Welcome to

Border Canoe Club

The home of paddling in the Border region


We compete in sprints, surfski, river, marathon canoeing and guppies.


Sprint paddling is all about speed, countless hours are spent not only training but also to make movements more efficient to enable the boat to move faster through the water.


Surfski’s are sit on top kayaks designed to be used in the sea.  Originally designed as lifesaving equipment to reach swimmers in distress quickly,  the sport has progressed to the exciting sport it  is now.


River racing is a unique aspect to canoeing, it throws paddlers into a world where canoeing and adventure racing almost combine.

Marathon canoeing

Flatwater marathon racing is a highly tactical discipline that takes place in a lap format, with a portage at the end of every lap. The laps are typically about 4.8km and the portages are roughly 200m.


Guppies are k1’s designed for children 12 years old or younger and have a big following in South Africa. These boats are raced at inter schools, inter club and interprovincial competitions in both the sprint and marathon categories.

Our races

Pete Marlin

The race is generally a 22km course from Yellow Sands, East of East London, to the Nahoon or Orient beach subject to weather conditions.

Discovery Challenge

The race begins at one of the Eastern Cape’s famous surfing spots, affectionately known as “Yellows”, nestled at the mouth of the Kwelera River.

PE2EL Surfski Challenge

A race that will test even the best of surfski paddlers. It start in Port Elizabeth and finishes in East London and is 250 km’s over 4 days.

BCC Winter Series

Border canoe clubs very own winter series consists of a number of stages with paddlers fighting to take home the title in singles and doubles.

BCC Summer Series

Border canoe clubs hosts paddlers at Orient Beach in a 8 race series consisting of both singles and double races on alternative weeks

Clippety clop

Paddlers take part in either the guppies, short course or long course event in the Kwelera river at the Clippety Clop Private Reserve.

Chalumna challenge

Chalumna challenge

Flat water race on the beautiful Chalumna river just outside of East London. Guppies, short course and long course.


Border Canoe Club is situated along the banks of the Nahoon River and boasts some beautiful views at sunset. Our facilities are available for hire and are a perfect choice for small to medium functions.

Investec Weekly time trials

The heart of the Border canoe club is our weekly time trials. From world class athletes to beginner paddlers, no matter your level, it always brings out your competitive spirit and is enjoyed by all. Join us every Wednesday evening at 17:30.

Border Canoe Club time trials
Border canoe club
Border canoe club
Border Canoe Club time trials