Few backdrops can compare with the scenic natural grandeur of Plettenberg Bay, and it is therefore no wonder that holiday makers and locals flock to the Garden Route to take part in the ever-popular Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge, sponsored by Discovery.
More than 3000 athletes, weekend warriors and celebrity sports stars line up, competing in a range of events as diverse as open-ocean swimming, trail running, mountain biking, beach walks and a ‘Kids of Steel’ mini-duathlon.
Presented every year in December by the respected event-coordination team of Magnetic South, the Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge offers family fun to outdoor-minded residents and visitors. With a total of eight events over two days, it promises fresh air fun for all levels and ages of sport lovers.
The event was first conceptualised by local business entrepreneurs Tony & Suzy Lubner in 2003, in memory of their daughter Sabrina who passed away after succumbing to a rare bone marrow disorder. More than a decade on, Sabrina Love has become one of the premier fundraisers supporting families and children with physical disabilities in the Bitou Region.
Two events centres – Central Beach and the prestigious Kurland Polo Estate – boast routes perfect for trail running, mountain biking, surf-ski paddling and open-ocean swimming. In the words of event director Mark Collins, of Magnetic South: “Few other destinations in South Africa offer such varied and naturally scenic landscape as Plettenberg Bay, and it is easy to see why so many people return again and again to participate in the Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge”.