All entrants are requested to familiarise themselves with the following rules and regulations so as to ensure a trouble-free Discovery Surfers Challenge.


In light of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, participants will have to comply with stringent screening measures prior to and during the event.

  • Participants aged 12 (twelve) and above will be required to present their vaccination certificate (not SMS) at registration.
  • Entrants that are not fully vaccinated must present a negative PCR test (not older than 48 hours) or a negative same day rapid test at registration. Failure to do so will result in entrants being ineligible to participate and forfeiting their entry fee.
  • Rapid Covid testing will be available on-site at event registration and offered at no cost to the first 600 participants. Thereafter at a cost of R175 per test. This is done on a first come first served bases.
  • Children under the age of 12 (twelve) do not require vaccination or Covid testing in order to participate.
  • All participants may be required to complete a pre-screening questionnaire and health declaration, which will be communicated to entrants prior to the event.
  • Participants must wear masks at all times and remove only once crossing the start line (bins will be provided)
  • Participants must put on a mask immediately after crossing the finish line (masks will be provided at the finish)
  • Please adhere to all Event Covid-19 policies and protocols (including observing a social distancing standard of 2 (two) meters, mask wearing and frequent sanitising of your hands.
  • If you are feeling unwell or are presenting flu-like symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, please do not attend the event or registration in the best interests of all parties.
  • As a result of the ever changing rules and regulations around COVID protocols, policies and/or procedures – all participants who sign up for the Discovery Surfers Challenge accept that neither Discovery nor the Surfers Challenge Committee can be held liable for last minute COVID procedures that are changed as a result of factors outside of our control. We acknowledge that everyone has their views and approaches as to how COVID protocols should be handled, but we ask that participants respect the decisions made as we do not make decisions without great input from industry experts. For detailed up to date information on procedures please continue checking back on our website.


    Registrations will take place at the Nutting Hall, Galway Rd, Stirling, East London. This will take place on Thursday and Friday (two days before race day) between 08:00 and 17:30. All participants entering the race will need to register at the hall where they will receive their race chip and their race armband – colour coded depending on the race entered – please make sure you receive the correct armband colour. Race entries at the venue on Thursday and Friday will be an extra R20 for runners and R50 for paddlers. Last minute entries (on race day) will be pay an extra R100 late entry fee. Please read through the COVID Protocols to make sure you are aware of what is required at the registration hall.


On race day it is EXTREMELY important to wear your race chip around your ankle. If you place it anywhere else FinishTime will not be able to log your time as you cross the finish matt at the end of the race. Wearing it on your wrist does not guarantee your time is recorded and complicates it for our safety team who has to confirm that all walkers/runners have returned home. A penalty of R100 will be payable if your chip is not returned. Please remove your chip as soon as you cross the finish line and hand it in at the bins provided.


All participants will be uniquely identified by the organisers according to their discipline (Paddlers, Runners and Walkers, 10km Race and 5km Open and Juniors race) in the form of colour coded armbands that you will receive at the Registration Hall. It is each participant’s own responsibility to ensure that they have received the correct coloured armband from the Registration Hall.


Busses are provided for 17,5km participants ONLY – to the Kwelera Start. Please note that there are no busses to any of the other starting points! Times: Saturday, 11.00 – 12.00 Departure: Harewood Drive opposite Nahoon Sands. This service is offered on a first come bases and is not guaranteed. COVID rules apply.

T-SHIRTSWhile we do our best to cater for all shapes and sizes we order in bulk based on numbers we receive during previous races. Shirts have to be pre-ordered in advance despite entries still being allowed right up till race day. We urge all participants to be mindful that only those who complete the various races within the cutoff times are awarded a shirt and that your size might not always be available at the time you come in. Shirts are handed out on a first come first served bases. Please be kind to the volunteer teams handing out shirts at the finish line and treat them with kindness! All participants who complete the 17.5km challenge will receive a shirt. Shirts will be given to the first 1500 participants to finish within the cutoff time of the 10km race, the first 500 participants to finish within the cutoff time of the 5km Open race, and the first 300 participants to finish within the cutoff time of the 5km Junior race.


Please view the Route tab listed on our menu – to see a detailed breakdown for each race category. Take note of the following important points/times…

  • 17.5km: Cut-off in Gonubie is at 17h00 | Finish line cut-off is at 18h30
  • 10km: Cut-off in Gonubie is at 16h00 | Finish line cut-off is at 17h30
  • 5km: Finish line cut-off is at 13h50

CUT-OFF IN GONUBIE is at the END OF SOUTHEND ROAD. At this juncture you are required to hand in your chip and board a bus to the finish. This is for the safety of all concerned and must be strictly obeyed.


There are adequate water points on the route, but please do not abuse these as you may deprive participants further down the course from receiving their share. Water points have been instructed to comply with COVID protocols and that all volunteers at the individual water points would need to wear a mask. Water sashes will be placed onto a table where participants who come past can then in turn take their own. Volunteers are not permitted to hand out anything. Participants are free to run/walk with their own water should they chose to do so, we just request that participants take the environment into consideration and that they do not discard of any plastic along the route.


River crossings should never be taken lightly, and this year will be no exception. Listen carefully to lifeguards on duty. Ropes will be provided across the rivers where required, while other craft are available in case of emergency situations. Please note that Dynamic Emergency Service is on duty and can be contacted on 043 726 2225 or 082 317 6235.


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