Event of the year to make big splash

EASTER in Kowie is set to be filled with boundless sports excitement as Amazing Events presents the Royal St Andrews Hotel Easter Festival to kick off April 14-17 at various water and beach locations.

SMOOTH RIDE: Lester Sweetman visiting Kneelo rides a freight train tube at East Beach Picture: TRISTAN WAINMAN

A big drawing card for the heart of the Sunshine Coast has always been the magnificent beaches and river settings. Sport lovers and founders of Amazing Events, Dave Lawson and Zwelinzima “Sxeaks” Nkwinti realised the potential for a full-on water and land sport extravaganza in Port Alfred and put plans in motion for this debut event.

Royal St Andrews Hotel embraced Nkwinti and Lawson’s vision to bring a major sporting event to the Kowie waters and is the official main sponsor this year.

On Saturday April 15, East Beach will host an old Port Alfred highlight in the form of a rubber duck challenge. The event, which will be officially resurrected on Easter weekend, will see boats from all over the country hosted and promoted by Border Inflatable Boat Club in an ocean circuit race.

THRILLS: Le Roux Neetling as pilot, smashing through waves at a recent rubber duck contest in Cape Town Picture: HEINRICH SAUER PHOTOGRAPHY

During this race, the river mouth will be temporary closed for private boats. It will be the first time in ten years that rubber ducks will be racing competitively in Port Alfred and organisers and participants are ecstatic about the event taking place.

Throughout Saturday and Sunday, the Kowie Boardriders Club will host the East Beach Easter Surf Classic at East Beach nearer to the pier. A contest briefing will take place at 8am and surfers will surf in respective heats throughout the day, depending on conditions. The surfing competition will have divisions for U16, open, over 40, longboard, kneelo and a ladies’ section. Sunday will see the semi-finals and final take place with a prize-giving to follow.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity. Royal St Andrews Hotel has been generous in their sponsorship and we are excited about being able to offer substantial cash prizes and merchandise for winners,” said KBC chairman Warwick Heny.

More water fun will take place in the form of a West Beach Warfare, an annual body boarding tournament where board riders will take on the notorious West Beach wedge in a two day competition. There is a coaching and a training session on April 14 from 8am-3.30pm.

LOCAL FLAVOUR: Clinton Millard takes on big waves at last years West Beach Warfare held in Port Alfred. The event has been moved from its usual June-July calendar to Easter Weekend which will feature as one of the amazing sporting events at The Royal St Andrews Hotel Easter Festival

Organiser of West Beach Warfare, Clinton Millard said more than 60 entries had been received, from as far as Durban, and he expected still more to come in.

“It’s going to be a great event. Port Alfred needs this and with all the different sport taking place, I’m sure it’s going to grow.”

Not all the fun will be reserved for the adults. On Saturday there will be a kiddies’ tube race at Kiddies Beach. Tubes will be sponsored by Ralph Schmidt from Supa Quick Port Alfred and children, who can swim, from the ages of 8 to 12 can enter. The race for fastest on tube will start at 9am with a prize-giving to follow.

Talk of the Town is media sponsor for the event and will be posting weekly coverage as well as full coverage daily during the event on talkofthetown.co.za. Early entries to sporting events can be made online at www.amazingeventspa.co.za. Or visit the Amazing Events Facebook page. Online entries will close by April 12.


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