THE excitement is growing as the time rapidly approaches for 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, that of 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 www.amanzifestivals.com 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 (www.sunshinecoasttourism.co.za). 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:
On 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.
On 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.
Sunday April 1 sees more entertainment for the kiddies at Kiddies Beach. Where there will be a jumping castle for the children to play on. There will also be an Easter egg hunt and games such as “pin the tail on the bunny” competitions. In the afternoon is the Barnacles Challenge on the Kowie River as well as more rubber duck races.
Monday 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 a trampolining display, rowing machines and a fencing display at West Beach. And, of course, the entertainment doesn’t stop at Kiddies Beach where there will be hoola-hoop competitions, Frisbee competitions and more.
A 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, there will also be a hot dog eating competition.
On Thursday April 5 the activities are all centred around Kiddies Beach where the children are anticipated to be fully entertained.
Then, on Friday April 6 the national surfing competition will be taking place at East Beach, and this will carry over until the following day, Saturday April 7 and finish on Sunday April 8.
This full line-up of top-class national and international competition is bound to get the pulse racing and 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 or if you would like more information, please see www.amanzifestivals.com.