So much to do at the Amanzi Fes­ti­val

Talk of the Town - - Sport - ROB KNOWLES

THE ex­cite­ment is grow­ing as the time rapidly ap­proaches the start of the Amanzi Fes­ti­val, spon­sored by the Royal St An­drews Ho­tel, as it takes on the chal­lenge of be­com­ing the premier wa­ter sports event in the East­ern Cape and, in the fu­ture, in the coun­try.

The Amanzi Fes­ti­val will run across the Easter Week­end and right through un­til the fol­low­ing week­end, from Fri­day March 30 to Sun­day April 8, and will in­clude the best in wa­ter sports and an in­ter­na­tional con­tin­gent of com­pet­ing ath­letes, as well as a trail run, a swim, lots of craft stalls, kid­dies’ en­ter­tain­ment and a whole lot more.

En­tries are now open for par­tic­i­pants in both the 8km Trail Run and the Ma­rina Mile Open Wa­ter Swim, both events herald­ing the start of the 2018 Amanzi Fes­ti­val. Please see for reg­is­tra­tion in th­ese two events or for more in­for­ma­tion on what is hap­pen­ing at the fes­ti­val. En­try forms can be down­loaded from the Sun­shine Coast Tourism web­site (

). The or­gan­is­ers are also look­ing for crafters to take part in this pres­ti­gious event.

So, the more than a week-long fes­ti­val is get­ting it­self into shape and, if you would like to at­tend, here is the pro­gramme:

Fri­day March 30, from 7.30am is the 8km trail run, start­ing at the Royal Port Al­fred Golf Club. At 8am, the West Beach War­fare body­board­ing con­test be­gins at West Beach. Then, at 10am at the Hal­yards Ho­tel, the 1km Ma­rina Mile swim.

Saturday March 31, the West Beach War­fare con­tin­ues at West Beach with in­ter­na­tional (APB) body­board­ing tak­ing place with some of the world’s best ath­letes on show.

From 8am at East Beach there will be in­ter­na­tional jet-ski and rub­ber duck (in­flat­able boat) races.

In the af­ter­noon is the Bar­na­cles Chal­lenge on the Kowie River, as well as more rub­ber duck races.

April 2, will see the body­board­ing fi­nals and more fun, like face paint­ing and other fun things for the kids to do at Kid­dies Beach.

On Tues­day April 3, there will be tram­polin­ing and fenc­ing dis­plays and row­ing ma­chines at West Beach. And, of course, the en­ter­tain­ment doesn’t stop at Kid­dies Beach where there will be hoola-hoop and fris­bee com­pe­ti­tions and more.

skate park will be es­tab­lished at West Beach on Wed­nes­day April 4 and there will also be a par­ent-and-child ca­noe chal­lenge at Kid­dies Beach and, to­gether with other games and events, a hot­dog-eat­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Thurs­day April 5, the ac­tiv­i­ties are all cen­tred around Kid­dies Beach where the chil­dren are an­tic­i­pated to be fully en­ter­tained.

on Fri­day April 6, the na­tional surf­ing com­pe­ti­tion take place at East Beach, car­ry­ing over un­til the Saturday and fin­ish­ing on Sun­day April 8.

This jam-packed line-up of top-class na­tional and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion is bound to get the pulse rac­ing, as well as bring thou­sands of vis­i­tors to Port Al­fred.

If you would like to par­tic­i­pate in one of the events or are a crafter who would like a stall at the event, visit Time Trial: March 15 5km 1. Vuy­isani Nobi 19:03 2. Jared Penny 28:15 3. Damian Tsikos 31:16 4. Yvonne Tsikos 31:26

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.