Last Tuesday, history was made in South Africa when more than fifty of the country’s top male, female and junior stand up paddlers descended upon Canal Walk near Cape Town to participate in the first ever stand up paddle boarding event in Africa.

This sport, once practiced by ancient Hawaiian kings, might be new to the continent, but that didn’t make the stand up paddlers participating in the Men’s Health Canal Challenge (presented by Coreban Hawaii) any less competitive. It was intense racing to the end as athletes used special one sided paddles to attain speed.

But the fierce competition among the stand up paddlers was all for a good cause, proving them all to be upstanding citizens too. All proceeds from the event were donated towards Ikahya Le Themba, a non profit organisation supporting Aids orphans.

“The great thing about the event was that the athletes really wanted to use this unique event to give back to the community,” said Ivan van Vuuren, contest organiser.

Greg Bertish ended up taking home first place honors in the men’s pro division, with Tracey Heard beating the rest of the ladies.

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