LOCAL and national paddlers, open water swimmers and adrenaline junkies will descent on Kouga from March 18 to March 21 – all geared-up to have some fun.

The inaugural Cape St Francis Resort Amanzi Challenge has a red-hot line-up of events: national inflatable boat racing, body boarding, open water night swim, trail run, and paddling.

According to St Francis Tourism Office Manager, Hantie van der Westhuizen, they have approached Zweli Nkwinti of BS Sport to expand the successful Amanzi Challenge hosted in Port Alfred for the past years.

“The Greater St Francis Area offers the same amazing opportunities for beach and water sport,” said Van der Westhuizen. “We are extremely excited and proud to host the wonderful event in our region this month.”

The event will kick off with a closed opening ceremony on the Friday, followed by body boarding at Cape St Francis Main Beach on Saturday morning.

The national inflatable boat racing will take to the water just off the Aldabara run car park in St Francis Bay from 09:00 to 16:00 on Saturday and from 09:00 to 13:30 on Sunday.

“We are super excited to host this event in our first year,” said Van der Westhuizen. “Over 40 boats will compete over the two days.”

Also a first, is the open water night swim at The Quays in Sea Glades Drive at 18:45 on Saturday. This event promise to “light up” the canals.

Body boarding will kick off the action at 07:00 on Sunday, followed by the Thula Moya Trail Run at the Dune Ridge Country House at 08:00.

Paddlers will take to the water at the Quays in Sea Glades Drive at 10:00. The event consists of three courses: guppy, short and long.

Prize-giving is at Cape St Francis Resort at 15:00.

Spectators are welcome at all the different events.

The event is sponsored by Cape St Francis Resort and Kouga Municipality.

For more information, contact Van der Westhuizen at 083 294 2211. Alternatively, visit the St Francis Tourism or St Francis Amanzi Challenge Facebook Pages .