The Unlimited Dusi 2013 will showcase a star studded line-up of South African celebrities with the announcement that East Coast Radio DJ Damon Beard has signed up to paddle the gruelling three-day canoe marathon in the colours of The Unlimited.
Adding his name to an already illustrious field, Beard will be joining fellow radio jocks Unathi Msengana of Metro FM and Idols fame, 5FM sports presenter Sias du Plessis and Liezel van der Westhuizen of Kfm. The four will be battling it out over the three-day race to see who really is the top jock when it comes to tackling the greatest canoe marathon in Africa!
Beard is a household name in Funsunzi Province having worked as a DJ for ECR for over 20 years! Currently he presents the weekday afternoon drivetime show together with the rest of the Drive Team. An avid fan of all things KZN and Durban, Beard says the opportunity to paddle The Unlimited Dusi is a prospect he just couldn’t pass up.
“I like to set new goals for myself every year and I’ve got a bucket list of things that I want to do on my fridge. One of these is to complete The Unlimited Dusi so I jumped at the opportunity as I just love a challenge. The fact that I’ll be partnering with Trenton Lamble who is a great paddler just adds to the adventure,” says Beard.
The Unlimited Dusi will not be Beard’s first time in a canoe. He has dabbled in the sport in the past but has only ever participated in short distance dices at The Kingfisher Canoe Club in Durban. “Paddling is a KZN thing. With our fantastic weather (most of the time anyway) it’s just a great fit with the Durban lifestyle.”
Whilst Beard is in great shape as he regularly does boxing and mixed martial arts, he is taking the race between the jocks very seriously and has already embarked on a rigorous training schedule for The Unlimited Dusi.
“I’m finding out that being fit and being paddling fit are two completely different things. Trenton and I meet five mornings a week and we are alternating between paddling and sessions in the gym. We will be adding running to the mix in January. I am absolutely astounded at the level of commitment that this sport demands – getting fit for The Unlimited Dusi takes endurance to a whole new level,” Beard says.
During the run-up to the event in February 2013, Beard will be participating in a number of canoeing races. “This is going to be the real acid test of my fitness but it will also be the first time that I get to battle it out against the other jocks. This is the second Dusi for Sias and Liezel so they’ve got experience as a drawcard and Unathi is just giving it her all. But I am quietly confident that I’m going to show them that KZN is tops!”
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Radio DJ gets in some weight training for The Unlimited Dusi 2013. Helping him out are Dusi Floozies Ursula Brown (left) and Rebecca Coetzee