(Cape Town, 19 September 2016) The Hi-Tec Walkerbay Xtreme (WBX), a unique adventure sports festival that comprises twelve disciplines, will return to Hermanus between 29 April and 1 May 2017.
After successfully staging the inaugural WBX in 2015, the organisers used 2016 to plan a bigger and better event, and have secured Hi-Tec as the title sponsor for 2017.
Adventure seekers looking for the ultimate thrill in a spectacular setting should diarise 1 November 2016, when online entries will officially open. Entries for each discipline will be limited, and it is expected that the entry limit will be reached quickly.
Epic Test of Speed, Stamina, Strength & Skill
“The Walkerbay Xtreme is unlike any other event in South Africa,” says Rick Oosthuyzen, organiser of the Hi-Tec Walkerbay Xtreme. “It is an urban adventure and extreme challenge rolled into one that promises to test the speed, stamina and strength of every athlete participating. But what makes the WBX truly special is its inclusivity. Whether you are a seasoned trail runner looking for some gnarly technical terrain, the heaviest lifter in your CrossFit Box or a recreational outdoor enthusiast, there will be an event for you. It is all about finding your extreme.”
Athletes across several disciplines will congregate in Hermanus over the course of three days, and test their physical and mental limits on land, sea, and in the air:
● Old Harbour Xtreme: 8km & 16km surf-ski challenge
● Hi-Tec Xtreme Fun Walk: 6km fun walk/run
● Cliffpath Xtreme: 6km, 14km & 18km run
● Blue Mountain Xtreme: 36km trail run
● Tough Mother Xtreme: CrossFit competition
● Urban Xtreme: Northshore / Urban MTB criterium
● Walkerbay Xtreme: sprint triathlon
● Open Water Xtreme: 2.5km open water swim
● Blue Water Xtreme: SUP Challenge
● Sea & Sand Xtreme: swim / run / jump open water adventure challenge
● Musclemania Xtreme: strongman competition
● Seagull Xtreme: paragliding
The action is centred in the heart of the village between the old and new harbours, providing an equally thrilling experience for supporters and spectators.
More Than Just Whales
“Hermanus has always been known for its rugged natural beauty and, of course, the whales,” adds Rick. “But what many people don’t realise is that it is also one of the only seaside towns that serve as the meeting place for both mountain and sea within such a short distance of one another, making it the perfect location for the ultimate South African adventure.”
“The Walkerbay Xtreme was met with great enthusiasm in 2015, and participant feedback showed us that we have all the right ingredients to create an iconic, one-of-a-kind, world-class adventure festival”, concluded Rick.
Overstrand Mayor Rudolph Smith supported Rick Oosthuyzen’s enthusiasm and stated “The Cape Whale Coast has all the elements required for an extreme sports festival. The landscape provides an endurance test for athletes while the natural beauty of the setting makes it worthwhile for spectators.”
Online entries open 1 November 2016. For more information, please visit www.walkerbayxtreme.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 081 807 0821.
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Issued by: Leonie Mollentze
On behalf of: Destinate / Walkerbay Xtreme
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