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Metro to double financial backing of Splash Festival

The metro gave the organisers of the MTN Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival a vote of confidence when they announced on Monday that they would double their financial backing of next year’s event.

The 19th edition, which returned to its traditional home at Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth this year, ran from Easter Friday to Monday.


Upset volleyball win for Capetonians

Cape Town’s Freedom Chiya and Grant Goldschmidt ignored the form book and blustery conditions to win the Eastern Province Open beach volleyball tournament – the biggest in the country – at the MTN Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

They beat the country’s number one pairing of Adrian Strydom (Cape Town) and Grant Viljoen (Johannesburg) in a closely contested final by two sets to zero. The final score was 21-15, 21-15.


Splash Festival set for record numbers

Hundreds of thousands of festivalgoers took advantage of near-perfect weather conditions to pack out the first two days of the MTN Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival at Hobie Beach on Easter Friday and Saturday.

Despite overnight rain, Port Elizabeth’s traditional watersport family festival got off to a rollicking start.


Favourites on track for top beach volleyball title

South Africa’s top-ranked team marched effortlessly through the pool stages to stay on track for the East Cape Open beach volleyball title on the second day of the MTN Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The duo – Adrian Strydom (Cape Town) and Grant Viljoen (Johannesburg) – won all three of their pool matches to finish top of Pool A in what is considered the country’s biggest tournament.


Mocke paddles to victory in World Series-rated surf ski race

Capetonian Dawid Mocke steered clear of increasing swells and tough competition to win the Word Series-rated Surf Ski Classic at the MTN Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival at Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth today (Friday).

He managed to slip away from the leading group after putting in a powerful spurt just after halfway.


McGregor eyes title at World Series surf ski event

Durban’s Hank McGregor will be the odds-on favourite when South Africa’s top paddlers take to the Indian Ocean for the first ever World Series-rated Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Ski Classic at this weekend’s MTN Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival in Port Elizabeth.

McGregor, the current leader of this global series, says even though he is currently on top form, anything can happen on the day. “Conditions play a huge role in surf ski and the winner always deserves to have won.”


Weekend weather promises fun in the sun at Splash

The weather gods will be smiling on visitors to this long weekend’s 19th annual MTN Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival.

According to Garth Sampson, from the Port Elizabeth branch of the South African Weather Service, the weather conditions on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be “near-perfect”. “We expect temperatures in the high twenties with clear skies and practically no wind,” he says.


Capetonians favourite to win SA's biggest beach volleyball tournament

The Cape Town-based beach volleyball team of Grant Goldschmidt and Freedom Chiya will start overwhelming favourites to win the Eastern Cape Open, the country’s biggest tournament, at this weekend’s MTN Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival in Port Elizabeth.

According to the organisers, 56 of South Africa’s leading men’s and women’s teams have entered.


Alle paaie lei na die Splashfees dié Paasnaweek

Rio het sy karnaval, Pamplona sy bul-stormjag en in Port Elizabeth kom honderde duisende mense die afgelope 19 jaar oor die Paasnaweek bymekaar vir een van die vasteland se grootste watersportfeeste.

Vanjaar se MTN Nelson Mandelabaai Splashfees, wat van 10 tot 13 April op Hobiestrand plaasvind, skop sommer ook die stad se amptelike aanloop tot die 2010 Wêreldbeker-sokkertoernooi met ’n reuse vyf-aan-’n-kant strandsokkertoernooi af.


Land se rofste stoeiers maak 'n draai by Splashfees

Die rofstoeiers van SABC 2 se gewilde WWP Thunderstrike sal hul spiere Paas-Maandag op Hobiestrand in Port Elizabeth tydens die MTN Nelson Mandelabaai Splashfees laat bult.

Die Burger in die Oos-Kaap is weer die hoofborg van dié toernooi, wat as WWP Thunderstrike Makes a Turn bemark word.


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