St. Landry

Oct 7, 2011 1:57 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Hundreds Paddling Down the Bayou Teche


The second annual Tour De Teche kayak and canoe race is happening right now in Acadiana. Many of the racers traveled across the country to take part in the 135 mile long event.

Tave Lamperez lives in Illinois now, but he's a New Iberia native and has had a life-long passion for canoeing.

He said, "I love being outdoors, any kind of aquatic activity."

Eighty four teams are taking part in the three day adventure, which will end in Berwick.
Austin resident, Mike Gordon, travels all over the country racing his kayak, but he says the water in the Bayou Teche is a bit different then other bodies of water.

He said, "there's no hard flow, so it's not as much as a technical race. It's more of an endurance race and a strategy race."

Last year, the racers spent three straight days in the water, but this year it's a little bit different. They'll actually by making stops in towns along the Bayou Teche which will give the racers time to rest up and enjoy the Cajun culture.

Illinois resident, Wally Werderich, said "its fun because it spreads the race out over a longer period of time. It gives us a longer period of time to interact with the area that we are at."

Werderich makes these kinds of races a family affair.. His mom and dad traveled with him to help his team stay on course.

Anita Werderich said, "wade in the water and hand them another peanut butter sandwich, and more Gatorade and along they go."

The teams who finish in the lead will split 16 thousand dollars in prize money. You can visit www.techeproject.com for more information.

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