Khule Ngubane showing the kids how it is done at the 2019 Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill.
(Image © Luke Patterson / Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill)
KwaDukuza played host to another hugely successful Ballito Pro, presented by O’Neill, which brought both an international surfing contest and ongoing festival entertainment to holidaymakers from June 27 to July 7.
“The stunning North Coast winter weather put on another spectacular performance, providing the ideal backdrop to all the Ballito Pro action,” said event co-ordinator, Collette Bundy.
This was an exceptionally well-supported event with the likes of Ballito Pro ambassador, Sal Masekela, and the high-calibre of retail and entertainment attracting visitors from far and wide.
“There were also a number of innovative environmental and community development initiatives that always form a prominent part of the Ballito Pro programme, ensuring we have a healthy ocean and new crew of upcoming, talented surfers,” added Bundy.
One such community development initiative was the development surf day hosted on the final day of the Ballito Pro.
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Young surfers from KZN’s iLembe Surf Riders, Ubuntu Learn to Surf and Swim Club, Sisonke Surf Club and Surfers Not Street Children (SNSC) joined top South African surfers in an expression session.
This initiative, hosted by Sea Harvest together with Surfing South Africa and the KwaDukuza Municipality, also welcomed event ambassador, surfer and international sports’ presenter, Sal Masakela.
Running alongside the international surfing contest was the fun festival programme, which included: the Ballito Pro Family Food Festival, the Sal Masekela African Surf Adventure Driven by SMG Rocks and hosted by Coco de Mer, the Ballito Pro 2019 Free Music Concerts, powered by 5FM, After Dark Parties, hosted by Crush Ballito and Extreme Sports including Mini Ramp Skate Jams featuring Monster Energy’s Khule Ngubane and MX Trials biking with Monster Energy’s the Le Riche Brothers.
Fans also got the chance to meet Simon Keys and Siouxsie Gillett, the hosts of popular Nat Geo WildTV show ‘Snake City’.
Other exciting segments included football activations, beach action and Save the Waves Campaign.