First Stand Up Paddle event in South Africa

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Tuesday, 23 September 2008 14:31
Stand Up Paddle Surfing South Africa

Coreban Stand Up Paddle Surfing Gear hosts first “SUP” event in South Africa. This weekend saw sports history in the making as people from around the Cape Province flocked to Cape Town to be a part of the first Stand Up Paddle Boarding event in South Africa.

After months of cold fronts, planning an event in Cape Town 2 months in advance, especially during early Spring season can be a hit or miss but as Saturday morning arrived with a light offshore breeze and 4 ft waves, the stage was set for a perfect Paddle boarding day.

South African Stand Up Paddle Surfers

Close to 80 riders many of whom attempted the sport for the first time, took part in the event as equipment was supplied free of charge by Bilt, Coreban, Naish & Starboards.

Racing was without a doubt the highlight of the day as the top riders took off around the island race with a Le mans start and sprint finish.

The start of the race

“The unique thing about this event is that it is the first time in 20 years of doing professional watersports that I have seen athletes from so many different sporting backgrounds participate in one event and all have fun at the same time” said Ivan van Vuuren, event organizer. “We had top rugby profiles, SA Champ longboarder Tyrone Jensen, Former World Champions Nicki Carstens (paddleskiier), Clinton Celliers (kneeboarder) plus other sporting personalities from kiteboarding, windsurfing, surfski and surf backgrounds going all out and doing it standing up” said van Vuuren.

“This is the world’s fastest growing watersport and judging by this weekends event we can see why men, women and children from all walks of life, even as far as the African continent are enjoying both the exercise and wave riding aspects of this Traditional Hawaiian Sport.”

SUPers with Table Top Mountain in the background

Results

1st. Nicki Carstens
2nd. Clinton Celliers
3rd. Barend Buys

1st. Lady. Haley Smuts

1st. Junior. Greg Hutchinson

See full event and details at www.Coreban.com

 
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