Eric Clarke made his first Surf Ski in 1967 and his inaugural expedition down the Umsindusi and Umgeni Rivers in 1968, which cemented a passion for river paddling.
He made his first canoe, an Accord in 1970, which had a canvas deck and wooden struts and was made from a mould that was hired for R2.00.
Eric and Graeme Pope-Ellis partnered the same year in that Accord and finished third on their debut Dusi Canoe Marathon. Eric and the “Pope” went on to win the next three Dusi’s in a row.
Eric had a natural talent for designing and hand moulding paddling craft and decided to make his passion, his career and 42 years on Eric and his son Gary, also and experienced paddler, are still producing top quality handmade craft.
Eric’s Canoes was one of the first companies to manufacture a fishing ski in 1987, which revolutionized kayak fishing and played a major part in getting the sport to where it is today.
Eric’s Canoes Continue to hand make and custom design K1 and K2’s as well as fishing and surf ski’s which now fall under the Clarke Ski range.
We are constantly developing craft and invite you to take a look at some of our work.
Eric’s Canoes is owned and run by Gary Clarke who has completed 26 Dusi Marathon’s and has extensive knowledge in the paddling industry.
Phone or pop in and he will be only too happy to provide you with professional kayaking and canoeing advice.