When an old sculling oarsman takes to whitewater the results could be startling. For better or for worse, Simon Barber (aka Mr Brand South Africa, Washington USA) took time off his onerous country reputation management duties to turn his hand to oarboating on the Vaal River. He managed his own rowing reputation pretty well. The day was hot, the river very low, and the wind in our faces nearly made us cry. But Simon managed it all with aplomb and rowed to the bitter end, only cursing a few times as hidden rocks or gusts of wind stopped his progress. We've included a clip of the Vaal at high water a year ago to show what this river can really be like... Send us more like Simon! Graeme (+27) 84 245 2490