Non-Stop Dusi attracting a strong field in 2022

As the late summer rains leave the rivers throughout KwaZulu-Natal running full, the 2022 Gresham Wealth Non-Stop Dusi will guarantee favourable conditions for those tackling the famous ‘Dusi in a Day’ on Friday 11 March.

The race has become synonymous with adventure racers and Dusi paddlers that feel they have enough in the tank after last month’s three-day race to tackle the 110km route from Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg to Blue Lagoon in Durban in one day.

This year’s entry is another strong one with paddlers taking advantage of the good water levels that have come with this summer’s rains as they paddle and portage their way to the coast in arguably paddling’s most demanding one day event.

Two-time defending champions Thabani Msia and Msawenkosi Mtolo will be back to defend their crown this year. Mtolo finished second at the MyLife Dusi with the experienced Thulani Mbanjwa while Msia finished seventeenth.

Having confirmed that he will be racing this year, Euro Steel’s Sbonelo Khwela will go into it as the man to beat having won this event an unprecedented nine times; however he won’t be without competition from the plethora of CitiBank Change a Life Academy stars that also perform well that the Non-Stop.

Khwela will team up with a former partner Banetse Nkhoesa, a partner that he has finished on the podium at the MyLife Dusi Canoe Marathon with and they will be a difficult pair to beat, however there are a number of other boats out to claim the overall honours.

2021’s women’s champion Jordan Peek, who finished as the runner-up at this year’s MyLife Dusi, will be back but will be in a mixed double with Cliffton Bridge.

There will be 35 boats on the start-line on Friday morning with 64 paddlers ready to make the journey to Durban. K2’s dominate the entry list with 29 K2’s while there will be six K1 paddlers braving the route on their own.