Amongst the 60 paddlers participating in the fourth Peninsula Paddle was extreme adventurer Riaan Manser. The paddlers started the 27 kilometre journey at Zandvlei during the early hours of Sunday morning on the 9th of June 2013.
Four visionary individuals, Thomas Cousins, Kevin Winter, Alistair Lee and Trevor Johnston pioneered the Peninsula Paddle on the 23rd of May 2010. The idea behind the event is to raise awareness about the major social and environmental concerns that affect Cape Town’s waterways, to highlight the need for rehabilitation, and to encourage communities to change the way in which waterways are utilized. The event coincides with World Environmental Week. In 2012, 23 paddlers participated in the event and were accompanied on the final leg of the paddle by endurance swimmer, maritime lawyer and environmental campaigner, Lewis Pugh, also known as the Human Polar Bear. This year, adventurer Riaan Manser joined the 60 paddlers and was a real inspiration to the participants. The event was sponsored by ABAX Investments, Bulk SMS and Friends of the Liesbeek.
The 27 kilometer route starts at Zandvlei and winds through the intricate network of waterways stretching from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean and ends at the Milnerton Canoe Club. A team from the City’s Invasive Species Unit joined the paddlers to support the Peninsula Paddle, to raise awareness about the threat posed by invasive species to the city’s natural heritage and to give tribute to the river wardens for their hard work.