speeches and then God was

asked to protect me and the bike during the journey

and keep away any ferocious animals and prowlers on

the roads I would ride. Today I can say that their prayers

worked very well!

In Zambia I had many supporters, mainly children, along

the way. Often there would be one child on the lookout

and as soon as he saw me would shout “Musungu,

musungu,” and then sprint like mad to call his friends

and siblings, who would come running out to greet me.

By its very nature the bicycle is freedom of movement

and competition, and whilst cycling through Nyimba I

met two charcoal burners, a very common occupation

in this part of Africa. They were each carrying three bags

of charcoal, weighing 40 kg each, on their bikes, and

after chatting for a while we started cycling together.

Taking advantage of a slight downhill, one of the men

suddenly sped ahead. Not one to back down from a

challenge, I picked up the pace and by the time I had

caught up with him, my speedometer had registered

48 km/h. As I drew up beside him, we looked at each

other and then burst out laughing, telling each other,

“You are strong!”

Leaving Zambia behind, I entered Malawi from Moocha,

next to Lundazi. The terrain was very bumpy as the

once-tarred roads were now potholed, gravel roads.

Some 451 km later, I left Malawi and entered Tanzania.

The road from Iringa to Arusha personified everything

that a cyclist would not want to find, such as piles of

stones, wet soil that got in-between the mudguard and

wheel, cement waves caused by tracked vehicles, rocks

protruding from the surface and white sand. It was

here that I encountered a cobra, but we were both too

busy minding our own business to scare each other.

Watching it slither off, I envied its agility as it floated

across the sand while I was sinking into it because of

the weight of my panniers.

I learnt it was better to cross

the border in the evening, as

there were less people and you

got through quicker. In addition,

you were ready to head out to your

new destination early the next

morning.


Sudanese open sky camp bed

I only stayed in Kenya for a short time before going in

search of the Moyale Express to take me to Moyale,

a market town on the border of Ethiopia and Kenya.

Cycling from Isiolo to Moyale was not an option due to

the very real threat of Somali bandits, and a lone cyclist

would be easy prey. However, taking the Moyale Express

turned out to be one of the riskiest parts of the entire trip.

I found a seat in the last row, where you want to sit on

a school trip but absolutely want to avoid on a journey

through a desert of black stones. When speeding over a

bump, a passenger sitting in the first row is jolted 30 cm,

someone in the middle 60 cm and in the last row about

a metre. The crash landing that followed usually involved

tears of pain or a groan, but the bus driver did not stop or

even slow down. The sound track of the journey was one

of scraping iron, glass that rattled, and bolts that rebelled

against the welding that kept the bus in one piece. In

spite of the windows being sealed, dust invaded every

nook and cranny of the bus and by the end of the trip I

was the same colour as some Ethiopian shepherds and

Somalis I sat next to.

Ethiopia is a world on its own and the country I stayed

the longest in. The 1,683 km ride saw me cross countless

mountains, in the cold and rain. On one very long uphill,

to 3,300 m, I was accompanied by children running

alongside me as they sang and clapped their hands.

They were excellent supporters and very curious, unlike

the Kenyan or Tanzanian children, who would never

think to touch my bike. The Ethiopian kids would grab

my handlebar, the speedometer or panniers, and then

ask for money. At times I lost my patience, but I realised

that they asked because they had already received from

tourists, who don't understand that they are doing more

harm than good.

To enter Sudan at the Metemma/Gallabat border you

need to pass through a horde of security checks,

including camera and laptop inspections, and the

pictures on my memory card. This puzzled me as what

could I have photographed in those 400 m since entering

Sudan?

Drinking and eating well in the desert is fundamental,

so I drank plenty of water and ate low fat yoghurt,

bread, biscuits, and at times crisps, which are rich in

salt. Travelling through the desert was incredibly tough,

especially after one o'clock in the afternoon when the

heat became unbearable and the winds blisteringly hot.

Drinking was no longer enough and my body craved

a cold shower. Surprisingly, Sudan proved to be very

organised and I would find ceramic jars full of water next

On the Kenyan highway with David Kinjah and his team

to bus stops, at petrol stations or simply under shelters in front

of shops, for passersby ablution purposes. In every village I

passed through, I was invited by the locals to join them on

their colorful carpets for lime juice, karkade and ilumur; a tea

prepared with seven local spices, which rehydrated my desertravaged

body. Despite the challenging conditions, it was with

a heavy heart that I left Sudan and its people, who had been

so helpful and welcoming. Governments and religions are one

thing, luckily people are another.

Entering Egypt, I followed the course of the Nile to Cairo and

was often stopped by police, who tried to scare me into taking

the train to the capital because they said the situation after the

revolution was very still dangerous. Regardless, I continued

on and never felt in any danger. Plunging into the capital's

chaotic traffic was fantastic after cycling for 7,000 km alone.

The bedlam reminded me of my Milanese origins, and I had

great fun zigzagging amongst the cars and buses. On my rest

day, I went sightseeing and visited Tahrir Square, and watched

families eating ice cream in crowded shops that stayed open

until late.

I flew into Malpensa and whilst in Europe the bike’s components

started to give me problems. I visited four mechanics, who

changed different parts, including the back wheel, and I was

good to go again. It was only after I boarded the ferry in Calais

when I realised that the end was near.

Early on the afternoon of 28 August I found myself on the

Tower Bridge, just in time for the Opening Ceremony of the

Paralympics. It had taken me 74 days and 8,400 km to cycle

through seven countries on my bamboo bike. A journey like

this is like a drug and it’s difficult to immediately return to your

normal life, as the head is more inclined to start preparing

and organising the next adventure rather than get busy with

everyday life. Luckily, a speech by Stephen Hawking came

to my rescue and reminded me to, “Look up at the stars and

not down at your feet. Never give up work. Work gives you

meaning and purpose, and life is empty without it. If you are

lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw

it away.”

èRelated articles:

• Green in Africa (Issue 18, p. 128)

• Team SiyaShova Rides for the Hear Us Foundation

(Issue 13, p. 128)

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Sport2build is still raising money for the school, and an

international cement company has pledged to donate

all the cement needed. To support, donate to or find

out more about this incredible cause please visit

www.sport2build.org or email matteo@sport2build.org

or scuola@sport2build.org.

i

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inGEAR: Francois Flamengo | Photos & Video: DO IT NOW Media

visit the

Afriski

website

www.afriski.za.net

fOr MOre

infOrMatiOn

lesOthO

A weekend

wArrior

pArAdise

Any true biker will tell you thAt

there is very little in this world

thAt cAn give you the sAme feeling

As throwing A leg over A steel horse,

stArting it up, And going wherever

the roAd tAkes you. now if you Are A

weekend wArrior like me, combine

thAt feeling with some unspoilt

terrAin And your friends joining

you on A ride, well, life just simply

doesn’t get Any better.

30 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

This is exactly what happened when my friends,

Chris and Gerrit, and I received an invitation

from Peter Pyper, the owner of Gone Skiing in

Fourways, to explore the area surrounding Afriski,

a resort situated high up in the north of Lesotho.

Before you could say ‘two stroke’, we were packed

and on our way to Lesotho, a masterpiece of

unbelievable mountain terrain. The area demands

respect and is sure to test your technical skills to

the max on the many tracks that crisscross this

Mountain Kingdom.


We were in our element as we cruised along towards the

resort, our excitement mounting by the kilometre. Just a word

of advice though to first time visitors to Lesotho; ensure you

obey all the road signs and speed limits because if you don't

and get caught by the local authorities, you will pay for even the

smallest of misdemeanours.

The 75 km road to Afriski takes you over an amazing and

seriously high pass called Mauteng Pass. There are a few tight

corners to contend with, so you need to take great care and be

very alert, especially on the way down. En route, you will notice

a few cars lying in some very unpleasant locations, and

you definitely do not want to add yours to the statistics.

Once you reach the top, it’s only a few more kilometres

to Afriski.

We arrived at Afriski and were welcomed by Martin

Schultz, our terrain guide, who took us through his

plans for us. He has a vast amount of tracks marked

on his GPS and without his knowledge we wouldn’t

have experienced half of what we did in our two days at

the resort. After our briefing, we checked into our very

luxurious log cabins, changed into our riding gear, and

were ready to ramble.

Martin first took us on an ‘easier’ ride to make sure the

bikes functioned well at 3,500 m because at this height

two stroke bikes normally have an issue, and without the

correct jetting it can end your trip right there and then.

Heading to the south of Afriski, towards Oxbow, it soon

became apparent that the rocky terrain would make up

most of the sections we would be riding. Picking your

line on the uphills was important because getting it

wrong could make life a whole lot trickier. Once we were

comfortable in the technical terrain, Martin took us on a

track labelled the Tower Route, to give us a taste of what

we would be dealing with the next day. The track was

nice and flowing, and I really started to appreciate the

power of the two stroke Husqvarna WR250 I was test

driving. With its plush suspension and responsive power,

it made easy work of the jeep tracks. The bike was also

easy to handle and I was impressed by how effortless it

was to control over the rocky ground.

We completed the loop in about two hours and then

headed to the Sky Restaurant, to discuss the ride over

some local Maluti Beers. After a fantastic dinner, we turned

in to get some rest before tackling the Amphitheatre

the next morning. this trAck is sAid to be

one of the best rides AvAilAble to

the intermediAte rider who likes A

chAllenge.

The route kicked off with some nice flowing jeep track

and we soon settled into a good, steady rhythm. Martin

set a fast pace and it was exhilarating to try and keep

up with him as he wound his way through the mountains

towards Mont-Aux-Sources. With mist cascading down

the mountain and visibility becoming an issue, Martin

decided to push on. We traversed the top section of the

legendary Drakensberg Amphitheatre, riding into more

technical sections as we went along. After a few river

crossings, Martin stopped at the bottom of a hill with

a bit of a smirk on his face. “Right boys, this is Panino

Hill. Choose your line carefully as there's 1,000 points

for anyone that makes it up the hill first time!" At first

glance the hill didn’t look intimidating at all, but that was

a bad judgement call from my side because as I began

to climb, I quickly had to divert to an unplanned route

that had me holding on for all I'm worth. But I made it

and happily collected my 1,000 points. Standing atop

the hill and looking down afterwards, I was very relieved

to have made it the first time and not still be fighting my

way up.�

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Martin led the way down Break Knee Hill, a name given to what can go wrong

if you don't concentrate on all the rocks that lead to the bottom. I found the

descent to be extremely exciting and kept as close as possible to Martin so

I could follow his line. Some of the rocks hidden in the grass surprised Chris

and he was fortunate not to injure himself.

Martin then told us we would continue descending into the valley to reach the

notorious Two Stroke Hill, the 70 km landmark on our route. This would be the

final test on technical terrain because if we didn't get over it, we would have

to turn back and run the risk of running out of gas. Getting to Two Stroke Hill

offered another great piece of riding terrain, as we had to cross a few slippery

river sections and traverse over cambered hills. From the bottom of the hill it

was a long one-kilometre climb to the top, so Martin suggested we break the

hill down into manageable chunks. Somewhat apprehensively, I started the

climb and rode as cautiously as possible to stay on my intended line. I soon

realised that the hill had other ideas, as I was thrown all over the place when

trying to get across or around the rocks. My only option was to work hard and

ride offensively, as any deviation from this new plan could result in the bike

getting stuck in one of the many booby traps that were waiting to claim their

next victim. With Martin showing the way, it took me about 10 minutes and

three stops to reach the top, and the feeling of achievement was awesome

and the view spectacular.

With the group showing signs of fatigue after an unbelievable four-hour

ride, we headed back to the resort. I still had some energy left in the tank,

so I worked the bike through the mud holes and rocks, and felt incredibly

privileged to be riding in such amazing terrain.

bAck At Afriski, everyone wAs tAlking About

whAt section wAs the best to ride through, And

by the end of the debAte we concluded thAt the

entire ride wAs A combinAtion of just the right

stuff. nice And eAsy to get you going, And tough

And hArd to remind you thAt you hAd ridden in

the mountAin kingdom of lesotho. but overAll, A

ride fit for kings!

Afriski is a fantastic weekend-warrior paradise, and with so much adventure

on offer you'll probably end up booking your next trip before you've even left

the resort. The team is also very professional and the overall experience is

most definitely worth the effort of getting there. So what are you waiting for?

Call your riding buddies and book a riding trip at Afriski now! •

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inreview:

husqvArnA wr250

We tested the Husqvarna WR250 (Two

Stroke) over the two-day ride in Lesotho.

During the test ride we rode over a

wide variety of terrain including gravel

roads, jeep tracks, river crossings and

technical mountain sections. We found

the bike to be a great weapon when

tackling traditional off-road terrain, as

it was fast, nimble, well balanced and

equipped with a powerful engine, which

all combined to make it a great ride.

However, I missed the electric start and

extra power outside the power band in

the slower, more technical terrain.

We believe the Husqvarna WR250

is well suited to anyone who loves

a powerful power band two stroke

bike. Complemented with a very good

suspension and the pedigree of a

renowned Swedish brand, it's a package

deal that shouldn't be ignored if you are in

the market to buy a new bike.

For more information contact Husqvarna

directly or one of the many dealers

countrywide.

èRelated articles:

• Husqvarna Returns to SA

(Issue 18, p. 134)

• Who is King of Adventure Touring

(Issue 8, p. 20)

• The Long Way to Katse Dam

(Issue 2, p. 24)

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Visit the Afriski website,

www.afriski.za.net for more

information on the riding

options, and also book your ski/

snowboarding trip for winter 2013!

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inGEAR: Words: Guillaume de Swardt | Photos: Dorette de Swardt | Video: Big Boy Scooters

Discovering

Deep, Dark Africa

on our Honeymoon

The Chalbi Desert in desolated northern Kenya is bandit country, but

instead of keeping guard our eyes are tightly shut and our faces are

covered with layers and layers of cloth. It's a futile attempt to stop the

sand from blasting us and filling up every orifice in the human head.

We’ve been sitting, standing, and lying like this for what feels like an

eternity, our bodies continuously hurled into the air and then slammed down

unceremoniously onto the back of this unforgiving cattle truck, on the road of

hell - the Moyale Road. This road is known amongst travellers as a ‘must do’ to

be regarded as a salted and intrepid adventurer, and we had been warned by

those who had survived the absolute discomfort involved when undertaking this

gruelling ordeal. At the time all I could think of was that we had to do this, as it

was the safest way to get us and our tiny 150 cc delivery motorcycle through

this bandit-ridden part of Kenya to the Ethiopian border. From there we would

continue our travels to Egypt with ‘Pole Pole’, our trusty motorcycle.

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Travelling through Botswana

Having started in South

Africa, the overall trip

was expected to take five

to six months and would

cover about 10,000 km.

Oh, and did I mention

that this was Dorette's

and my honeymoon?�


If you’re heading north from Nairobi, Kenya, and your

aim is to get to Ethiopia you have two choices; the

Moyale Road or Tanganyinka Road. Both are through

desolate parts of the country that have been rejected by

locals and tourists alike, and are considered to be very

dangerous. If you don’t have a vehicle that can take the

many punches that Africa’s off-roading is guaranteed to

hand out, you have only one choice, the Moyale Road.

And this is where your fate will be to hitch a ride on

the back of a cattle truck. This was the one part of our

Trans-African trip that our 150 cc would not be able to

get us through, and even if the sandy roads and bandits

weren’t an issue, we still wouldn’t have enough petrol

to make it. Our fate was therefore sealed and we would

have to make this journey the same way as all the other

hitch-hikers.

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First lift - Isiolo to Marsabit on the Liban Express

On the back of a cattle truck Kenya

Two days before our departure for Isiolo, a town in the

Eastern Province of Kenya, we had some fun with the bike,

giving it to a school for disabled children for the day and

allowing them to paint it. The result was a mess of wet paint

sticking to everything. The bike looked ridiculous to say the

least and we knew the dust from the road ahead would cling

to the still semi-wet paint and add to the chaos of colours.

We departed from the foothills of

Mount Kenya early in the morning,

hoping to find a lift and get going as

soon as possible. After 12 hours of

bargaining and waiting we are finally

on our way.�


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Within a few hours, the sweltering desert

sun has obliterated the final reserves of my

patience! My face and neck are plastered

in mud from the sand that has mixed with

the buckets of sweat dripping off me under

the pieces of cloths used to keep the dust

out of my lungs.

I stand up, rip off the cloths and climb onto the cattle truck’s top

bars, holding on for dear life and coughing out a few grams of

sand I had inhaled, the price for this temporary relief. However,

I am no match against the force of the corrugated road and am

repeatedly shot into the air, my poor ass receiving a solid beating

each time it collides with the truck. At least I can wipe some of the

mud from my face and enjoy the wind as it sweeps through my

sweat-drenched doormat - what I would normally refer to as hair

in other circumstances. With each kilometre my discomfort grows,

so my strategy is to milk each position until it becomes too painful

and unbearable and then rotate to the next position. Thus, the

journey became one of savouring the pure bliss of relieving one

part of my body by sacrificing another part to the unending torture.

A leathered old man carrying an ancient rifle is also seated on the

truck's roof. He is still awake. Good. I am not exactly sure what I

would do if we came under attack, as I see him more as a small

decoy as opposed to an active force or saviour in my so-called

escape plan. I can only hold on and hope, because after discomfort

security is the other big thing on my mind. Before starting this trip

I was confronted by a few disapproving individuals on this issue.

“What the hell are you thinking by taking your wife into deep,

dark Africa where it is fraught with danger?” The justification was

simple, she wanted to go. In fact, it was Dorette who had proposed

the idea for our honeymoon on the night we got engaged. Sure,

heading north into certain isolated and dangerous parts of Africa

isn’t your typical honeymoon destination, but to us disappearing

into the Dark Continent to see what we would find was everything

we’d ever dreamed of!

So here we are, in the riskiest stretch of our journey. The war

declared in Sudan and ongoing Egyptian revolution is, in my eyes,

a piece of cake compared to this stretch of isolated landscape.

The irony is that if we had travel insurance we would be covered

on this road and not in Sudan or Egypt! But we aren’t insured,

as we had taken out insurance for the first three months of our

journey and decided to save the rest of the money. Sitting on the

truck I knew it was money well saved because if something did

happen no one would ever find us in these parts anyway.

By this stage my backside is only a few minutes away from having

had enough and I am getting dizzy from the afternoon sun. I look

down and catch sight of Dorette huddled in the corner, her slim

shoulders slamming against the dung-covered sides of the truck

as her petite body is tossed around like a rag doll. Dynamite

certainly does come in small packages I think, my sympathy and

admiration for Dorette growing by the minute. My poor, brave wife,

she's gone through so much discomfort and difficulties over the

last few months, all for her honeymoon! Prior to our trip, I had been

told about various ‘disaster’ honeymoon stories and the words

now reverberated in my head; newlywed brides complaining about

the choice of location, activities, and even the class of the hotel

arranged by their husbands for their honeymoons. Complaints

that it was not an overseas trip, the hotel not expensive enough, it

was too short. I could picture a well-manicured, designer-dressed

38 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

woman moaning to her friends over a glass of wine,

and then I imagined her in Dorette’s position. The

look of disgust on the woman’s mud-caked face and

her mud-filled wine glass is too much for me and I

burst out laughing.

My ass is now well and truly done, and my

perseverance long gone. I struggle back down to the

floor of the truck, my body exhausted and bruised.

I find a place next to Dorette and the khat-eating

locals. Khat, which is also known as miraa in this

area, is a flowering plant eaten by locals that is said

to cause excitement, loss of appetite and euphoria (it

gets you high as a kite). They have to chew the leaves

and twigs of the plant, and it can take hours before

the drug actually hits. All around us are men and

women with big balls in their cheeks and twigs in their

teeth, and green spit dribbling out of their mouths as

they get higher and higher. It is an interesting and, as

night falls, terrifying picture. We have only covered a

quarter of the way and already I am fed up! I place

my hand on Dorette’s leg in an attempt to provide

a teensy bit of comfort, my heart consumed with

sympathy for my lovely wife. She reaches for my hand

and turns to me, screaming to make herself heard

above the truck and clanging of metal all around us,

“This is quite uncomfortable, but hell, now we are

really travelling!” Yip, that's my girl!

We finally arrive in the town of Moyale, at the end

of the Moyale Road, 511 km and 36 hours later,

exhausted and battered, but elated that we have

made it through safely. The bike, which had been

placed on top of the bus for the first half of the

journey and then transferred to the back of the cattle

truck for the second half, has taken a beating too,

but there's nothing we can't fix. Moyale is a border

town that is divided in two by a Kenyan side and an

Ethiopian side, so we spend the night on the Kenyan

side. Early the next morning we cross into Ethiopia

and head for Addis Ababa, 766 km away. It took us

three full days to get there, but that's a whole other

story for another time. •

èRelated articles:

• Minsking through Vietnam (Issue 19, p. 26)

• Mozambique, on a Scooter (Issue 18, p. 16)

• Touring through Baobab Country (Issue 18, p. 24)

Second lift


inGEAR: Words: Francois Flamengo | Photos & Video: DO IT NOW Media

40 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013


support

for Dakar

2013

When Darryl Curtis

Was travelling

arounD the Country

giving his 'post

Dakar' talk after

returning from the

2012 event, he gave

us a muCh better

unDerstanDing of

What raCing in the

Dakar is really like.

From life in the bivouac, racing in

loads of dust and through fesh-fesh

and crossing the Andes in freezing

temperatures, to navigating with a road

book that uses French descriptions (that

are also abbreviated)! If you didn't have

the opportunity to attend one of his

amazing talks we've got you covered

because you can read up on what he

had to say in his article, Curtis Aces

Dakar, which featured in the April 2012

issue of the magazine.�

www.doitnow.co.za | Adventure • 41


He will also be riding with teammate Riaan van Niekerk, who will be

making his debut at the 2013 edition. Riaan has made a big name

for himself in the extreme enduro fraternity and claimed a number of

impressive titles, including that of 10-time SA Off-road Champion.

Darryl and Riaan go way back and have competed in a number of

world-class international events together. Knowing each other so

well and having trained together has its advantages in an event like

the Dakar, where your teammate plays a vital role should anything

go wrong. Darryl went on to say that with the extra support from

KTM and Broadlink, as well as all his other 2012 sponsors, they will

be able to participate at the Dakar on a very competitive platform.

But the sponsors only provide the financial platform, and Darryl and

Riaan still had a lot of hard work to do before the start on 5 January

2013. Fortunately for Riaan, Darryl's experience (and great result)

gained from last year's event helped him to get into the groove of

things must faster. For example, one of the most difficult aspects

that Darryl had to contend with in the 2012 event was riding at pace

whilst navigating and trying to understand the French road book

instructions. Riaan will go into the race knowing and having trained

for this, and have a few little tricks to see him through. It's all about

team work and as these two riders have each other's best interests

at heart, I have no doubt that they will be a force to be reckoned with

come race day!

42 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

During his talk, i Was very happy to

learn that he WoulD be entering the

2013 Dakar, WhiCh means that south

afriCa Will onCe again have a strong

representation at this prestigious raCe.

this neWs Was toppeD When Darryl tolD

us he WoulD not be entering as a rookie

or amateur ... but as a faCtory riDer (he

reCeives faCtory support), thanks to

inCreaseD sponsorship support from

broaDlink anD ktm.

To get their training underway and Riaan into the

action immediately, the two riders entered the

Marrakesh XRally, which was held in Morocco in

March 2012. The rally gave Darryl the opportunity

to get more navigation experience with the ‘funny’

road book and give Riaan his first taste of rally

racing. Our South African lads did us proud with

Darryl doing exceptionally well and clinching the

top podium position, demonstrating once again

what an exceptional rider he is. In second and

third place was Thomas Bourgin (France) and

Glauco Ciarpaglini (Italy) respectively, and all three

riders are amongst the best in the world. Riaan

also achieved his objectives at this race; to get the

KTM 450 rally bike to the finish and also gain some

experience navigating with the road book.

After returning from their successful 'Mission

Morocco', Darryl and Riaan embarked on an offroad

trip through Botswana for a few days. Their

aim was to clock as much time in the saddle and

really familiarise themselves with their bigger bikes

by 'playing' in a non-rally setting.�


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The duo then made their way to Namibia for some seriously hectic

Dakar training with Ingo Waldschmidt. This experienced Namibian

Dakar rider arranged a training camp that started in Windhoek and

took the riders north to Brandberg, then down south to Langstrand

(between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay) and back to Windhoek via

Khomas Hochland Pass, with only the road books to guide them.

Current national off-road leader, Louwrens Mahony, also joined the

group. Riding on a plastic KTM 450 four stroke, he was fortunate

to have his Factory Team teammates with him, as he quickly learnt

that staying on the gas and never using your front brake is very

important. Timing your throttle is also a vital skill and if you can't

adapt to the terrain fast, you might end up trying to shake sand

out of some odd places, or find yourself on the next plane to the

hospital. Flying (not to the hospital) is super easy in the dunes and

the riders had an absolute blast trying to outgun each other. By the

time we caught up with them at the renowned Dune 7, they had

already clocked up 70 km of dune riding.

Whilst riding up one of the steep slip faces Darryl had a low speed

crash, but it was not the fall that surprised us, but rather the fact

that the bike didn't want to start again. After several attempts to

jump start it and checking all the 'normal' bells and whistles, Darryl

decided it would be best to replace the engine so that he would be

ready for the next day. Factory bike engines have a limited lifetime

and we thought that it must have reached its 'expiry' date J. How

wrong we were. Once back at Langstrand, Darryl quickly washed

his 'pony' and then started stripping the engine. As he removed the

exhaust sand poured out, stunning everyone. We surmised that the

sand must have entered the exhaust when Darryl fell on the dune

and made its way into the engine. This was a valuable lesson for

everyone as it demonstrated just how easy your Dakar race can be

GAME OVER.

The following morning Riaan had a similar incident and learning

from Darryl's misfortune the previous day, he stripped the exhaust,

removed the sand and was back on his bike in double quick time.

Knowledge is power and life is so much easier when you have it!

By the end of the camp, both riders had gained valuable experience

and been given a taste of what it will take to finish the world's

toughest rally.

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Whilst at the Dakar 2013 launCh helD

last year, i askeD riaan What is the

one thing that immeDiately tells you

that you're training for the Dakar,

anD he replieD, "the size anD Weight

of the bike." he explaineD that a

rally bike is very Different to riDing

a nimble plastiC bike, anD having

a huge CoCkpit (that Doesn't turn

When the hanDle bars are turneD

anD makes you feel like you are still

going straight) in front of you With

all the navigation equipment, also

takes time to get useD to.

Training is one thing, but time in the saddle and

applying what you know in a race scenario is

another. So with the bike prep done, it was time

to get some additional experience in a 'real' rally.

This was especially important for Riaan, who had

never officially competed in such a race format. And

so the duo headed back to Morocco, this time to

enter the Morocco Rally. The event proved to be

hugely beneficial to both Darryl and Riaan because

the riders competing at this event mirrored the field

riding in the 2013 Dakar, and gave them an indication

of their readiness. It was also an opportunity to put

their KTM factory-sponsored Dakar bikes to the test

for the first time. After three days of hard racing,

getting lost in the dunes, honing their navigation

skills and receiving advice from Marc Coma, Cyril

Depres and Juan Pedrero from the #1 KTM Factory

Team, undoubtedly some of the best riders in the

world, Darryl and Riaan finished the race in a very

respectable 14th and 15th place respectively.

With the Dakar 2013 underway this month, we wish

Darryl and Riaan all the best and a safe ride.

go boys, make sa prouD anD We look

forWarD to seeing you at the finish! •

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Support the riders and follow their

progress by following their blog on

www.broadlinkktmrally.co.za or visiting the

DO IT NOW Facebook page for updates

and photo galleries.

èRelated articles:

• The Road to Dakar (Issue 14, p. 84)

• Dakar Supporters Tour 2011 (Issue 12, p. 80)

• Darryl Curtis’ Take on the Dakar Rally

(Issue 11, p. 54)

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the

Dakar

this mythiCal enDuranCe raCe originateD

in 1978 anD Was run from paris to Dakar,

senegal. until politiCal unrest maDe it

too Dangerous. toDay, it is easily the

WorlD’s most gruelling rally anD is

ConsiDereD to be the ultimate Challenge

for an off-roaDer.

it requires partiCipants to be inCreDibly fit anD foCuseD, have massive enDuranCe

anD a strong meChaniCal support team. it is also very taxing on the vehiCles that

take part, so many manufaCturers use the Dakar as a testing proCess for neW

teChnologies anD meChanisms, anD to prove their vehiCle's Worth.

The 34th Dakar Rally is the fifth version to be held on the South American continent. It begins on 5 January 2013 in

the Peruvian capital of Lima, and the 459 vehicles made up of cars, trucks, motorcycles and quads will travel through

Argentina and cover some 8,400 kilometres to reach the finish line in Santiago, the capital of Chile, on 20 January.

For the first time, the desert stages will make their appearance in the first few days of the rally.

Dakar 2013 info: www.dakar.com

only aVailaBle

on app Version

the route

peru, episoDe ii

The discovery of Peru thrilled everybody who reached this stage of the rally

in 2012. This time, all the riders, drivers and crews will be able to test their

mettle on the largest chain of dunes crossed on the continent since 2009. The

Dakar has never before started in the middle of the desert in its history. Whilst

the dosage of difficulties will decide just how and when the pressure rises,

there will be no room for improvisation in 2013.

argentina anD its many faCets

Once it crosses the Andes Mountains, after a first visit to Chile, the rally will

encounter a different face of South America: one that guarantees a broad

range of terrains that smile primarily upon flexibility. In Argentina, the capacity

to adapt will be vital to switch from one type of riding and driving to another,

and between different methods of managing the race. Although the ration of

sand will be less dense, the visit to Gaucho country will nevertheless finish

with a major test in which only genuine experts in desert riding and driving will

be at ease.

Chile:

a Double

Capital Dose

Two distinct sequences will be played

out in Chile and each of them will be

decisive. The return to the Atacama

corresponds with the phase of the

Dakar where competitors navigate in

the domain of extreme endurance. As

a challenge of ultimate resistance, the

sessions in the dunes will continue

up to the day before the finish. Before

reaching Santiago, the competitors

will have to tame difficulties of the

highest order right up to the end.�

www.doitnow.co.za | Adventure • 45


the route only

5 January

sTAGE 1: LIMA - PIsCO

Liaison sections: 250 km

Special stage: 13 km

6 January

sTAGE 2: PIsCO - PIsCO

Liaison sections: 85 km

Special stage: 242 km

7 January

sTAGE 3: PIsCO - nAZCA

Liaison sections: 100 km

Special stage: 243 km

8 January

sTAGE 4: nAZCA - AREQuIPA

Liaison sections: 429 km

Special stage: 289 km

Liaison sections: 429 km

Special stage: 288 km

9 January

sTAGE 5: AREQuIPA - ARICA

Liaison sections: 275 km

Special stage: 136 km

Liaison sections: 337 km

Special stage: 172 km

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10 January

sTAGE 6: ARICA - CALAMA

Liaison sections: 313 km

Special stage: 454 km

11 January

sTAGE 7: CALAMA sALTA

Liaison sections: 586 km

Special stage: 220 km

Liaison sections: 534 km

Special stage: 220 km

12 January

sTAGE 8: sALTA –

sAn MIGuEL DE TuCuMÁn

Liaison sections: 247 km

Special stage: 491 km

Liaison sections: 379 km

Special stage: 470 km

Liaison sections: 393 km

Special stage: 155 km

13 January

REsT DAy

14 January

sTAGE 9: sAn MIGuEL DE

TuCAMÁn - CÓRDOBA

Liaison sections: 259 km

Special stage: 593 km

Liaison sections: 406 km

Special stage: 293 km

aVailaBle

on app Version

15 January

sTAGE 10: CÓRDOBA - LA RIOJA

Liaison sections: 279 km

Special stage: 357 km

Liaison sections: 279 km

Special stage: 353 km

16 January

sTAGE 11: LA RIOJA - FIAMBALÁ

Liaison sections: 262 km

Special stage: 221 km

Liaison sections: 262 km

Special stage: 219 km

17 January

sTAGE 12: FIAMBALÁ - COPIAPÓ

Liaison sections: 396 km

Special stage: 319 km

18 January

sTAGE 13: COPIAPÓ - LA sEREnA

Liaison sections: 294 km

Special stage: 441 km

19 January

sTAGE 14: LA sEREnA - sAnTIAGO

Liaison sections: 502 km

Special stage: 128 km


inH2O: Words: Clayton Truscott | Photos: Greg Ewing“Mauritius was

made first and

then heaven;

and heaven

was copied

after Mauritius.”

- Mark Twain

Mauritius

Beyond Cocktail Country

Mauritius is still paradise even when

yOu're staying in MOdest, self-Catering

apartMents and Cruising arOund in a

battle-wOrn bakkie.

It's also safe and friendly for the most part, which makes getting lost and

finding your way back a lot more fun. Three friends and I headed there during

the low season, with a basic plan to explore the south-west bend of the

island and check out a string of surf spots we'd heard about. On a diet of

local groceries and a student's budget, we eked out a world-class holiday

that felt like a mix of backpacking and five-star treatment.

The full moon gave us a view of the windtormented

sea below us as the plane

descended into paradise, and landed in the

teeth of a miniature cyclone, characteristic

of Mauritian winters. Outside the airport,

taxi drivers weren't thrilled about four dudes

wanting to load eight surfboards on top of

one car, but we eventually found a driver

who was up to the task. He handed us what

looked like shredded dish towels to tie the

boards down.�

www.doitnow.co.za | Adventure • 47


Our moonlit tour of the coastline continued as we drove along a winding

road that led the way to Le Morne, where both sides of the island lay

within striking distance. The driver pointed up at a mountain range above

the village, its humped form outlined in the dark by the moonlight. “Sis

mountain has a storee,” he told us. “In se 1800s, Creole slaves hid from ze

French masters up in the mountains,” he explained. As the story goes, the

slaves formed a community of hideaways up there and refused to go back

down to lead a life of shackled servitude. After the British took over the

island and abolished slavery, soldiers marched up there to tell them they

could come down as free men. Unfortunately, this looked like an ambush

to the hideaways, who wanted freedom more than anything. “Sis slaves

didn't understand English, you see? So zey jump from ze mountain and

die. This is a sad storee, no?” We all nodded. Then he told us another sad

story. “Zat will be one hundred Euros. Good price, yes. Merci beaucoup,

monsieurs.” This would be the only time we got ripped off.

The pimping Blue Marlin

That night we met Kevin, our landlord for the week. He had promised us a

car and we were anxious to see what we'd be driving on these dangerous

Mauritian roads. After handshakes and small talk, he took us out back

and unveiled the 'Blue Marlin'. She was a 1991 diesel-engine Hilux. There

were torn stickers spread out across the back window and a collection of

beaded necklaces hanging from the rear-view mirror. The final touch was

its old stereo and accompanying CD, a compilation of Ace of Base hits,

48 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

some Bon Jovi numbers from the Dead or

Alive album, and a local artist who sounded

like a French Barry White. We surmised that

it was probably Kevin’s playlist from the

days when he was still picking up girls in

the Marlin. With a usable car and basic plan

in place, we all fell asleep easily on night

one.

Side trips

It's not often that you go on a surf trip and

end up getting dry-docked because the

waves are too big. The little cyclone that

greeted us had made the ocean wild and

tempestuous. The good thing was we could

do some exploring.

You can tell a lot about a country by driving

around it. Outside the resorts and plush

expat suburbs, everybody seemed to lead

a humble existence. The houses were

one repair job away from falling apart, the

streets full of stray dogs, and there were

no shopping malls. The nicest buildings


you'll find are the mosques, temples,

and churches, which speak of the varied

population on the island. You could buy

cheap food from dixie shops made of

scrap metal, or fresh fish and vegetables

from roadside vendors. Dessert was MSGinjected

crisps that would probably make

your eyes glow in the dark if you ate too

many. Cheap restaurants are easy to find

too, but just be careful of ordering anything

with meat.

After selecting a few locations we headed

towards the northern most point of the

island, which takes roughly two hours

if you drive as wearily as we did. The

Blue Marlin's rattling turned into a fullyfledged

bucking action on the motorway,

making the drive feel like you were riding

a mechanical bull around. As the Western

population continues to grow, so the need

for malls, coffee shops and electronic stores

develops, and you can’t help but notice the

development taking place near the posh

suburbs and resorts.

After a full day of driving, we bought a crate of local Phoenix Lagers and

headed to the beach, where a blinding sunset painted the ocean red and

orange. At €15 per person, per night, we were getting the best seats on the

island at a fraction of the cost.

The market

The ocean became increasingly more dangerous throughout the week, as

the wind switched direction and blew across the bay. So we decided to do

some more sightseeing and ambled to the sprawling market in the capital

city, Port Louis. It felt like we had stepped right into the real-life equivalent

of television static. Store owners selling T-shirts and electrical doohickeys

hassled us to buy anything; cheap leather shoes, wooden dodos, back

massagers, balaclavas, toy guns, knife sets, aphrodisiacs, salad spoons

and laser pointers.

there's a big fruit and vegetable Market

inside a dOuble-stOrey farMhOuse, and

what it laCks in COMpetitive salesManship

it Makes up fOr in baCk-tO-baCk CrOwds.

it seeMed like everyOne was dOing their

grOCery shOpping there.�

www.doitnow.co.za | Adventure • 49


Port Louis lifted her eye patch to us when we entered the meat market

next door. We were presented with a disturbing ensemble of cow and

sheep heads staring back at their hacked-up bodies lying on the table;

the afternoon heat spoiling everything left out for too long. It's a fastmoving

butchery that doesn't make time for the squeamish, and people

queue behind the counters baying for a cut of the best meat. They want it

ASAP, and if you're not in line, you need to move out of the way.

Rochester Falls

On another day we headed out in search of a volcanic waterfall we’d

heard about, Rochester Falls. We arrived at a dusty parking lot, unsure

about where to go. A snotty, bat-eared creature slithered towards us and

demanded we follow him. He looked like Sméagol, only grimier. He took

us down a sheltered path to the bottom of the falls, where the land forms

a natural amphitheatre for spectators. Some local students were there,

smoking cigarettes and pounding a few beers.

“You jump,” Sméagol said, pointing to a ledge that plummeted into the

abyss. We all laughed and thought he was joking. The students cheered

and nodded. “You must!” Sméagol said, getting nasty and aggressive.

Then someone yodelled at us from the top of a tree, about 10 feet above

the waterfall's highest point. It looked like Sméagol's brother. This crazy

guy was surfing on a branch, bouncing it up and down, and working

himself into a frenzy. Nobody wanted to see this. Then he jumped, landing

in the centre of the plunge pool. We all inhaled our tongues, anticipating

the man's imminent death. He came up laughing on the other side of

the pool and climbed up the waterfall as if it was a step ladder. To avoid

looking like a bunch of pansies, we all jumped from the waterfall's edge

and lived to tell the tale.

Hospitality

Mauritius has a bad reputation in the surfing world. Tales of barbaric

locals and inconsistent swells have prevented the island from becoming

a mainstream surf destination, like nearby Reunion or the Maldives. The

Franco-Mauritian surfers are known as White Shorts (a racial term) and

have spent the best part of the last four decades making sure that visiting

surfers know their place in the line up.

We took a chance on our final day at one of Le Morne’s most notorious

waves during a weekday, expecting hostility and cold glances. Instead we

found the complete opposite in a crew of local Creole surfers, who worked

at one of the beach resorts nearby. They were upfront about the bad vibes

for touring surfers. That's the law of the land, and the locals who enforce

50 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

it aren't interested in compromising. But it

was Monday, the locals were at work and we

were welcome to sample the reef in front of

us. Cutting a path through the perfect water

and seeing the mountainous backdrop felt

like entering a beautiful painting you've

been staring at for years. Once we got to

the keyhole we could see the reef coming

out in boils, and the prettiest waves I've

ever seen ran along the pass. The swell

direction was a bit out, but the wind was

light, the tide high, and the water as clear as

a well-maintained swimming pool. And the

best part was that we were the only ones

there. As you took off on a wave, you could

see the water drawing off the big, colourful

coral heads that mapped the wave's path

along the ocean floor. It was the best day of

the trip, but sadly the end of it.

Au revoir

It was time to hand Kevin back the keys to

his apartment and the Blue Marlin. Parting

ways with the Marlin was almost as sad

as leaving the island. We cleared passport

control with sunburnt eyelids, swollen reef

cuts and good memories. The week had

been a bit like watching a rugby match

from the cheap seats; not as comfortable

to begin with, but twice the fun once things

got going. •

èRelated articles

• Get Blown Away in Mauritius

(Issue 20, p. 60)

• Malibu Classic - All Windsurfing

Action (Digital article, August ’12)

• Sea Kayak Mauritius (Digital article,

September ’12)


inH20: Words: Justin Selby | Photos & Video: Courtesy of the SA team

ix

Against

the

World

During winter 2012, I was approached by the

Cable Association of South Africa (CASA)

to put a side together for the 2012 Cable

Wakeboard World Championship as part of

the global community's drive to get the

sport included in the 2020 Olympics. "Yes,

of course," I said. Who wouldn’t!

52 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

Leading up to the event the task of selecting a side

was not an easy one, as the championship fell smack

bang in the middle of exams and this would be a

problem for some of the Open Men riders. So after

reviewing my strategy and doing extensive research

into the international competition, I selected a team

of riders that the world hadn’t seen or heard of - yet!

They were all extremely talented and the fact that they

were not well known was an ace up my sleeve, as our

competitors wouldn't take us seriously.


The final side selected for the

championship was as follows:

• Boy's division (6-16) - Jarque Labuschagne and Jeanu du Plooy

• Junior Men's division - Cameron Grahame

• Open Men's division - Jason Colborne

• Wake Skate Open Men's division - Matt Buys

• Master Men's division - Justin Selby

After months of hard work and preparation, we were all in high spirits

as we boarded the plane destined for the Philippines. The event was

held at Deca Wakeboard Park in Clark, Angeles, Pampanga, and wow,

what a sight it was. It was a brand new cable park, with the cable at

11 metres off the water. We were in for a treat as our cable is only eight

metres off the water; it was time to fly and have us some FUN! But first

we had to pay our entrance fees and book some practise time, and boy

was it hot, with humidity at 100%.

I can’t tell you what an awesome feeling it was

to be there as representatives of South Africa

and have all the international riders check

us out. They were probably wondering if the

South Africans even have a cable, especially

with those man-eating lions roaming around.

LOL. They had no clue as to the level of talent

we have in our fantastic country.

As the competition progressed the South

African riders proved their worth on the world’s

platform, with three of the six riders qualifying.

Then it was my turn. Man, I was all nerves

when the commentator announced my name

above the noise of my teammates loudly

proclaiming their presence and support by

blowing their vuvazelas. I started my lap and

can clearly remember thinking to myself that

I mustn't fall. So I lined myself up for the first

trick, boom landed it and then moved onto

the next trick. I styled the third and fourth, and

on the fifth I landed on the corner and had

to hold on for dear life. Then whaaaaaaam,

a front edge right in front of everybody, and I

was down. Even under water I could hear the

commentator saying, “Man, that was hard. Is

he okay?” I started to laugh and then surfaced

to let everyone know I was ok and ready for the

next round.

I was really cross with myself for not qualifying,

as all I had to do was perform a safe run - why

oh why! As a result of not qualifying, I had

to participate in the Last Chance Qualifiers

(LCQ) that took place the next day. That night

I gathered my thoughts and prepared myself

mentally for what I needed to do at the LCQ,

knowing that only the top two would go

through.

The next morning I anxiously made my way

to the LCQ knowing that I only had one pass

in which to prove myself, so I had to make it

count. I did my pass, kept it safe and smashed

it! I was so happy. Walking back from the end

point of my run, I could hear the live score

updates being announced, and as there were

still two more riders to go, my nerves started

to kick in again and I was holding thumbs that

both riders would go out. Waiting for their

scores to come in was torture, and then I

heard what I had been hoping to hear, I was in

second place, wooohoo.

I had made the top eight in the world going

into the finals! Wow, what a feeling, but how

does one prepare oneself for something like

that? The only thing I had to fall back on

was my previous experience in international

competitions, so it would be case of digging

deep, having fun, and taking one step at

a time. All through the night all I could think

about was what I should do in my final run,

which comprised of two passes and the judges

would select the best of the two. �

www.doitnow.co.za | Sport • 53


Despite not having much sleep, I was on high

alert as I waited for the finals to get underway. The

moment of truth had arrived and it was time for

me to start my first pass. To be in contention, I

knew I had to keep it safe all the way to the end.

I was the fourth rider out of the dock and felt

surprisingly relaxed. As I took off, the air erupted

with the sound of vuvuzelas from my teammates,

and I felt my confidence growing. I completed my

pass safely and waited for the results. I was in first

place, but there were still four more riders to go out

for their first passes. Each of them completed their

pass, which pushed me into fifth. It was not over

yet, as I still had one more pass and a few tricks

up my sleeve, LOL.

With tension mounting I entered the dock for my

second pass, ready to pull all those tricks that I

had been holding back out of the bag. What

followed was my first big tantrum off the kicker and

onto the roof top rail for a board slide, followed

by a back flip out as I set myself up for a heelside

front flip tail grab to facky. Rounding the corner

I performed a half cab backroll that positioned

me perfectly for a huge front flip tail grab, landing

just in time for the corner. My next move was my

piece de resistance, an S-send to blind stomping

onto the fun box, with a transfer to the rainbow rail

landing, which I pulled off with ease. After catching

my breath, I headed towards the last obstacle, a

kicker, on my run. Cutting hard, I hit the kicker at

pace, launching high to pull off and land a shiffy

blind 360 boom and complete my pass. All around

me I could hear the crowds and vuvuzelas going

wild. Lying fifth before my second run, I nervously

waited for the scores. The announcement finally

came, "Justin Selby on 60.00 has moved up into

third place." I jumped with joy and my teammates

came running to congratulate me, almost knocking

me off my feet in the process. It was high fives all

around and I couldn't have been happier with my

result, and a bronze medal for South Africa.

Overall, I couldn't have been prouder of my team!

Out of 32 countries, some of which had 25 athletes

in their sides, our six South African riders had

taken on the world and placed 10th. Germany took

the top podium spot, with Great Britain in second

place and France in third. Our team positions were

as follows: Jarque and Jason didn’t qualify; Jeanu

qualified and finished in the top 10 in the world;

Cameron qualified and finished in the top 15 in

the world; and Matt finished fifth in the world. And

what had really impressed me about the whole

event was the level of riding from the junior riders,

the future of this sport.

The life lesson that I took away from this

incredible event was that no matter what,

who, how or when, you must just believe

in yourself and the best results will follow.

Maybe, just maybe you could have done

better, but it was your best at the time. •

èRelated articles:

• Alt X: Alternative Expo (Issue 14, p. 52)

• Champions of the Wake (Issue 12, p. 63)

• The Thrill of Wakeboarding (Issue 4, p. 33)

54 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

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Cable Wakeboarding

Cable wakeboarding is wakeboarding while being pulled by an

overhead cable ski system. It’s a very cool addition to the

distinguished list of extreme sports throughout the world because

it combines the best of the extreme nature of wakeboarding

without the need for (or expense of) a boat. The first cable system

showed up in 1962, and today cable is an enormously valuable

and important element of the entire sport of wakeboarding.

Boat and cable riding are very similar. Although the tricks are the

same, cable has more lift and airtime for bigger tricks. But from a

spectator’s point of view, cable is the better viewing experience

as it's designed in a rectangular shape so that everyone can see

what is happening on the water. If you can’t afford a boat and

love water sports, cable water skiing is the better option.

Cableways in sA

Forever Resorts Bela Bela, Warmbaths (installed 1995); Stoke

City Midrand, Johannesburg (installed 1998); and Blue Rock

Cable Way, Somerset West, Cape Town (installed 2005).

2014 Cable Wakeboard World Championship, norway

Looking towards the 2014 championship, the South African team

has already started their training, especially with the junior riders.

In addition, they are keeping a very close eye on the competition

and any new tricks out there, by studying posts on social

networks and videos posted by the overseas riders. During our

winter, the riders will also compete on the European tour.

For more boat and cable wakeboarding information, visit

www.wakesa.co.za or join our Facebook page.

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inH2O:

Words: Shaun van Tonder | Photos: Henrique Cilliers & Nita-Mare Oosthuizen | Video: Air Off 2012

When it comes to surfing noWadays,

there's no shortage of adrenalinpumping

options to choose from:

stand up surfing, bodyboarding,

kitesurfing, Windsurfing, kneeboarding,

bodysurfing, and even

sand surfing. this list has just been

extended to include the neWest form

of surfing - that of big Wave toW ins

and aerial toW ats, Where a personal

Water craft (pWc), better knoWn as a

jet ski, is used to toW the rider.

56 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

introducing

surfing's

neWest

addition

So let'S take a look at big wave tow inS

and aerial tow atS in more detail.

big wave tow inS

When it's not possible for a surfer to paddle into a large

wave because of the speed it's moving at, they will be

towed in by a jet ski that propels the surfer or body

boarder into a wave with more speed than they can

muster on their own. The boards used normally have

straps to prevent the rider from losing their footing, are

much smaller than those used for standard surfing and

are weighted to prevent unnecessary airtime from the

chop created by wind on the face of the wave.

aerial tow atS

A jet ski tows the unstrapped surfer or body boarder

so they get more speed to go higher and more airtime

after hitting a natural ramp that the wave creates. Riders

are also able to perform bigger and more innovative

maneuvers because of the extra power, as well as ride

small to medium size waves while still pulling off big

moves. Boards used in day-to-day surf sessions are

slightly smaller than the standard short board so that it

moves more freely in the air.�


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a jet ski is the preferred method

of toWing a rider because of its

versatility and agility When moving

through the surf. you Will often find

a rescue sled attached to the rear as

this alloWs the driver or skipper to

use the jet ski as a rescue craft in the

event of a rider being injured and

unable to paddle out of the impact

zone.

A specialised tow rope is used and the length is dependent

on wave size and if a surfer or body boarder is being towed,

as different techniques are used by the riders to position

themselves in the critical area of the wave.

Way back When

Big wave surfing has been around for years, and with it the

desire to surf bigger, heavier and faster breaking waves. So

it was only a matter of time before the sport progressed to

tow ins, which has also improved the safety of the sport. As

surfers are already standing up when they enter the wave,

it eliminates the time taken to paddle in and stand up -

and in big surf, this could be a life or death situation. This

development has been hugely instrumental in growing the

sport and opening up spots that were previously unsurfable

and only ridden by a select few. Furthermore, the need for

larger waves or waves with a lot of power to get speed and

height is no longer necessary as the jet ski produces the

necessary speed to surf medium sized waves.

58 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

Photo by Nita-Mare Oosthuizen

Following in its wake was the natural evolution of tow at

surfing, and this development has considerably raised the

bar when it comes to technical maneuvers. Today, the level

of technicality has sky rocketed, with riders such as Chippa

Wilson, from Australia, and Jordy Smith, from South Africa,

producing mind boggling moves where they fly off a wave

and into the air to complete tweaked rotations, before

landing back on the face of the wave to carry on surfing as

though they'd just done a standard turn or cut back, a very

popular surfing turn used worldwide.

Certain sports get inspiration from other similar sports and

surfers are definitely starting to include radical snowboard

and skateboard maneuvers into their repertoire. Surfers and

body boarders are always on the lookout for bigger, heavier

waves with a side wedge that allows them to create more

speed to fly into the air and do acrobatic style spins, twists

and flips. Tow at surfing provides riders with more speed,

thus allowing for more time to do extra spins and fuller

rotations, as well as test different moves due to the added

height.

getting into the sport

Good wave knowledge and being comfortable in the ocean

are crucial if you want to get into this amazing sport. Ocean

knowledge is only gained over many years of experience, so

the training and skill sets learnt from properly qualified and

experienced instructors are invaluable.

Obtaining a skipper’s license is recommended because big

wave tow ins are normally done in pairs, therefore requiring

both riders to be fully capable of skippering a PWC. Your local

PWC dealership or any boating and marine dealer should be

able to tell you where to get a valid skipper’s ticket in your

area. If you only want to be a rider, then it's not necessary

to hold a skippers ticket, but then you'll need to find a driver

with a ski and licensed skipper ticket; no easy task as there

aren't too many people in the sport currently.

You will also need to receive training under a professional

to gain sea miles and riding experience in the ocean and

in-between surf, as well as gain the necessary skills and

knowledge in case of injury or a wave upturning your jet

ski. There are some good courses out there, but as courses

change all the time it is best to ask your local dealer, lifesaving

club or association for advice on the best current course

available, who is presenting it and where.�


When you're ready to ride the surf,

this should initially be done under

the supervision of a professional and

Within the designated areas. so find

out first Where these designated

areas are, as Well as any regulations

and laWs before entering the surf

or an area to ride in. alWays abide

by the local rules and stay out of

any protected conservation areas

and designated bathing areas/zones,

to protect the sport for future

participants.

get competitive

Currently there are no aerial tow at clubs to join, but if you

would like to start competing in the sport, I recommend

honing your skills as a surfer or body boarder first. Once

you are comfortable, find a skipper that's experienced in

towing, to take you out skurfing, which is riding behind a jet

ski or boat on a surf board in-between the wake and out of

the surf zones (any areas where there are waves breaking

or surf), at a dam or lake.

Trusting your tow partner is key to getting ahead in a

competitive environment, as the driver/skipper usually

chooses the wave and then maneuvers the PWC into the

correct position so that the surfer can perform a final slingshot

motion to get into the critical section of the wave.

60 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

current events

As the sport of aerial surfing tow at is still very new, there is

no professional association to regulate the sport or provide

support and there are very few dedicated events to grow

the sport. Riders who participate in it do it for the love of

innovation and the addiction to go bigger and better, pushing

their own skills to the limits.

One of the highlights on the calendar is WolfAlley's annual

specialty AIR OFF event. This is the first and longest

standing jet ski assisted surfing and body boarding tow

at competition in Africa. Now in its third year, the aim of

the event is to draw attention to this form of surfing and

create a competitive space for riders to push themselves

and showcase their many skills. AIR OFF is a by invite only

specialty event, and with cash prize incentives and a oneof-a-kind

signet ring for the AIR OFF champion, this event is

attracting some of the best names in the country. Riders go

head-to-head and those with the best and biggest moves

in the heats progress to the next round. There's also mega

points awarded for innovation, and this guarantees that every

event is an exciting showcase of big maneuvers. Emphasis

is also placed on entertaining the crowd, and apart from the

crazy aerial maneuvers performed, visitors can look forward

to seeing some excellent demos and productions about

local extreme sport athletes, as well as live beach art and

music. It's an event not to be missed!

I've been surfing for 14 years and involved in tow ats for

three years now, and would recommend it to any thrill seeker

looking to progress their aerial maneuvers or become more

comfortable with height, control and landings. •

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For more information on future events, aerial tow ats,

how to get into the sport, and where to get training

from, visit airoff.co.za or contact WolfAlley via email at

info@wolfalley.com. To view the productions visit

www.wolfalley.com or www.airoff.co.za.

èrelated articles:

• Pozo Izquierdo, a Windsurfing Mecca (Issue 19, p. 44)

• Waveski Surfing - Please Remain Seated (Issue 19, p. 96)

• Riders of the Surf (Issue 16, p. 68)

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inH2O:

Words: Deon Breytenbach | Photos: Helena Pienaar & Deon Breytenbach

MJ looking around at 12h00 while his

bow comes around on a left spin

Rolling youR kayak

So to get thingS StaRted, let’S take a look at

the baSic pRincipleS of Rolling youR kayak. it iS

tRue that in the beginning Rolling iS the moSt

difficult aSpect of kayaking, aS it RequiReS quite

a bit of flexibility and total commitment. But

once you get the hang of it, it's super easy and becomes natural. The most

important thing to remember is that a successful roll needs a strong hip

flick. Practise this by putting your hands on the bow of your buddy's kayak

or on the surface of some other stable-ish object, then put your head on

your hands and tip your kayak over as far as possible. Then use your hips

to roll your kayak back upright - all without moving your head off your

hands. This position will help you to isolate the movement to just your hips

and core, and it also gets you into the habit of keeping your head down.�

62 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

baSicS

bRing home the bacon

We've made it to

JanuaRy 2013, Which

meanS the WoRld

obviouSly didn’t

Stop Spinning and

the RiveRS aRe Still

floWing doWnhill,

bRilliant!

This year, my articles will focus

on essential river running and

freestyle skills, starting with

the basics. Freestyle skills are

more than just cool tricks. They

help you to fine tune things like

edge control and make you

comfortable in retentive river

features. Getting the basics

right could mean the difference

between escaping from a big,

nasty hole with a smile on your

face or taking a long, lonely

and sometimes rather traumatic

swim.


Brent focused on 12h00, edge up and putting in

a strong forward sweep to bring his bow around

the Second cRucial Step iS youR initial Set-up. foR

moSt of the diffeRent RollS out theRe, except the

back-deck Roll, youR initial Set-up iS the Same.

You want to tuck forward as far as possible (think nose on splash deck), as

this will get your paddle close to the surface and give you the most support

from your sweeping paddle blade, to get the maximum power from your

now well-practised hip flick. Quite often in the early stages, kayakers try

to roll as quickly as possible with a bad set-up, and end up staying upside

down. Before attempting your first roll, take the time to set-up properly and

then commit to it once you get going.

The last key issue, and often the toughest to perfect, is that your head

must be the last thing to come up, and even when you are up you must

keep it down as if looking into the water. This will seem very counter

intuitive, as your mind is aware of the fact that there is no oxygen available

for you in the water and therefore wants your head out pronto, but it's

necessary. The reason is that when you hip flick, you are using your core

muscles to push on the one side and pull on the other. Now, if you throw

your head up to get it out of the water, the muscles that are supposed to

be pushing pull and the pullers push, so you end up upside down. I know

this is all rather confusing, especially in text, and even more so when you

actually practise these moves because you are generally upside down

and underwater. But don't worry because there are also various books

and online video guides to help you sort out your roll. If you still battle,

then get assistance from an experienced, local paddler or sign up for a

rolling clinic with one of the training centres, such as Kalahari Adventure

Centre, Gravity.co.za, Blyde Adventure Camp, Whitewater Training or

Itchy Feet SA.

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The boys having a little party surf session


flat SpinS

noW let'S look at What you need to

keep in mind foR flat SpinS (a 180° oR 360°

hoRizontal Rotation). This is definitely something

all kayakers should be able to do, as you may just end up in

some or other retentive river feature and being able to change

the direction you are looking in by spinning around will make

your life a lot easier in an unexpected situation. Here's the

three key points.

The first is edge control. You can control your edges by lifting

one of the sides of your kayak with your hips and knees,

and using your core muscles. Don't lean your body to the

side, rather keep your body over the centre line of your kayak

and then lift the edge as described. Always lift the upstream

edge, but only enough so that the water can flow beneath

your kayak. Each situation you may find yourself in will require

a different amount of edge, but the idea is the same. Just

remember that if you lift the upstream edge too much, the

downstream edge will dig deep and this will either make you

bounce around with little control or get pushed downstream.

However, lifting too little will result in a solid 'window shade'

and a very quick and possibly violent upstream flip. Give just

enough and the ride will be quite smooth and controllable. It

all comes down to practise, practise, practise!

Ryan with too little edge. Notice how the

oncoming current is pushing the edge under

water and trying to flip the kayak

Ryan with his edge up blade ready to pull and looking at 12h00

The second is the role your paddle plays in this whole

process. Your paddle does two things: firstly it gives

support as a brace, and secondly it provides the power to

initiate the spin. Only use your paddle on the downstream

side of your kayak. What you need to do with your paddle

is imagine that your right hand is downstream, so your

left edge is up. Now you have your blade in the water

and in line with your hips. When you are ready to spin,

do a strong reverse sweep stroke from your hips to your

toes, and this will push your bow downstream and stern

upstream.

The third and crucial part is timing when to swop your

edges while the kayak rotates. The trick to use here

is very simple, but like everything else takes practise.

Imagine that 12h00 is directly upstream and 06h00 is

directly downstream, so whenever you are in a hole or on

a wave, you want to be looking at 12h00. Now when you

do your reverse sweep to rotate your bow downstream,

keep looking at 12h00 (over your left shoulder), and

once the stern of your kayak comes into view turn your

head to look over your right hand shoulder, at the same

12h00 spot you were looking at, and swop edges. At the

same instant, take your paddle out of the water, bring it

around, drop it at your toes (on your left-hand side now)

and do a forward sweep. This will cause the kayak to

spin around, and you'll now have your left blade on the

downstream side and your right edge up.

i knoW thiS iS haRd to folloW, So

foR fRame by fRame pictuReS and

deScRiptionS that coveR eveRything

mentioned above, check out my flaSh

neW blog. You will also find links to various online

resources and a list of all the white-water events in the

country, as well as everything you need to know about

each one. •

èrelated articles:

• Running Rapids in Central Java (Digital article,

November ’12)

• Getting your Groove Back for Summer

(Issue 19, p. 100)

• Wall to Wall with Crocs, Hippos and Friends

(Issue 11, p. 48)

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For more information and tutorials, visit Deon's blog:

www.doitnow.co.za/blogs/deon-breytenbach

eventS in 2013

• thrombi Fest: 2-3 February, Umzimkulu River

• blyde Xfest 2013 resurrection: 28 February

to 3 March, Blyde River

• induna Xfest: 16 March, Sabie River

• moustash 2013: end July, Ash River

• gravity adventure Festival: third weekend in

August, Palmiet River

• Sa Freestyle Champs: first weekend in November,

Vaal River

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inH2O:

Words & Video: Steven Yates | Photos: Steven & Laura Yates

surin and

similan

islands

you're surin for an

underwaTer TreaT

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Thailand is renowned

for many Things and The

magnificenT clear, warm,

blue sea is definiTely near

The Top of The lisT. The

mosT commonly dived areas

off Thailand are Those

accessible from The main

land based resorTs, such as

Ko samui on The easT coasT

and hin daeng on The wesT

coasT. laura and i decided

To venTure a liTTle furTher

inTo The majesTic blue and

boarded The sampai jumpa,

and headed for The islands

off The wesT coasT of

Thailand in The andaman sea,

jusT souTh of myanmar, Known

as The surin and similans.

The Sampai Jumpa is a beautiful wooden gaff-rigged Phinisi yacht with a capacity of only 11

divers, which makes for a very intimate and customised live-a-board experience. We were

even luckier, with only four other divers joining Laura and myself the staff focused on making

sure we had the most wonderful experience. In comparison to other live-a-boards the Sampai

Jumpa was very basic and without all the high technological innovations of the modern world.

For me this was excellent as the trip was about diving, and with four dives a day for six days

I was happy to leave the world of computers and DVDs behind me. Before I get to the diving,

it is critical to mention - as is the case with most live-a-boards - the amazing food. We were

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temperature was a gorgeous twenty-seven

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The average visibility was 40 metres and then

some in all directions, with the water being a crisp,

clean blue. We were exceptionally lucky in that we

had very little current for the majority of our trip and

could quietly drift across the coral gardens and

enjoy the splendour of the area. The dive sites are

quite distinct in that those on the eastern shores

tend to be gentle sloping coral gardens and sandy

patches. The western coast is quite different with

its dramatic rocky structures, walls, and excellent

swim-throughs.

some definiTe highlighTs include:

• elephant Head rock is an amazing

exploration of big granite boulders and a

matrix of swim-throughs. We were really

fortunate to have very little current on this dive

because the site is renowned for some pretty

whirlpool-like effects as the Andaman pushes

into the western coast of Similan 8.

• east of eden was diametrically opposite

from Elephants Head Rock and resembled an

aquarium more than a dive site. Located just

off Similan 7, East of Eden gave us a great

view of the wonderful results of the turtle

hatching programme run in the reserve, with

a multitude of excellent sightings. The reef

life was some of the best I have seen and

the colourful feather stars and Christmas tree

worms augmented the myriad of coral.

• night dives were also a real highlight,

the most memorable being a super dive in

Honeymoon Bay. The life of a night dive is

so different to that of the day and seeing

active cowry shells, hunting octopus, and

trevally were a special treat. Some eerie

dark swim-throughs were accentuated with

long, wrecked remains of ghostly ships. A

beautifully preserved anchor hung suspended

by its stocks across a narrow swim-through

providing a silent reminder of the sea's power.

• Underwater tsunami monument is an

amazing experience. Ten metres below the

waves you will find a number of monuments

that have been sunk in memory of the

devastation inflicted by the 2004 tsunami. The

monuments are representations of the zodiac

signs, as well as a memorial temple and a

woman resting in the sand. The memorial has

also provided a home for a whole new colony

of reef fish and was a real highlight for me.

• richelieu rock, some fifty nautical miles

north of Similan, off the island of Surin, is still

encapsulated in the national park, but due to

its remote location it is often not accessible

by the six-day live-a-boards. The dive site

is huge and the reef breaks the surface at

low tide, providing a very impressive home

to massive schools of fusiliers, trevally, and

chevron barracuda. The macro life was equally

impressive with anglerfish, and my very first

seahorse was another highlight.

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Honeymoon Bay

Tsunami underwater memorial Cleaner shrimp helping out an eel

Amazing topography

Clowning around

Hunting feather star


Exploring the underwater caverns

With those beautiful sites singled out, it must be said that all the

diving merged into one long six-day dive, with close encounters

with leopard sharks, white tips, eels, turtles, Napoleon rass, squid,

octopus, ornate ghost pipefish, cuttlefish and much, much more.

The ultimate highlight though was my very first manta ray. We were

diving along a wall with our heads stuck in the rocks looking for

interesting critters when - by chance - I turned to gaze out into the

deep blue, only to have a huge manta swim right alongside me.

I started screaming into my regulator and pulling on Laura’s arm,

kicking the instructor's head … not very master diver like at all, but

then it was my first manta and it had taken me more than 200 dives

to see it - I was pretty excited. Unfortunately, my antics meant that

the ray did not hang around for long, but it did not matter as I was

on cloud nine.

The underwater vistas were not the only beautiful sights served up

by the Andaman Sea islands. Dropping anchor on a clear afternoon

in Honeymoon Bay we skipped our afternoon dive for a walk across

the picturesque beach cove and up through a rocky outcrop, up

a chain ladder and onto a rock plateau majestically perched high

on the island, which provided a 360 degree view of the awesome

surroundings. The Sampai Jumpa bobbed happily in the bay below

as the wonderful crew prepared our gear for a night dive, while

we gazed across the azure waters and wondered at what hidden

treasures we had yet to uncover.

all in all, Thailand’s besT dive locaTion

provided us wiTh one of The finesT examples

of this wonderful world. •

Leopard shark resting Lionfish reef

Tsunami memorial – Sleeping Lady

Turtle town

èrelated articles:

• Mozambique - Manta Coast (Issue 20, p. 70)

• Diving Bilene (Issue 20, p. 55)

• Marico Oog - A Unique Freshwater Diving

Experience (Issue 18, p. 36)

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• Worldwide Dive and Sail operates a

very professional diving live-a-board

operation, which services the whole of

South East Asia. At the time of writing,

the Thailand trips had been removed

from the roster.

• The Similan Islands consist of nine

islands that are referred to as Similan

1 through to Similan 9, a reference

when marking dive sites. Islands 1,

2, and 3 are closed to the public as

part of a turtle protection and hatching

programme.

• The word Similan is actually a Thai word

meaning 'nine'.

• The Similan National Park was

established in 1982.

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inSHAPE: Words & Photos: Morgan Trimble | Video: Courtesy of Crossfit Pretoria

70 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

From toP to bottom:

1. Walter Pretorius busy working out 2. CrossFit

member Mark Scriven performing a snatch, one of

two Olympic lifts 3. Ruan van Zyl busy working out

4. Ludwig Viljoen demonstrates a ring handstand

5. Walter Pretorius doing pull-ups


the

Discovering

Cr ssFit

Culture

They say a near-death

experience makes

you feel more alive.

Perhaps that explains

the cultish following

of CrossFit, a growing

fitness phenomenon

you might want to try

out if one of your 2013

resolutions is to shape

up.

CrossFit was founded by Greg Glassman

in the US, in 2000, as an underground

alternative to big commercial gyms. It's

a training programme that claims to

have molded some of the fittest athletes

on Earth through gruelling, competitive

workouts built on running, jumping,

and lifting heavy things, in other words,

the functional movements of life.

The programme focuses on building

functional bodies as opposed to muscle

isolation, so you won’t find a bicep curl

machine or similar in a CrossFit gym,

nor will you find many 'inverted triangle'

bodies with arms thicker than legs. Early

on, CrossFit became the 'go to' strength

and conditioning programme in the US

for groups like police academies and

military units that needed to build elite

physical capabilities for unpredictable

circumstances. From there, its global

popularity has exploded, and today

there are nearly 5,000 CrossFit gyms

dotting the globe, with 21 in South

Africa.

Joke: How do you know if

someone does CrossFit? don't

worry, they'll tell you.

I first heard about it a few years ago from my best friend, who had

joined up in San Francisco to get in top shape for her wedding.

A wedding doesn’t quite require the same extreme fitness as the

military, but hey, she looked amazing and could crank out pull-ups

like a machine, two of my life goals. Eager to give CrossFit a try,

I found a gym close to me in Pretoria and resolved to submit my

slightly unfit self to a two-month trial.

CrossFit is all about intensity, and it was clear from my first work

out that it was going to shock my system. At my introductory

session (you can try one for free), I worked through a few moves

with Chad Theron, co-owner and trainer along with Riaan Hofmeyr

at CrossFit Pretoria, before being given my work out of the day, or

'WOD' in CrossFit lingo. This consisted of seven burpees (where

you jump from a standing position to a sprawl with your chest on

the ground, then hop back to your feet, and clap your hands over

your head while jumping followed by seven wall balls (here you

hold a medicine ball at chest level, crouch into a full squat as you

power up to throw the ball against a mark high on the wall, and

then catch it as you return to a squat). These exercises are then

repeated for seven rounds. It sounded easy enough, but by round

two I wondered if I would be able to finish. I grunted through my

last few reps, after which Chad called out my finish time of 8:35,

and declared it 'not bad'. I think he was just being nice because he

could see I was struggling not to keel over.

From the intro class, beginners progress to the 'on-ramp'

programme. At CrossFit Pretoria, that's four sessions with a

trainer to learn the necessary techniques, like squats, cleans,

and presses, before graduating to fast-paced classes with the

seasoned CrossFitters. Classes are usually about an hour long,

and most gyms give classes throughout the day. This provides

freedom in scheduling, but it's still a group class so you have to

arrive at the appropriate time.

Every day brings a different workout, which keeps things interesting

and constantly challenges muscles in new ways. Classes begin with

a 10 minute warm-up, such as stretches and 20 each of pull-ups,

sit-ups, and ring dips. Then it’s 15 minutes of strength-focused

training, for example, finding your one rep max deadlift, then

performing five sets of three reps at 80% maximum weight. From

there, it’s usually 10 minutes to practise a skill, like progressions to

ring dips, one-legged squats, handstand push-ups or rope climbs.

Finally, it’s onto the main workout of the day. The WOD is the killer

intensity part and typically consists of a sequence of movements

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the

Discovering

Cr ssFit

Culture

that might include a combination of sprinting, lifting

weights, kettlebell swings, body weight exercises,

and skipping rope. Working against the clock

during the WOD maintains the intensity. The WOD

is always performed either as 'rounds for time' -

how fast you can get through a certain sequence

of exercises, or 'as many rounds as possible' - how

many rounds of a sequence of exercises you can

get through in a set time. The whole class starts

the WOD at the same time, and it's an energetic,

competitive atmosphere that compels you to push

beyond what you thought were your limits. When

done, you chalk up your time on the whiteboard

to compare to other classes throughout the day.

If all that sounds a little intense, well, it is. But the

workouts are designed, in theory, to be scalable

to a person of any fitness level. For example,

weights or reps can be scaled down from what is

prescribed in the WOD if necessary. Even though

you may need to scale down, especially at first, the

workouts are still designed to leave you heaped in

a pool of sweat (and quite possibly blood, puke,

and tears) in the end. Movements are substitutable

too. Can't do the handstand push-ups prescribed

in the WOD? I can't either! No problem, just do

jackknife handstand push-ups with your hips

bent 90 degrees and your feet resting on a box.

Can't manage that? Do normal push-ups until you

get stronger. And you will. After just a month at

CrossFit I went back to my old gym and blazed

through my standard lifting routine that had been

my mainstay for several years. Clearly I wasn’t

pushing it previously.

So why pay a membership fee to work out in a

purposely sparse and slightly grungy warehouse

with rudimentary fitness equipment? You can,

after all, do CrossFit on your own in your garage

- daily WODs are posted online along with lots of

instructional videos. But I think joining a CrossFit

gym is great, especially for newcomers. You have

trainers supervising every workout and giving

you tips to improve your lifting technique. This is

especially important to avoid injury when doing

complicated movements like the Olympic lifts. The

community is also extremely motivating. At first

it was a little weird to give everything I had in a

workout, while grunting, grimacing, and dripping

sweat everywhere in front of other people.

Honestly though, people are so busy trying not to

die themselves that they don’t have time to check

out the faces you're making when you try to crank

out your hundredth push-up.

I've also found the other gym goers to be ultra

supportive. One of the toughest workouts I've done

involved flipping a tractor tyre 30 times as fast as

possible and then dragging a 60 kg weighted sled

back and forth 10 times across the whole gym.

This was one of the few workouts we did one at a

time because there wasn't space or equipment for

everyone to go at once. I was pleasantly surprised

to hear even the muscliest of the men cheering me

on when I didn't think I could drag the sled another

step. Afterwards, they gave me some great tips on

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stretches to ease my screaming quads and calves. You won't find

camaraderie like this amongst the bros at your local gym because

they're too busy checking themselves out in the mirror. Mirrors are a

feature mercifully omitted from most CrossFit gyms.

After my two-month trial, I'm definitely addicted and will stick

with the programme. I think CrossFit will make just about anyone

stronger, faster, and fitter, and more capable in everyday activities,

from helping friends move house, to hobby sports, and pretty much

any physical activity you can imagine. From what I’ve seen, CrossFit

builds awesome bodies too. Search Google for some before-andafter

photos to be truly amazed.

During my first week at CrossFit Pretoria, I chuckled when a guy

split his shorts while doing kettlebell swings (he still smoked me in

the workout though). In the second and third week it also happened

to two different guys. I can think of three possible explanations for

the short-splitting phenomenon. 1) CrossFit makes your muscles

grow faster than you can buy new shorts; 2) CrossFitters like to wear

tight clothes to showcase their physiques; or 3) CrossFitters get so

addicted to working out that they launder their gym kit to shreds. It's

probably a combination.

For even better body transformation results, CrossFit recommends

the 'paleo' or 'zone' diets, which focus on whole plant and animal

foods, limiting starch, and avoiding processed food and added

sugar. Talking about nutrition reminds me of a joke: "They say

you are what you eat. That's strange. I don't

remember eating any sexy beast today!"

èrelated articles:

• Who is the Fittest in Cape Town (Issue 10, p. 60)

• Summer Work Out - Look Good and Feel Great (Issue 7, p. 98)

• Optimal Nutrition for Optimal Performance (Issue 2, p. 72)

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From leFt to rigHt:

1. Anneke de Beer does a kettlebell

handstand 2. Rope climbs

3. Kettlebell swings

To find an affiliate near you: map.crossfit.com

For all things CrossFit: www.crossfit.com

My gym: www.crossfitpretoria.co.za

Check out a CrossFit competition: Fittest in Cape Town,

26-27 January 2013, Camps Bay www.fittestincapetown.com


inSHAPE:

Words: Hannele Steyn

pRoceSSed

foodS

processed foods are things you should try to cut out from

your diet, as there are only a few that have been fortified with

extra vitamins and minerals that you can eat. for example,

certain fruit juices and cereals, frozen vegetables, and milk

are processed, but contain vitamins and minerals and are

'processed' to keep them from rotting.

Milk is pasteurized to kill bacteria and homogenized to keep fats from separating,

so this form of processing is very necessary. Freezing can also help preserve the

natural vitamins that sometimes get lost on the shelf.

Processed foods are, most of the time,

full of refined sugar, preservatives, salt,

and trans fats, and occasionally you will

also find hormones and additives that

have been added. These products go

through a lot of chemical processes

to prolong efficacy and keep them

from spoiling before the expiry date,

thus making life easier in today's timestarved

society. As a result, we no

longer need to devote huge amounts of

time and energy to shopping everyday

because we are able to keep food for

longer and or buy ready-made foods.

Manufacturers also make it easier for

mothers to pack school lunch boxes with

all kinds of easy to eat and convenient

ready-made foods, and this is one of

the reasons why there are so many

'sick' kids with all kinds of allergies and

intolerances, compared to way back

when.

So let's take a look at these 'bad'

ingredients in more detail to see why

they are not good for us:

• Sodium is not a bad thing, but if

we look at how much we consume

when eating processed foods, it

becomes an overload in our diets

and can increase blood pressure,

which may lead to health issues. So

instead of eating things like ham,

bacon, chips, cheese, and so on,

rather eat cooked chicken, baked

potatoes, and cottage cheese.

74 • DO IT NOW Magazine | January 2013

• trans fats are oils that have

been infused with hydrogen and

they raise our bad cholesterol

levels and lower the good ones.

It causes weight gain and I think

they are one of the biggest

'killers' of the nutrition world

today. Trans fats (fats that don’t

melt at room temperature) give

taste to food and are very cheap,

and are therefore very nice for

manufacturers to use. A few

examples of items to stay away

from are roasted nuts, chocolates,

and ready-made foods. Rather

replace them with raw nuts, fresh

fruit, and home-made meals.

• Colourants and preservatives

are two of the most dangerous

substances in processed foods.

Studies in mice have shown

colourants 1 and 2 (found in fizzy

drinks), red 3 (found in tinned

cherries, fruit cocktail mixes, and

some sweets), green 3 (found

in sweets and drinks), yellow

6 (found in drinks, sausages,

gelatine, and baked foods, to

name just a few) have all been

linked to some kind of cancer.

Similarly, preservatives like BHA

and BHT (most commonly used),

along with MSG, which is used in

cereals, chips, chewing gum, and

vegetable oils, are also all linked to

cancer causing compounds.


Passion4Wholeness muesli: a balanced meal for everyone!

diabetic friendly, Wheat free, loW glycaemic and no trans-fat

Designed by a sportsperson with a passion 4 health: Hannele Steyn is a former winner of the Absa Cape Epic,

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i urge you all to try

and become more

knowledgeable on

what you are buying,

and rather buy fresh

or organic foods

and prepare them

yourself, flavouring

your meals with

fresh herbs instead

of all the convenient

msg-packed spices.

it will be well worth

your effort! •

reference: Health Intelligence

magazine, Sept/Oct 2012, by

Tamzyn Campbell, B.ScMed (Hons)

èrelated articles:

• How Good is Milk for you?

(Issue 19, p. 90)

• Clever Nutrition for Mega

Long Races (Issue 18, p. 84)

• Are you Supplement Savvy?

(Issue 14, p. 96)

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inTRANSIT:

Words: André Troost | Photos: André Troost, Chris von Wielligh & Danie du Toit

Crossing

the Kei

As the sun baked down on a typical

spring afternoon in Stellenbosch

I felt the urge to follow its

rays into the unknown. An idea

started to take form and I told

Danie du Toit, my friend who is an

accomplished traveller, about my

adventurous plan.

The plan entailed Danie, my mate Chris von Wielligh, and I travelling

in a Land Rover from the Little Brak River, along the Sunshine Coast

and through the Ciskei, then over the Kei River and into the Transkei.

From there we would head to Coffee Bay and then make our way

through the Eastern Cape Midlands towards the Great Karoo, and

finally homewards to Paarl. What had started out as an 11-day

holiday quickly became a cultural experience that transcended into

a complete cultural awakening; a journey that clarified the essence

of being human for me.

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On the morning of our departure from the Little

Brak River, there's an atmosphere of excitement

amongst us as we sit inside the Land Rover with

our essentials packed and the tank filled up. The

sky is clear and the air brisk, and the sun's rays

that I've been impatiently waiting for finally reveal

their golden brilliance at the foot of the Outeniqua

Mountain. Setting off, we make our way over the

mountain, into the Langkloof, and past the sleepy

towns of Haarlem, Joubertina, and Kareedouw. We

shake hands with the N2 just before Port Elizabeth

and spend our first night at a friend’s house near

Bushman's River Mouth.

Driving to Mthata the next day marks the beginning

of unfamiliar country for us. Turning off before Kei

Mouth, we follow an 8 km 4x4 track that leads us


into the stunning Ciskei wilderness. That night,

stories about old school and current university

days, and performing in bands are heartily regaled

as we strum a few tunes on the guitars. Much

later we doze off to the sound of insects loudly

proclaiming their presence.

The next morning we cruise down the coast to

the Double Mouth Campsite, situated just off the

beach in a nature reserve and nestled between

towering cliffs. Armed with our surfboards,

camera, and other necessities, we wade across

the river mouth and reach a seemingly endless,

isolated beach. Diving into the waves with

careless abandon, I close my eyes and savour

the experience while committing every detail of

this beautiful, unspoilt paradise to memory.

Somewhere on the outskirts beach

between Dwesa and The Haven

Waking early, we take a ferry across the Kei River, with Johnny

Clegg’s ‘Great Heart’ reverberating at full volume. But as we approach

Mazeppa Bay, it seems that Lady Luck has abandoned us: there are

no campsites in Mazeppa Bay. The closest are in Cebe, about a twohour

drive back south, so after negotiating with a resident, we happily

find ourselves camping in his backyard. Unfortunately, rain arrives

during the night, but seeing the situation as a glass half full, we put

up the umbrella and enjoy a fine Merlot as a delicious hoenderpotjie

slowly cooks.

The following morning we are greeted by grey clouds hovering

menacingly above our heads and everything is soaked through.

Unfazed, we take the advice of some Mazeppa locals to visit Dwesa;

a must see they say. Getting there is an adventure in itself, but with the

help of Google Maps we navigate our way through the heart of Dutywa,

past townships and into the hills, and then over the mountains again

to finally arrive in Dwesa.�

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Dwesa is an isolated marine nature reserve with

only traditional Xhosa villages surrounding it. The

campsites allow you to experience nature in its purest

form, with chattering vervet monkeys hanging from

branches above our heads and bushbucks grazing

peacefully around the ablution blocks, to fireflies

twinkling under a star-studded sky and scores of

different sounds emanating from the hills to lull us

to sleep. Given the immense effort and time it has

taken us to get here, we decide to stay for a second

night and spend the time relaxing on a deserted

beach and visiting the local shebeen with our new

friend, Vuyani, the reserve's tour guide. Vuyani

owns a piece of land high up on a hill overlooking

the magnificent Wild Coast and lives off the land.

What a great life!

During a visit to the shebeen, I sat on the stoep

on an old wooden bench next to my two friends,

with a beer in my hand, and as I watch the cattle

and goats walk by and listen to the Xhosa elders

and younger men talking about the village’s goat

prices, I realise that this is where I belong. No

Times Square, no Champs-Élyssées, no Big Ben,

no Eiffel Tower, and no St. Peter’s Cathedral could

make me feel what I felt here; an unconditional love

for Africa.

The next morning Vuyani takes us on a guided tour

through the reserve in the Land Rover, and because

Dwesa receives so few visitors, the 4x4 trail is a

bit more 4x4 than one would normally imagine,

although it suits us perfectly. We stop to take a

walk on an isolated beach between Dwesa and

The Haven, and as I walk along the wet sand the

only sounds I can hear are the crashing waves and

songs of birds. But suddenly an unfamiliar smell

tantalises my nose. The smell becomes stronger,

and then I see it: droppings from a large animal.

I ask Vuyani which animal’s droppings it is. He

slowly lifts his face to the sky and fixes his eyes on

something I can’t see. “Rhino,” he faintly replies. At

first I don’t understand his emotional sentiment, but

the rest of his reply quells any doubts. “Last year

there were 13 here. Now not one is left. Poachers.

They come at night. They fly in with helicopters,”

he says. As I kneel beside the droppings I can now

understand what he was looking at amongst the

clouds, and the realisation of this incredibly sad

situation, of what is and what should be, hits me

hard and I pray.

It's time to leave so we reignite the Land Rover

and set off along the back roads to Coffee Bay.

The shortest route is a scenic 130 km one, but

not the quickest, and the tar road that connects

Coffee Bay to the N2 is a blessing after days of

bumping, shuffling, and being shook up. After

spending the night at the Coffee Bay Campsite,

situated in an indigenous forest, we venture out

the next morning and discover the town's delights,

which include playing beach soccer with the locals,

eating delicious pizzas at Pappazela’s Pizzeria,

and enjoying unbelievable fishing and surfing

experiences.

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Excited about what adventures lie ahead on the second part of the

trip, we bid the sea farewell. The road to Hogsback brings change

and the landscape transforms from grassy hills to misty mountains.

As we enter Hogsback, located high up in the Amathole Mountains in

dense woods, a thick mist hangs over the town to give the beautiful

old buildings an enchanted and mysterious feel. We book into the

Away with the Fairies Backpackers, and as darkness falls we light a

fire and braai with our new friends, Eben and Dominique.

Leaving Hogsback, we glide down the Amathole Mountains in the

direction of Graaff-Reinet. It's fascinating to see the British architecture

as we pass through the former British colonial towns of Alice, Fort

Beaufort, and Bedford. Once again a shift in scenery takes place

through the Land Rover’s windows as we drive into the heart of the

Great Karoo, and come day's end we pitch a tent in the Karoo soil.

We set out just as the sun splashes

its first golden rays over the

Karoo plains and later meet up with

friends at the Lord Milner Hotel in

Matjiesfontein. From here the road

takes us to Danie’s family’s farm,

situated between Matjiesfontein and

Sutherland, and we are blessed with

the most spectacular sunset.


Our homeward journey takes us to

Paarl and after exiting the Huguenot

Tunnel the significance of the past 11

days suddenly dawns on me. Thinking

of the smiling faces we saw in the

Transkei villages and the amazingly

diverse people we've met brings

tears of happiness to my eyes and

I feel so privileged to be part of this

awesome country. The many different

experiences blew my imagination,

expanded my knowledge, and made

for countless amazing memories that

culminated into an overall experience

I will never ever forget. Nkosi Sikelel’

iAfrika.

èrelated articles:

• Old Faithful Travels to

Sesfontein, Namibia -

Part 2 (Issue 19. p.116)

• Vet Books for Africa -

(Issue 14, p. 128)

• The Different Faces of Africa

(Digital article, August ’12)

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Fr om leFt to rigHt:

1. Vuyani telling us about the

history of Dwesa

2. Where green and blue meets,

Morgan’s Bay

3. Tree climbing into the mist at

Hogsback

4. This is why I love Africa! A

kiosk in Coffee Bay

5. One of the peaceful sites in

the Transkei

6. Blowing off steam in the

Karoo between Matjiesfontein

and Sutherland

7. A serene sunset down the

coast from the Double Mouth

Campsite

8. Arriving back home in Paarl.

(l-r) Me, Danie and Chris

Travelling tips:

• If the focus is to experience, stop at every interesting sight.

It’s time well spent.

• Approximate costs were R2 200 per person, of which diesel

accounted for about 70%!

• Around R100 was paid for accommodation per person, per night,

although sometimes it was free.

• Accommodation options: Umthombe Kei River Lodge, close to

Kei Mouth; Double Mouth Campsite, Morgan’s Bay; Dwesa Marine

Nature Reserve, Dwesa; Coffee Bay Campsite, Coffee Bay; and

Away with the Fairies Backpackers, Hogsback.

• If you’re going to drive on the back roads, make sure you have a

detailed GPS - Google Maps will do. Most of the back roads have

no or minimal boards indicating directions.

• Make sure you have the basic safety gear.

• Interact with the locals.

• Be open to new experiences. Embrace the situation!

• You haven’t seen the Transkei just by driving on the N2. Take the

back roads! J

• Take photos of everything you see.

• Make a video diary - it's so much fun to watch afterwards.

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inTRANSIT:

Road to Desolation Valley

Words & Photos: Xen & Adri Ludick

The Road Less Travelled

Usually

Surprises

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Xen and I love to travel the roads less

travelled because getting lost and the overriding

joy of getting out of a situation, as well as

spur-of-the-moment decisions, are all part of the

greater adventure. In fact, many of our unplanned

diversions have led to the discovery of wonderful

surprises and experiences.

Many special memories and entertaining stories have come

from travelling on the Hunters Road on the Zimbabwe/

Botswana border, travelling to Vilancoulus on the back

road from Mapai via the Banhine National Park, visiting

Kaokoland/Damaraland and, of course, the road up North

through Zambia and into Malawi, to return via Mozambique.

One of our best 'unplanned' experiences happened when

we were travelling past Purros, in Namibia, and decided

to take a drive up to the viewpoint on the Skeleton Coast.

As we stood on Mt. Kabere, with a gale force wind trying

to toss us into the valley below, we could see all along

the rugged coastline from the south to the north, and from

the Khumib River all the way to the east; the view was

spectacularly wild, and it was an experience we wouldn’t

trade for the world. But it was our Lake Xau discovery made

more recently that I would like to share with you.

We’ve been incredibly fortunate to be able to visit the

Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) for some years

now, and our route of choice is to travel from Serowe

to Orapa, through Mopipi, and then on to Rakops. Just

outside of Rakops, we turn left onto the 47 km twee-spoor

that leads to the Matswere entrance gate at CKGR. On

our last visit, we had to return to Rakops to re-fuel and as

it so often happens there was no fuel to be found there.

This left us with no option but to continue on to Mopipi,

75 km further on the tar road. To get there we needed to

cross the Boteti River, and although we have made this

crossing on numerous occasions we’ve never experienced

the high water levels as on this particular day. Although the

water had risen quite high against the bridge, we were in no

danger at any time. Relieved, we set off once more towards

Mopipi. On the way, our GPS showed that Lake Xau was

close by, and as we had never been to this so-called lake,

we decided to check it out after re-fueling.

With our fuel tank full and having found a supply of ice

we left Mopipi and turned west, travelling on a gravel road

for about 26 km before turning north again. Getting to the

western part of the lake was more interesting in Old Faithful,

our trusty Land Cruiser, as the road was extremely rocky

and became more uneven due to the area being covered by

water some weeks back and now the mud had hardened,

making the journey a bit rougher. Xen’s extensive driving

skills were put to the test, but we managed to progress at

a snail’s pace until we reached a secondary track. About

3 km further along there was a gravel area that looked like

a small dam, but there was no water in sight. Was this the

lake? It wasn’t, and not much further we came upon the

real Lake Xau, which is also known as Dow Meer or Lake

Dow. It was so huge that we could only just make out the

end of the lake. When reading about it later, we learnt that

this was the first time it had been filled with water in 40

years!�

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A dust bowl

Inquisitive puffadder

Looking good after a bath

The principle stream is the Okavango River, which flows from

Angola into Botswana and drains into the Okavango Delta. During

the rainy season the flow continues east along the Boteti River to

Lake Xau and the Makgadikgadi Pans. The lake is approximately

15 km long and 6 km wide, and according to GeoInformation,

Lake Xau is a remaining part of an ancient super lake in what is

now the Kalahari. This super lake dried out about 10,000 years

ago, leaving behind the Makgadikgadi Pan System, Nxai Pan,

Okavango Delta, Mababae Depression and Lake Xau. According

to Professor Cornelis Vanderpost, the Boteti River was diverted

in the 1970s to bypass Lake Xau and bring water to the Mopipi

Dam, from where it was pumped to the diamond mine in Orapa.

The diversion works around Lake Xau were removed a few

years ago and so the original flow pattern of the Boteti River

was restored. During the high floods of 2010 and 2011 in the

Okavango, the Boteti River reached Lake Xau at the end of June

2011. So when we saw Lake Xau in May 2012, what had once

been a decades-old dust bowl was now filled with water and had

grown to a considerable size. According to BirdLife Botswana,

there is growing interest in birdwatching at Lake Xau as it remains

a unique and isolated body of water, and thousands of ruffs have

made it their winter home. The ruff (Philomachus pugnax) is a

medium-sized wading bird that breeds in marshes. This highly

gregarious sandpiper is migratory and sometimes forms huge

flocks in its winter grounds, which includes Africa.

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Mowani Mountain Camp

Back on the road again we passed Kedia, a small

township on the southern part of Lake Xau, and

the Gidiwe Pan, and then made our way along the

cutline back to the Matswere Gate, all without

passing another vehicle. Old Faithfull had once

again stayed true and treated us well, taking

us safely back to our camp where we reflected

on another very special, unplanned day that

delivered a worthy reward for choosing the road

less travelled. Until next time, safe travels. •

èrelated articles:

• Jurgens Still Going Strong After 60 Years

(Digital article, October ’12)

• Old Faithful Travels to Sesfontein - Namibia,

Part 2 (Issue 19, p. 116)

• Namibia, Orange River to Kunene -

A Technicolour Dreamscape: Part 1

(Issue 10, p. 18)

Bath time

Gemsbok family


inTRANSIT:

Words & Photos by Phillip-Neil Albertyn

Paddling upstream on the Beni River, Bolovia, in a canoeThe old Inca City of Machu Picchu, Peru

Around the World

on Public Transport

South America to the Sub Continent of India

The idea of travelling around the world became a reality after a few good bottles

of wine at a braai with some of my buddies. The rules for this epic adventure was

to travel across five continents from coast to coast, between the 2008 and 2012

Olympics, and only by public transport. In the last issue, my travels took me from

Europe, to Northern and Central America. South America was up next, and with my

new-found Spanish language skills I was keen to apply them in this magnificent

continent, with its vast deserts and jungles, high mountains, large rivers, and

ancient cultures. From there I would go to India, a place that I'd heard so many

contradicting reports about that I had to go and experience it for myself.

South America

I flew to Cartagena from Panama as the 'Trans Am' highway

literally stops in a jungle, which is run by drug lords. This old city

is surrounded by walls and prides itself on being the biggest fort in

the whole of South America. After an incident with a guy bearing

a knife, who wanted to relieve me of all my worldly possessions,

I decided it was time to head towards the Andes, the longest

continental mountain range in the world. Leaving by local bus, I

passed the capital and largest city of Columbia, Bogota, as well as a

few smaller towns on the way to Ecuador, just outside Quito on the

equator. This is a beautiful colonial city with wonderful views of the

Andes' snow-capped peaks and a nearby volcano.

Arriving in Peru, I had a rather eventful first day as I was stung by a

poisonous fish and had to be rushed to hospital by a 'tuk-tuk'. After

a few injections and some TLC I was ready to tackle the longest

single trip (40 hours) to Cusco, via Lima, and home of the Inca Trail;

a trail that's rated by many to be in the top five treks in the world.

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I met four other travellers here and we decided

to do this together instead of using an agency.

In just 43 km, the trail manages to combine

beautiful mountain scenery, lush cloud forest,

subtropical jungle, and a stunning mix of Inca

paving stones, ruins and tunnels. After four days

of hiking we reached the trail's final destination;

Manchu Picchu, the mysterious 'Lost City of the

Incas', and this experience counts as an all time

high for me.

I then took a battered old truck to Lake Titicaca,

the world's highest navigable lake, and this

was another gem with so much on offer. The

drifting islands close to Puno and the Isla de

Sol's beautiful sunsets over the lake and snowcapped

mountains were all highlights for me.


Canyon crossing in Cuenca, Ecuador

Reaching Bolivia in a brightly coloured chicken bus (used to

transport almost anything), this country is the uncut diamond of

South America. Although it was the most rural of the countries I

travelled through, I spent some unforgettable time there sharing

the water with freshwater dolphins, and piranhas and alligators in

the upstream arteries of the Amazon. A trip to La Paz and Potosi,

the highest capital and city in the world, was a tough one for me

as I battled with the thin air.

Leaving Potosi I travelled by 4x4 to reach Uyuni Salt Lake,

considered to be one of the seven natural marvels of the world.

Located 3,650 m up in the mountains of Bolivia, it covers an area

of 12,000 km square and is the biggest salt lake in the world.

Here you will also find the Salt Hotel that's located right in the

middle of the lake! This hotel is built out of blocks of salt cut from

the lake, and all the furniture is also made of salt blocks. The only

things made of contemporary materials are the toilets, lighting,

and billiard table.

With my Spanish still under construction, I bought a train ticket

to Chile, or so I thought. Midway through the trip I realised that

the train was not heading for the Chilean border, but rather the

Argentinean border. With this new destination thrust upon me, I

headed towards Mendoza in a minibus and was treated to some

of the most spectacular rock formations near Salta, and passed

many vineyards that are responsible for some of the finest wines

in South America. Mendoza is a vibrant place and definitely shares

some of the flair of her sister city Stellenbosch in South Africa.

En route to Isla del Sol on the highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca

From Mendoza, I set my sights once again on Chile

and boarded another train - the right one this time. To

cross into Chile one has to travel over the Andes, where

you are surrounded by towering and breathtaking

peaks of well over 6,000 m. Entering the country’s

capital, Santiago, the city was surprisingly modern and

complete with a underground train system. After a little

mishap where the first train left with my backpack and

not me, I managed to recover my bag and left Chillán

three hours later. Earthquakes have battered Chillán

throughout its turbulent history, so most of its colonial

charm was bulldozed away decades ago. But away

from the sweeping concrete shopping precincts of the

city centre, it does have its appeal and the landscape

is dotted with glassy lakes and flowing rivers, and

surrounded by mountains.

I re-entered Argentina and headed to the most

southern-most city on this adventure, the fairy-tale

city of San Carlos de Bariloche. It is perfectly situated

between glacial-carved mountains and vibrant forests

that surround the lake, and boasts the most beautiful

wooden and stone houses. From there I travelled to

Patagonia by train and then took a bus to Mar del Plata,

the sea of silver. My last leg was to Buenos Aires by

train. Along the way I met some jolly sailors who were

also travelling around the world and we entertained each

other with stories about our land and sea travels. �

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Water buffalo cooling off in the Ganges River, India

Buenos Aires was everything I had hoped for, and could easily

have been an European city that went astray and landed in South

America. I visited Casa Rosado, where Evita addressed the nation,

before heading to the colourful Bocas, and home of the tango.

With my time running out there was just one more thing I wanted

to see before leaving and that was the Iguaçu Falls. I reached

this landmark on the border of Brazil and Argentina by overnight

bus. This is the biggest drop of water anywhere in the world and

consists of a network of 275 different waterfalls that span an area

three kilometres. UNESCO designated the falls a World Heritage

Area in 1986, and it’s definitely the most spectacular natural site

I've ever laid eyes on! I looped my way back across Brazil and

Uruguay, to Buenos Aires, the final destination on this continent

after almost seven months of travel.

The Sub Continent

Since Asia is so big I thought it would be fair to also cross the

subcontinent of India. So I entered this fascinating country in

Mumbai - a hectic place with a warm heart - after an eight-hour

flight.

It soon became clear that travelling by train would be the best way

to get around this fascinating part of the world. Boarding a train to

the capital Deli, I entered one of the compartments, an open sixbed

configuration. As the train was overbooked my compartment

became a six-plus-one compartment, with me on the floor. Deli,

like the rest of India, is a place of extremes, ranging between rich

and poor, beauty and pollution. I took a day trip to the magnificent

Taj Mahal, where the magnitude of this landmark just blew my

mind. It was also fascinating to see how it changed colour during

the course of the day, and how the marble dome glitters after a rain

storm. My next stop was Amritsar in the north west. This is a secret

stop for sheik pilgrims and most of the activities take place around

the Golden Temple, which is situated in the middle of a man-made

lake. Food and accommodation were free, and the four days spent

there were a blessing to my budget.

Turning westwards I visited the spiritual place from which the Hindus

‘depart’ to another life, Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges River.

The Ganges, or Ganga, is the largest river in India at 2,525 km

long and crosses the whole country. The Ganges basin is the most

sacred river to Hindus and a lifeline to millions of Indians who live

along its course and depend on it for their daily needs. No place

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In front of the ‘Gate to India’ in Mumbai

The magnificent Taj Mahal, India

along her banks is more longed for at the moment

of death by Hindus than Varanasi, the holiest place

in Hinduism and often referred to as ‘the holy city

of India’. It is said that those lucky enough to die in

Varanasi are cremated on the banks of the Ganges

and granted instant salvation. There are exceptions

though; pregnant women, children, holy people, and

people who died from a snake bite are not cremated

but lowered into the river.

Reaching the most northerly point of this trip by 4x4, I

entered Darjeeling in the Himalayas and the birth place

of Tensing Norgay. His life and Mt. Everest, which

can be seen in winter, are celebrated everywhere

in this lovely town. I finally reached the sweltering

city of Calcutta, where Mother Teresa changed the

heart of India and the world by dedicating her life to

the needy. The return journey to Mumbai, via Goa,

revealed its ties to Portugal, and a lot of Portuguese

fingerprints could be found everywhere.

To some people INDIA stands for ‘I’ll Never Do

It Again’, but for me it was one of the most

fascinating places on the face of the earth. I will

definitely visit it again. I had now crossed three

continents in the last 18 months and my high

expectations had been met. I had not only been

treated to spectacular landscapes, but also to

ancient traditions and cultures that are sadly

fading quickly.

In the next issue, my journey by public transport takes

me to Africa, Asia, and the fifth and final continent,

that of eastern Europe, from the Ural Mountains to

the Baltic Sea. •

èrelated articles:

• Around the World on Public Transport -

Europe to North and Central America (Issue

20, p. 80)

• Playing with Fire (Issue 18, p. 44)

• Solo Across Western Sahara (Issue 15, p. 26)


&

inNATURE: Words: Alan Hobson | Photos & Video: Angler & Antelope

exponential growth

exceptional fishing

very seldom does all the puzzle pieces

fall into place for a dream weekend

of fly fishing. this was the case when

my good friend apie, from cape

town, organised a clinic for his port

elizabeth clients; Stephen, alan,

and craig, at mountain dam.

When Apie first started making arrangements for the clinic back

in September 2011, the Eastern Cape had just recovered from its

worst drought in fifty-odd years and one had to work extremely

hard to land a few fish, although a good size. Since then Mother

Nature has smiled upon us and we enjoyed good winter rains in

2011, followed by bountiful summer rains and heavy snow falls

this past winter. The net result, bubbling fountains and gurgling

clear cold water. When building expectations with his clients for

this clinic, Apie would drop me a reminder to make sure that

our waters were stocked. He would not be disappointed as

we had stocked more than 8,000 fish in our various dams and

stretches of river in 2012 , including 12-20 cm yearlings, and

16 cm, 60 gram yearlings, followed by a very heavy stocking of

about 6 cm fingerlings.

By spring 2012, the water temperatures were ideal; fluctuating

between 9 and 12 degrees. Whether it was divine intervention

or the sheer genius of Mother Nature, or both, conditions had

reached their prime. The crystal-clear snow melt, together with

substantial rainfall during winter for the second season had,

for the first time ever, provoked our trout to breed in certain

sections of the Little Fish River.

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Apie’s enthusiasm had definitely rubbed off on the rest

of his team in the year building up to this clinic, as

everyone had purchased some fly tackle in anticipation

of the trip. I say purchased but not yet broken in. The

group arrived late on Thursday night to get an early start

on Friday, and I had been under strict instructions from

Apie to ‘train’ the fish by whistling and have them come

to the fly on demand. So whilst enjoying a welcoming

drink at the bar, I presented each member a lanyard

with a whistle, to summon the fish, and a line clipper

to prevent chipped teeth and thus save on dentist bills.

Early Friday morning we headed up the Boschberg

to Mountain Dam. It was misty and a fresh easterly

breeze stirred up a chop on the surface. Somehow the

water exuded an ambiance of expectation or perhaps

it was just the excited babble of the fishermen, but

the conditions felt right. Alan pumped up his V-boat

and was on the water in record time. Apie headed for

the rocks at the wall, and Craig and Stephen came

with me to target the weed beds. Shrieks of delight

echoed across the water as Alan brought his first fish

to the net, then another and another. Eventually Apie’s

congratulatory enthusiasm from the rocks after Alan’s

third fish resonated into a, “Ag nee man!” By this time

both Craig and Stephen had managed to bring their

first fish of the trip to the net. Apie blew hard on his

whistle, but to no avail. So I called him over to join us

on the weed beds as more fish had succumbed to the

net. What a day! Fifty fish, ranging from 30-46 cm and

weighing from 600 grams to 1,2 kilogrammes, were

successfully caught and released.


Saturday could not arrive soon enough as

morale amongst the group was high. In

developing our club waters we have also been

able to restock waters, which were stocked

with trout many years ago, up in the mountains

near Cradock. These waters were stocked with

the 16 cm, 60 gram yearlings just one year

ago. The drive, climbing to 1,700 metres up

in the mountains, is spectacular. The dam is

like one of those drop-off swimming pools that

seem to be suspended and then just falls off

the horizon, except here the dam wall is nestled

tightly between two mountains and then falls

away with blue mountains on the horizon. Alan

remained true to his V-boat and worked every

nuance of the dam, enjoying great rewards and

the bragging rights of a straightened hook of

the brute that got away. Stephen, Craig, and

Apie all captured moments of memories that

will live with them forever. The phenomenon

is that these fish are growing as if they are on

steroids, and have reached over 50 cm and

weigh more than 2 kilogrammes in just over a

year! It is exceptional as were the memories of

a remarkable weekend producing over 70 trout

and 5 yellowfish. •

èrelated articles:

• Vegetarian Trout in the Karoo

(Issue 19, p.114)

• Warm Weather and Water Bugs

(Issue 15, p. 102)

• Winter Tactics (Issue 13, p. 106)

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fly fishing clinics

www.wildflyfishinginthekaroo.co.za

WILD FLY FISHING IN THE KAROO

SOMERSET EAST

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Angler and Antelope offer clinics regularly throughout the year.

A clinic is a tutored day’s fly fishing for anyone interested in

spending the day fly fishing, irrespective of their level of skills.

The day begins early with coffee and muffins, and a talk on 'fly

fishing with a purpose', where it’s explained what species will be

targetted for the day, for example, trout, yellowfish, black bass,

moggel, carp, barbel, and so on, the typical entomology at that

time of the year, what flies would be used and why, and the

techniques to be put into practice. The group then heads out to

the appropriate waters to fish. The instructor will move from one

angler to the next, to explain where to fish, why they should be

fishing a particular piece of water, what fly to use based on the

evidence seen in the water, and how to fish that fly. After a lunch

break, the rest of the day is enjoyed on the water.

The tutoring, equipment, flies, rod fees, and lunch are provided.

The cost is R800 per person for the day, but excludes

refreshments or drinks. The clinics comprise of a minimum of

four anglers and a maximum of eight. For more information

contact alan@anglerandantelope.com.

Most local fly fishing shops also offer clinics, and for contacts

in your province visit www.fosaf .co.za.

Tel: 042 243 3440

Fax: 086 671 6146

Cell: 082 375 4720

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inFOCUS: Words & Photos: Jacques Marais | www.jacquesmarais.co.za

PHOTOGrAPHic

cHrOnicleS

SHOOT!

An AdvenTure FeSTivAl

GeT YOur GrAv On!

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PHOTOGrAPHinG An AdvenTure FeSTivAl iS A

liTTle biT like beinG A kid in A cAndY STOre …

SO mAnY Pix And SO liTTle Time. Here’S HOw TO

mAke Sure YOu dOn’T miSS AnYTHinG!

The 2012 Gravity Adventure Festival, presented by leading

outdoor apparel brand MERRELL, once again rocked

the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve near Kleinmond, in the

Western Cape. And with new organisers Tatum Prins and

Graham Bird at the helm, this endorphin fest has gone big

... nearly as huge as Judgement Day rapid on the Palmiet

after the winter floods.

The question is how do you get around to shoot the

popular trail run series, Black Diamond Rock Rally, and

the MERRELL Adventure Race, as well as a night run, river

swim, SUP Race plus a whack of other events spread far

and wide around the massive event centre? Easy - you

need another shooter to assist.


If you can't do this, then careful planning

is required. Find out times for key events,

decide what the main images for these

would be, and focus on grabbing highimpact

photos that capture the crux of

specific disciplines. The good news is that

with hundreds of kids, weekend warriors,

and racing snakes (not to mention party

animals!) on the loose, you will have no

end of subjects waiting to be snapped.

According to Bird, South Africa's ‘original

adventure festival’ will again take place

during early August. As the Kogelberg

Reserve is situated just outside Kleinmond,

this gathering is a must for adventure

junkies and outdoor enthusiasts. If you

need more info, dial into the fun on www.

adventurefestival.co.za.

imAGe 1: crOSS TrAininG

the action: Runners negotiate the coastal section of the

amazing trail run route that winds along the Kogelberg and

Kleinmond and back to the GRAV FEST event centre on

the Palmiet estuary.

the Shot: When shooting trail running, it is easy enough

to find breathtaking scenery, but these crosses offered the

opportunity to take a trail run pic with a difference.

the technique: I used remote flash firing off Pocket

Wizards, with one SB-910 behind the cross, and another

diagonally in front of the racer. Exposure was taken on the

sky.

The Specifications: 1/320th sec @ f8; Nikon D800 +

16 mm fisheye lens; ISO 100; WB Setting (Auto); AE

Setting (-1 EV).

more information: www.adventurefestival.co.za

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imAGe 2: wild, wild run

the action: Massive winter downpours in the

weeks leading up to Gravity Adventure Festival

meant the Palmiet was in full flow, much to the

delight of the white-water junkies.

the Shot: I was actually running (well, wheezing!)

up to the peak to shoot the rock rally, when this

long-lens view of the river popped into focus.

the technique: Breathe in, lock your elbows,

and squeeze the shutter ... easy enough.

The Specifications: 1/1,600th sec @ f5.6; Nikon

D800 + 80-400 mm lens; ISO 100; WB Setting

(Sunlight); no flash; AE Setting (0EV).

more information: www.mountainrunner.co.za

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imAGe 3: rOcked And rOllinG

the action: The Rock Rally, sponsored by Black Diamond,

rates as one of the most visual events to shoot at the GRAV

FEST, but you had better be ready for a solid hike up the

mountain.

the Shot: With so much happening on the various faces, I tried

to capture an overview of the action with one of my wide-angle

NIKON lenses.

the technique: A low angle and deeper depth of field allowed

me to capture a whole host of points of interest in this image.

The Specifications: 1/160th sec @ f11; Nikon D800 +

16-35 mm wide-angle zoom; ISO 100; WB Setting (Sunlight);

AE Setting (-1 EV); on-camera fill-in from SB-910 flash unit.

more information: www.merrell.co.za


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imAGe 4: runninG THe GAunTleT

the action: Craig Rivett puts his Fluid kayak through the

motions on Judgement Day, one of the most popular whitewater

rapids in the Western Cape.

the Shot: Speed begets speed … I do not often use a

motor-drive, but in a scenario like this, the split seconds

separating two shots may make or break the capture.

the technique: Read the line your subject will take, select

continuous focus and fire rapid bursts as and when the

action dictates.

The Specifications: 1/1,200th sec @ f5.6; Nikon D800 +

80-400 mm telephoto; ISO 100; WB Setting (Sunlight); AE

Setting (0 EV); no flash.

more information: www.jacquesmarais.co.za

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imAGe 4: THe river wild

the action: Swimmers take on the River Mile Swim down the

Palmiet, negotiating a couple of white-water rapids along the

way.

the Shot: I had quite a good idea where the action would

take place, but to get there I had to do some rock hopping into

midstream … make sure your camera DOESN’T go for a swim!

the technique: Don’t trust your auto-focus in the swirling

rapids; too many reflections may make you miss the shot, so

pre-focus on the area where you expect the action to happen.

The Specifications: 1/1,000th sec @ f5.6; Nikon D800 +

80-400 mm telephoto; ISO 100; WB Setting (Auto); AE Setting

(0 EV); no flash.

more information: www.nikon.co.za

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The winner will be announced in the January 2014 issue. The details of the grand prize will be announced on the

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when emailing your images to us please include the following information:

• Name of photographer

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FINANCIAL TIMES

JANUARY 2013


Whose RetiRement

is it AnyWAy?

nAtionAl tReAsuRy is on A seRious mission

to RefoRm the RetiRement enviRonment As

We knoW it, And A numbeR of discussions

hAve AlReAdy tAken plAce on this topic.

fRom the mAny RepoRts thAt hAve been

ReleAsed, i Will tRy to shed some light on

this complex issue And WhAt might come

ouR WAy.

The crux of the matter is that government is not happy

to bear the burden of carrying the working class after

retirement age (usually at 65), a problem that is growing

by the day. As a result, all the reports so far indicate that

we are in for some new laws that will ‘guide’ pensioners on

what and how they can invest their monies after retirement

age. What also comes out is that one of Treasury’s biggest

gripes is with Living Annuities. These are products that a

pensioner can invest their pension monies into, so that

they are able to receive a monthly income. It also gives

them the option to choose how much they want to invest

and what percentage income they would like to receive

from their investment capital amount on a monthly basis.

Currently, pensioners may choose anything between 2.5%

and 17.5%.

Treasury is of the opinion that the average citizen, who has

laboured hard and saved for 40-odd years, should not have

the option to choose the percentage income or how they

would like to invest their monies. One of the recommended

proposals is that pension monies be invested in a Trustee

Fund; this is a fund where the pensioner has no say

whatsoever over their monies and will only receive a set

percentage monthly income, which they have no control

over. This really concerns me because most government

funds or parastatals, such as Eskom and U.I.F, are in

trouble financially. So how can I be 100% sure where my

pension monies will end up and if it will be invested with

my best interests in mind? Furthermore, and the last time I

checked, we are still living in a democratic country, where

my free will does not only start and end with my vote, but

also gives me the right to decide where and how I spend

and invest my monies, which I have worked and saved for

over many years.

The issue here is that Treasury appears to be tackling

this problem from the wrong end. The majority of the

voices argue that pensioners should not be ‘guided’ after

retirement, but that government should rather do more for

their citizens during the years of contribution. It’s a wellknown

fact that 98% of South Africans won’t retire on

the same or even close to the same level of income as

their last pay check, which is mainly due to people not

saving enough during their years of contribution. So if you

incentivize and ‘guide’ people during their working years,

you will end up with more people being able to ‘afford’ to

retire.

In my opinion, one of the biggest culprits that contributes

to our government’s headache is Provident Fund Schemes,

which allow employees to draw their savings when

resigning. As is sadly too often the case, this money is

blown on frivolous things or great plans that they are sure

will help them to become financially independent. When

they get to 55, they realise that retirement is just around

the corner, and that they are totally unprepared. Statistics

vary, but the average person will change jobs at least five

to seven times in their working years. So if you are allowed

to withdraw your pension monies every time you move, it

will come as no surprise that you won't be able to retire.

Therefore, government needs to work hard at educating

and growing a culture where the working class understands

that pension monies are precisely that, only to be used

for their retirement. A tough approach during the years of

contribution will have a bigger and healthier ‘pay off’ than

taking people’s money after retirement and ‘investing’ it on

their behalf to generate a monthly income.

My final thought on this matter, and without trying to be

unfair to anyone, is that when government moves fast on

any legislation, as it is on this controversial topic, history

has shown that it ends up in a mess. I can only hope that

history is rewritten in this case, and the final outcome is

one that will help rather than hinder our already struggling

working class, and ultimately our pensioners.

èrelated articles:

• Beware the Buyer (Issue 19, p. 136)

• The Importance of a Will (Issue 18, p. 132)

• Is a Trust for You? (Issue 17, p. 126)

www.doitnow.co.za | Lifestyle • 99


inDULGE: Words by Neil ross, Executive Chef

SERvES 4

GINGERED CHICkEN PaTTIES

THIS IS a vERy SIMPlE RECIPE fOR a quICk aND TaSTy MID-wEEk MEal.

INGREDIENTS:

3 garlic cloves, chopped

thumb sized fresh ginger, roughly

chopped

4 spring onions, roughly chopped

4 skinless chicken thighs and 2 skinless

breasts, cut into large chunks

½ a small bunch coriander, chopped

2-3 tablespoons fish sauce

3 tablespoons sunflower oil

300g/11oz egg noodles

250g pack of stir-fry vegetables

½ tablespoon soy sauce

Sweet chili sauce, to serve

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METHOD:

1. Put the garlic, ginger and spring onions into a food processor and

pulse until finely chopped. Add the chicken, coriander, fish sauce

and seasoning, and pulse again until well combined. Use wet

hands to shape the mixture into 12 patties.

2. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and cook the noodles

as per the pack instructions. Drain the noodles.

3. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large pan and fry the patties for

4 minutes on each side until cooked through. Remove from the

pan, cover and keep warm.

4. Heat the remaining oil in the pan and add the vegetables. Cook

over a high heat for 2 to 3 minutes, then add the noodles and soy

sauce. Stir-fry for a few minutes to heat everything through. Serve

the noodles and chicken patties with chili sauce.


SERvES 6-8

lEMON PIE

THIS zESTy lEMON PIE,

wITH ITS zINGy fIllING,

IS SO EaSy aND DElICIOuS

TO MakE aND IT wON’T

DISaPPOINT.

INGREDIENTS:

For tHe doUgH:

250g flour

125g softened butter, broken into pieces

75g granulated sugar

1 egg

For tHe Filling:

100g softened butter, broken into pieces

125g granulated sugar

3 eggs

60ml crème fraîche or thick cream

Juice of 3 lemons

Finely grated zest of 3 lemons

METHOD:

to make the dough:

• Place the flour, butter, sugar and egg in a large mixing bowl. Use your

fingers to pinch the ingredients together, working quickly, until a ball of

dough is formed.

• Place it on a lightly floured table or plate, cover and leave for 1 hour

before baking.

• Preheat the oven to 200°C.

• Lightly butter and flour a 24cm pie pan, then roll the dough out into a

thin sheet and line the pan. Cut off any excess dough from around the

edges and prick the bottom in several places with the prongs of a fork.

• Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the dough; it should be

large enough to cover the bottom and sides of the dough and stick up

above the edges of the pan. Press the paper well against the dough,

lining the sides of the pan, then fill the pan with uncooked rice, beans or

lentils.

• Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven

and lower the temperature to 160°C.

• Carefully lift out the paper containing the rice or beans (discard or reuse

the bean/rice).

to make the filling:

• First beat the butter and sugar together, and then beat in the eggs and

cream. Finally add the lemon juice and zest.

• Pour the filling into the pie pan, place it back in the oven and bake for

40 to 50 minutes or until the filling and crust have begun to brown.

• Allow to cool completely, then chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours before

serving.

Bon appétit!

èrelated articles:

• Classic Kentish Gypsy Tart and Lemon Garlic Steamed Mussels (Issue 14, p. 112)

• Boere Prego & Beer Bread (Issue 3, p. 96)

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inTERTAINMENT: Reviews by www.fortressofsolitude.co.za

MOVIE TITLE

SKYFALL

director: Sam Mendes

Starring: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench,

Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes

MOVIE TITLE

LOOPER

director: Rian Johnson

Starring: Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels and

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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HIGHLIGHTS

• Great direction, a great villan and great performances

recommended for: Bond fans

VERDICT

The plot is a lot simpler than it makes itself out to be. An unknown traitor steals the

names of all MI6’s agents and kills them all. Bond also gets shot during pursuit, but

after spending time recovering and becoming an alcoholic he returns. Despite failing

a few aptitude tests, boss M reinstates him out of pure desperation. Racing against

time, Bond needs to regain his skills and track down the mastermind behind all the

chaos before it’s too late.

With Skyfall it’s so easy to forget that you’re watching a James Bond film. Had it not

been for the familiarities – the Aston Martin and Monty Norman’s guitar theme from

Dr. No – this film could easily separate itself from the series. Traditional fans won’t

be delighted by all the changes, but braver viewers will find the experience more

than rewarding. If there is criticism to be levelled against Skyfall, it’s the less than

impressive title sequence, the Adele theme song and the lack of screen time awarded

to the remarkable Bardem. A few forgiveable cheesy one-liners also show up here

and there, breaking away from the film’s serious tone for a laugh or two.

The new 007 adventure reaches for the sky and soars above many of its predecessors.

Polished, well paced and extremely entertaining, Skyfall is well-worth watching, renting,

owning and adding to your collection.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Acting by both Willis and Gordon-Levitt

recommended for: Action / Sci Fi fans

VERDICT

Possibly billed incorrectly as purely an action film, Looper probably works better as a

sci-fi detective drama that avoids many of the usual clichés in exchange for an original

story (remember those?). Think Terminator. Think Back to the Future. Think 12 Monkeys.

Think Blade Runner. Think Inception. Think of them all combined and you’d get a peephole

glimpse into the world of Looper, a guaranteed future cult hit that could easily fit

into Christopher Nolan’s catalogue. The head-scratching Looper, which manages to sell

the idea of time travel without making us roll our eyes at the implausibility, has the right

combination for a winning formula - a great script, great direction, great performances

and great visuals. If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ll already know all there is to know about

the clever set-up.

In 2074, the mob disposes of its enemies by sending them back in time to the year 2044,

where hired hit men, dubbed loopers, wait to assassinate them. Gordon-Levitt plays Joe,

a successful looper thriving in the criminal underground, armed with wit, charm and a

retro-looking blunderbuss. Joe, who is incredibly low on morale, spends his time in bars

doing drugs and sleeping with prostitutes. His life of leisure is suddenly interrupted when

his future self appears at an assassination point. Old Joe, played by Bruce Willis at his

action-hero best, cleverly outsmarts him, knocking him out cold and venturing off on a

dark mission to save his future wife. A game of cat and mouse ensues, punctuated by

narrow escapes, shoot-outs and sharp dialogue, as Joe tracks down his older self.


GAME TITLE

HALO 4

CD TITLE

ASSASSIN’S CREED III

In the distant year of 2007, upon saving the world from the Covenant and Flood alien

menaces, UNSC Petty Officer Sierra 117 Master Chief was alone on the derelict

spaceship, Forward Unto Dawn. He walked into a cryo-chamber and said to his AI

companion Cortana: “Wake me when they need me.” This signalled the end of an

era in shooter games, the climax of the Halo trilogy. Many were sad to see it go, but

understood that the story it had told was complete; its enemies were defeated. However,

a mere five years later, with a new studio at the helm, the Saga of Halo continues; with a

new numbered entry that no one would certainly reject, but not many people especially

asked for either. It would perhaps have been a little more dramatic if we hadn’t had a

Halo game released each year for the last three years either.

Every now and again, something happens to a video game developer that they could only

dream of previously. A product they release becomes so successful, so phenomenally

acclaimed for its concept that it sets the stage to become a cross-media franchise of

truly biblical proportions. For Ubisoft in 2007, this game was Assassin’s Creed. Skip

ahead five years later, and with the release of Assassin’s Creed III (actually the fifth main

series entry, and the twelth if including side games) this particular arc has come to an

end. While it may not be the end for the franchise, it is the end of the story for many of

the characters we have been introduced to over the years.

Assassin’s Creed III is definitely a good game, a great game even, I certainly thought so.

It has a lot of playtime-for-money, and a variety of gameplay activities to keep you going.

Definitely worth a buy for fans, and worth a look for newcomers as well.

INTERTAINMENT TO LOOK OUT FOR

Playing For keePS

genre: Romantic Comedy

director: Gabriele Muccino

Starring: Gerard Butler,

Jessica Biel, and

Dennis Quaid

date: 4 Jan 2013

FligHt

genre: Drama

director: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Denzel Washington,

Carter Cabassa, and

Nadine Velazquez

date: 25 Jan 2013

by richard flamengo

wreCk-it ralPH

genre: Animated (3D)

director: Rich Moore

Starring: Jack McBrayer,

Jane Lynch, and

John C. Reilly

date: 12 Jan 2013

lawleSS

genre: Drama, Crime

director: John Hillcoat

Starring: Shia LaBeouf,

Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman,

and Mia Wasikowska

date: 25 Jan 2013

VERDICT

VERDICT

dJango UnCHained

genre: Drama

director: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Don Johnson,

Leonardo DiCaprio

and Jamie Foxx

date: 18 Jan 2013

argo

genre: Drama, Thriller

director: Ben Affleck

Starring: Ben Affleck,

Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin,

and John Goodman

date: 1 Feb 2013

www.doitnow.co.za | Lifestyle • 103


inREVIEW:

Words & Photos: francois Steyn - drivethis.wordpress.com

bmW m6 conveRtible,

toyota foRtuneR 2.5 d-4d vnt RaiSed

body & chevRolet Sonic hatch 1.3d lS

bmW m6 conveRtible

BMW is famous for its world-beating powerplants, with the 330i’s

straight six having won engine of the year six years in a row. The

4.4-litre M TwinPower Turbo 8-cylinder petrol engine, with two

twinscroll turbo chargers, is combined with Valvetronic, double

VANOS and High Precision Injection to make it another superb

example of German engineering at its best. Delivering 415 kW

(that’s 40 more than the Jag XKR and 20 more than Merc’s

SL63 AMG) and 680 Nm of torque from as low as 1,500 revs

per minute, you’ll see a 100 from standstill in 4.3 seconds. Top

speed is limited to 250 km/h, but the speedo is marked all the

way to 330 to hint at its capabilities were it not for a gentlemen’s

agreement. To give you an idea, the S-version of the XKR is

limited to 300 km/h, but has the same torque as the M6 and

10 kW less power. Pure madness, but is it drivable?

Getting in, you’re surrounded by two-tone leather: light grey

seats and centre console, with a black dash, steering wheel, and

pillar posts. There’s brushed aluminium and ample carbon fibre

too, but no teak decking, thank goodness! Pressing the Start

button rewards you with a burble of burnt fuel from the quartet of

pipes at the rear. Each time you switch off the engine, the threeway

settings for steering, suspension, gearshifts, and engine

power all turn to the default 'tame' setting. This makes the M6

as drivable and comfortable as any 5-series saloon. Fiddle with

the aforementioned buttons next to the gear lever and you can

customise the car to your liking. For pre-set M settings, there

are two buttons on the multifunction (heatable and electrically

adjustable) steering wheel. M1 turns all the settings to Sport

and M2, and after asking for confirmation switches all to

Sport+ and deactivates the traction control. Beware though, as

the drivetrain has no problem with braking traction on dry tar,

even with the optional 20-inch wheels that boast 295 section

rubber at the rear. Luckily, when traction control is engaged, the

power is immediately cut. It really is impossible to fully enjoy the

acceleration of the M6 as you’ll be doing jail time before you hit

third gear if you keep your foot glued to the floor.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

I drove the less-attractive convertible, but don’t get

me wrong because it is still a stunner. It's just that

the coupé has a much more balanced look. The soft

top can be opened electronically while driving slowly,

and takes less than a minute to fold away. Once the

top is down you can share the high-quality sounds

emanating from the optional Bang & Olufsen surround

sound system. There’s a six disc DVD changer in the

cubby hole and you can connect your devices via

Bluetooth or USB. The optional M multifunction seats

include electric adjustment of the upper section of

the backrest, backrest width, thighrest and headrest

height for both passenger and driver. It can be heated

or cooled, and in our test car we had the optional

massage function for both front occupants. It’s quite

an awkward, though not unpleasant, feeling as one

butt cheek lifts and then the other.

The safety features are too many to mention, but

some of the novel ones include Lane Departure

Warning, Roll-over Protection for the convertible and

a Head-up Display as standard. Optional extras are

BMW Night Vision with object recognition and Lane

Change Warning. It also has ISOFIX child seat anchors

in the rear seats, which are also suitable for adults.

i would love to have tested this car on

a track or runway, but on the road it

corners flat, brakes on demand with

excellent feel, and accelerates like a

4th of July firecracker. for just shy of

R1.5 million it is good value compared

to more expensive (but no quicker)

supercars that do not come with a

comprehensive five year, 100,000 km

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toyota foRtuneR 2.5

d-4d vnt RaiSed body

Toyota has once again followed the pizza approach with their model range

design. Let me explain. On any pizza menu there are always a couple of

near-perfect combinations, save for one or two missing toppings (usually

pineapple). The reason they do this is so that one perfect pizza does

not cannibalise the sales of all the other great options. In the Fortuner

range, there’s no doubt in my mind that a 4x4 version of the 2.5 D-4D

would have topped the charts. Sadly though, that delicious option is not

available. However, the 2.5 D-4D delivers 106 kW, only 14 less than the

3-litre, and the same amount of torque, albeit with a slightly narrower

rev range. At 150 km/h it’s not out of breath and it has ABS, EBD, BAS,

airbags, front- and rear fog lamps, and even Vehicle Stability Control.

It's also lighter on fuel than the 3.0 D-4D, and on a fully-laden trip to

Sutherland it averaged 8.5 l/100 km. The fuel tank takes 80 litres, which

meant that if we were careful we could have covered the nearly 1,000 km

trip on one tank.

We drove through the tankwa karoo national park

and the fortuner proved very comfortable over the

rough corrugations. the stability control warning

light did flash once or twice when a dip in the road

surprised me, but it did not feel unsafe at all. The high

profile bakkie tyres and full size spare wheel gave me peace of mind as

I’ve had a flat there once in a SUV with an emergency spare. The layout

inside is versatile, with a 60:40 split for the second row of seats and a

50:50 split for the foldable third row. There is air-conditioned ventilation

at the rear as well, so everyone stays comfortable on long journeys.

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The interior of the 2.5 D-4D is toned down

compared to the high-end 3-litre and does

not have park assist or automatic cruise

control. It does have auto levelling halogen

headlamps as standard features though. For

most families this entry-level Fortuner is the

perfect vehicle, and if I was in the market for

a new car this would be on my shortlist. My

only concern is that if you, like my wife and

I, enjoy exploring remote and wild locations

without backup, you really do need 4x4

with low range for the 2% of roads that are

impassable. The 2.5 does, however, have an

electronic diff-lock to get you out of the other

98% of awkward situations.

chevRolet

Sonic hatch

1.3d lS

At arm’s length, the Sonic Hatch may not

stand out in the crowded hatchback segment,

but upon closer inspection there are a few

welcome surprises. Firstly, the funky, gamelike

instrumentation works well and is not

overdone or cheap looking. Secondly, the

little 1.3-litre oil burner pushes out a healthy

70 kW of power and 210 Nm of torque,

while sipping diesel like a teetotaller. During

our week with the Sonic we averaged

5.5 l/100km without trying to break any

economy run records.


Although it’s not a hot hatch, it does inspire a sense of driving

pleasure through a combination of its positive feel six-speed

gearbox, the perfectly shaped steering wheel, and large

analogue rev counter mounted on the steering column. The latter is

complemented by an LCD screen that shows your speed in bright

blue digital numbers, as well as range left, fuel consumption, and

trip distance, to name but a few features. On the multifunction

steering wheel you will also find the cruise control, audio buttons,

and hands-free operation of your cell phone. Even with its funky

theme, the interior won't be outclassed by a Polo or Yaris.

On the safety side it has ABS with EBD, as well as driver-,

passenger- and frontside airbags. The 460-litre fuel tank is good

for 800 km on the open road and the boot can be expanded

bmw m6 Convertible toyota Fortuner 2.5 4x2 Chevrolet Sonic 1.3d lS

Capacity (cc) 4,395 2,494 1,248

Power (kW) 412 (6,000 - 7,000 rpm) 106 (3,400 rpm) 70 (4,000 rpm)

Torque (Nm) 680 (1,500 - 5,750 rpm) 343 (1,600 - 2,800 rpm) 210 (1,750 - 2,500 rpm)

0 - 100 km/h acceleration (sec) 4.3 N/a 11.7

Top speed (km/h) 250 (limited) 175 174

Fuel consumption (actual) 14.1 l/100 km 8.5 l/100 km 5.6 l/100 km

Gearbox 7-speed M-Double Clutch 5-speed manual 6-speed manual

Front tyres 265/35 ZR20 265/65 R17 195/65 R15

Rear tyres 295/30 ZR20 265/65 R17 195/65 R15

Service plan (years/km) 5 / 100,000 5 / 90,000 3 / 60,000

Base price R1 485 500 R338 600 R184 400

Optional extras (+/-) R218 750

Price as tested R1 704 250

from 290 to 653-litres when the seats are folded.

Included in the R184 400 price tag is a three year /

60,000 km service plan. •

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Lumina SSV Ute, Toyota Avanza vs. Nissan

Livina (Issue 19, p.138)

• In Review: Finding your Perfect Companion

- Mitsubishi, Isuzu & Harley-Davidson

(Digital article, September ’12)

• In Review: Amarok, Nissan & Volvo

Be Pleasantly Surprised! (Issue 16, p. 112)

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Quote: “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” - george bernard Shaw

don't miss these and many other great articles in the February 2013 issue of do it now magazine.

THE COMPETITIVENESS

OF ORIENTEERING

Just as rugby dominates in South

Africa but lacks popularity in, say,

Costa Rica, so it is with the sport

of orienteering. Participation here is

small, but in Scandinavian countries

entries at major events exceed that

of Comrades Marathon numbers,

and supporters at home sit glued

to their flat screens watching

live broadcasts of the events or

following GPS tracking of runners

online.

On the lighter Side

TAKING ON THE

WORLD’S LONGEST

OCEAN RACE

Nick Barclay, 31, from Cape

Town decided to swop his highflying

career in marketing for the

challenge of competing in the

world’s longest ocean race. With

no previous sailing experience,

but with a love of adventure,

Nick describes how the Clipper

2011-12 Round the World Yacht

Race brought him back to life.

Larry was a photographer for the N.Y. Times, and was scheduled to meet a plane on the runway to take him on a job.

“Hit it,” said Larry climbing into the first plane he saw on the runway. The pilot took off and was soon in the air. “OK,”

said Larry, “fly low over the trees over there, I want to take a few pictures.” “What do you mean?” asked the pilot.

Larry looked at the pilot and answered a little annoyed, “I need to take some pictures for the N.Y. Times, so please …”

There was a long pause, before the pilot asked in a shaky voice, “You mean you’re not my instructor?”

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THE GREAT MAKGADIKGADI

PANS MOUNTAIN BIKE

ADVENTURE

The dry and dusty Makgadikgadi

Pans of Botswana are one of the

most inhospitable yet beautiful places

on the planet earth. Why though

would anybody want to drive there

in a Mercedes-Benz ML500 before

cycling 150 km across them? Patrick

Cruywagen searches for the answers.

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The Evil Eye halfrim design the durable, flexible SPX material

make the eyewear extremely light and ideal companion on any

tour. It is designed for the demands of both mountain biking on

rugged trails and arduous road racing. The eyewear can also be

individually adjusted to ensure an ideal fit.


TRAIL

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The legendary trail-riding performance of Trance X just

got a boost. Everything you love about the original—

handcrafted ALUXX SL aluminum frame, trail-taming

Maestro Suspension and stable geometry—re-engineered

for 29-inch wheels. Smoother, faster and always in control.

Learn more at giant-bicycles.com/TranceX29er

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