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Unfit kayak forces Davao paddler to quit

Unfit kayak forces Davao paddler to quit

Arnel Gabutero is one paddler who knows when to attack and when to retreat.

On Monday, the 36-year old Davawenyo took the hard decision of foregoing his date with immortality and vowed his paddle can wait another journey.

“Mahirap tanggapin Neil pero hanggang dito na lang yata ang kakayanin ng kayak ko. Kakausapin ko ang team mamaya,” the 36-year old Gabutero told this writer shortly after the press conference welcoming the RP-Singapore Friendship Kayak Expedition team in their first major stop of the 100-day journey across Philippine waters.

The three-man team is composed of Gabutero, world-renowned adventurer Swee Chow Khoo of Singapore, Buzzy Budlong of Cebu which set sail eight days ago in Gumasa in Glan, South Cotabato. They are poised to cover 3,300 kilometers on kayak, the first ever in that distance in the world.

“Tutuloy pa rin sila, ako lang ang mawawala,” Arnel disclosed, obviously disappointed not being able to find a sponsor for a touring standard kayak. He used a green-painted slim fiberglass racing standard kayak more suitable for flat water.

“Hindi talaga pang touring. Di kakayanin ang high waters. Made-delay lang ang team. I have to make the sacrifice,” he said as his wife Beth consoled him.

His teammates accepted his decision and wished him luck in the future. “We are proud of him. It was a great sacrifice on his part.”

Compared to Arnel, his teammates were far better equipped. The Singapore-based Swee, aside from having accomplished the Summit Grand Slam composed of the world’s top seven peaks inside one year, submerged himself in a water tank for 9 days in a Singapore mall and skated for 94 days, uses a kevlar touring kayak complete with navigational gear.

Buzzy also has the same touring kayak whch he named Alcyone, hs daughter’s name from the mythical “Queen that wards off the storms.”

The team navigates with some of the most advanced equipment. They have a tracking equipment called Spot Beacon which tracks their actual position every 10 minutes, a GPS, mobile phones and laptops. Swee goes blogging after every stage of the expedition at the team’s website http://www.friendshipkayak.com and at Facebook.

They have thus far covered 266.8 kilometers in 8 days. From Davao, the team proceeded to Davao Oriental before heading towards Surigao. These two legs of the expedition promises to have dreaded high waters and rough tides.(pr)

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RDR Cup Adventure Group Race set

RDR Cup Adventure Group Race set

By Neil Bravo

DAVAO DEL NORTE—Brace yourselves for this one.

In one of its boldest moves so far in constructing the roadwork towards establishing itself as the country’s sports capital, Davao del Norte ventures into the exciting extreme sports with the staging of the first ever Governor RDR Cup Island to Highland Adventure Group Race on August 31, 2008.

No less than the province’s most popular son in extreme sports—Erwin “Pastor” Emata—the second Filipino to conquer Mt. Everest, laid down his expertise in conceiving a course with deceiving challenges and set amidst a backdrop of picturesque seascape and treacherous landscapes.

The race will be fired off Massed Start in the Island Garden City of Samal, barrelling down to Babak Port where they take on a special event and the first obstacle—the bancathon—all the way to scenic Vanishing Island. From there, the entourage will be ferried to Panabo City where they will be fired off in their mountain bikes according to pole position and time difference. The trek will pass through four towns–Carmen, Sto. Tomas, Kapalong and Asuncion—all going through assortment of stages including biking, running and scootering.

From Asuncion, the participants wrap up the race through Tagum City with a bevy of challenges before heading to the finish line at the Provincial Capitol.

“It is going to be a fun-filled race. Not too hard but not too easy. Just the right mix of fun and adventure,” Emata said after sampling the course himself in six hours last Tuesday.

It could be faster than six hours, depending on the weather on Sunday and the special events, Emata added.

A whopping P30,000 will go to the winner of the three-man event. The second placer gets P20,000 and the third will take home P10,000. Fourth to tenth finishers will pocket P3,000 each.

The race is organized under the Agenda for Games and Recreation: Kabataan Ilayo sa Drugs (AGR KIDS) of the Provincial Sports Development Program headed by Provincial Sports Coordinator Anthony G. Del Rosario.

The Province of Davao del Norte, under the leadership of Governor Rodolfo P. Del Rosario, is being groomed to become the country’s emerging sports capital.

Team Davao thanks sponsors, to prepare early

Team Davao members, winner of the Carrera Habagat Bucas Grande-Siargao Island Traverse last October 22 to 26, thanked their sponsors for being instrumental to their victory.
The squad expressed appreciation to Maricel Sambo who volunteered to drive them from Davao to Surigao for six hours using her own Isuzu Crosswind and team backers included Wendel Adlao of Pixmaker, Edge Outdoor, Higher Ground, Councilors April Marie Dayap, Leo Avila and Edgar Ibuyan, Mulatto, Justine Marie del Rosario, Bagani Evasco, Neko del Rosario, Anthea Kuehnel and Triathlon Association of Davao President Marites del Rosario.
Team captain Paulo Dino Ouano said that they will start preparing early to defend their title that includes preparation of their logistics.
“We have a hard time finding sponsors, so we will prepare early,” said Ouano on Tuesday night’s victory party at the Banca ni Kuya Ed Restaurant in Lanang.
Team Davao finished the four-day race in just three days, beating defending champion Cebu.
“When we arrived there in Surigao, we were the underdogs but we did not relax,” said team member Jeffer Jatico.
Leslie Herrero, the 18-year-old former member of the Philippine Canoe-Kayak Team, capitalized on her experience and contributed a lot to the victory.
Keith James Argones said the victory surprised the other teams but cited that they studied well their map and the game plan worked.
Ouano said he intends to keep the same team when they defending their title next year. The other squad members were Arvi Kane Abejuela and Eric John Luna.

Team Davao flashes victory no.1.(Photo courtesy of Davao Sportswriters Association)