Tackling the waves in EE

Friday, 25 to Monday, 28, January.

The East End Surf Challenge kicks-off shortly, and while riders get ready to hit the waves, there’s ample entertainment planned on dry land.

Organised annually by the non-profit social club, Team Two Frenzied, the usual heady-mix of entertainment is planned, including a concert, sailing event and kid’s activities.

The event kicks-off on Friday, 25 January, and runs through-out the long weekend.

Team Two Frenzied originated from Cayman’s Eastern districts. The main goal of the club is to promote all types of watercraft racing, and, in turn, provide financial support to local communities in the form of scholarship grants and financial aid to senior citizens. Team Two Frenzied was started by a group of close friends, but has since grown to include members from as far away as Canada.

Now in its eighth year, the surf challenge has grown to become a mainstay on Cayman’s entertainment calendar, and, like last year, the festivities will start with the Total Togetherness Concert at the Mango Tree, George Town.

Scheduled to perform at the concert, which starts at 9pm, is headline act, Bermudian Collie Budzz and Dawg E. Slaughter. Popular DJs Selecta Renegade, Miami based Eternal Vybes and DJ Excalibur from Trinidad are also planned to take to the stage.

‘Collie Buddz and Dawg E. Slaughter are really popular right now, and together offer a great mix of soca and contemporary reggae,’ said seasoned jet-ski rider Shane Edwards, managing director of Team Two Frenzied and promoter and organiser of the surf challenge.

‘Soca artist Dawg E. Slaughter is particular popular here in Cayman right now, with his hit song Spread The Love.’

He added: ‘In addition, the Mango Tree will be given a fresh look especially for the night, including video monitors throughout the venue and three bars.’

Over the weekend, a sailing regatta will be held as part of the festivities, organised by the Sailing Club. Races start at 1pm, Saturday and Sunday, at the beach by Vivienne’s Kitchen, East End. Boats to be raced include Lasers, Pikos and Bytes. Contact the club for further details, and to register.

Heroes Day, Monday, 28 January, is race day. Riders will race across the East End channel in a challenging circuit that tests skill and endurance. This year, 18 riders are confirmed so far, with more expected to register.

‘It’s a really challenging route and riders need to be skilled and at the top of their game,’ Shane explained. ‘Outside the reef riders are in the rough, while inside the reef there is a challenging course of buoys, which riders must navigate round. It’s a tough race, but it’s designed to be a challenge.’

In addition to the race, there will also be an exhibition ride by Chris McClugage, a former world champion.

While riders are tackling the waves, MC D-Docta of HOT FM will provide commentary on all the action.

On dry ground, there will be ample to keep spectators entertained at the East End Heritage Field. Planned is a live performance by Dawg E. Slaughter and local musician Jason Gilbert, whose hit song Summer is Over, garnered ample air time on local radio last year. DJ Renaissance, Renegade, Eternal Vibes and Excalibur will all form part of the line-up.

Foodies will also be in for a treat with the ever popular Fish Tea Cook-off. The event will be held throughout the day, with judging scheduled to take place at 4pm. So far, six teams are confirmed. Registration is still open.

Rounding out the festivities, there will also be a dance competition, King and Queen of the Beach contest, and a Kids Corner to keep young ones amused.

EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday, 25 January

Total Togetherness Concert at Mango Tree, George Town. Doors open 8.30pm, show time 9pm to 2am. Tickets are $25 in advance, available from Funky Tangs, Reflections, Mango Tree and Team Two Frenzied members, $35 at the gate. VIP tickets are $50, available from TTF members only (939-0902) and include food, drink, and the opportunity to meet Collie Buddz.

Saturday, 26 and Sunday, 27 January

Captain Leroys Watsons Sailing Regatta. Race time is 1pm at the beach by Vivienne’s Kitchen, East End. Contact the Sailing Club for further details and to register.

Monday, 28 January

Jet Ski race and Fish Tea Cook-off. Race time is 12 pm sharp. Fish Tea Cook-off judging at 4pm. Entertainment at the East End Heritage Field throughout the day.

FYI

To register to race, or to participate in the Fish Tea Cook-off email [email protected]. Visit www.2frenzied.com for registration forms, or call 939-0902 for further details. Registration deadline is Saturday, 19 January.

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