Time is running out to enter the watersports events at the 20th MTN Nelson Mandela Bay Splash Festival, which will take place at Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth from April 2 to 5.
The organisers have issued a reminder to prospective local, national and international participants that entries are due in by Sunday, March 14.
Watersports coordinator Michael Zoetmulder said the international programme consisted of five events, of which four – the Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Ski Classic (April 2), Ocean Racing Series World Championships (3rd), Bell Buoy Challenge (4th) and King of Nelson Mandela Bay (5th) – were open to public participation.
He said the fifth, a freestyle jet ski competition featuring eight of the world’s top professionals, was by invitation only.
People who still wanted to enter, could merely follow the link on the Splash Festival website, said Zoetmulder.
The watersports events do not require any special affiliations and are therefore “open” to everyone. Participants of all ages are welcome to enter.
Zoetmulder said the Bell Buoy Challenge, which is set to become an annual event, was proving to be the most popular with the public at this early stage.
“It is a daunting seven-kilometre open water swim in Algoa Bay that is new to the international calendar and receiving a lot of interest.”
Bulgaria’s multiple world champion Petar Stoychev was one of the early entrants, the organisers revealed last week.
To enter any of the watersports events, simply visit www.splashfestival.com. Alternatively, contact the festival office on 041 393 4844 for more information.
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