Sibusiso Makayini from Ballito enjoying the waves.
It was a fun-filled morning as 25 up-and-coming young surfers from 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 followed by a tag-team contest, later that day.
This development surf day, hosted by Sea Harvest together with Surfing South Africa and the KwaDukuza Municipality, formed part of the ongoing Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill festival programme, which ran at KwaDukuza from June 27 to July 7.
“Development, unity and transformation are a vital part of the Ballito Pro,” explained event co-ordinator, Collette Bundy.
Organisers are committed to investing in the young surfing talent for both the future of the sport and the enhancement of social circumstances for local community members.
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The development surf day was very well supported and a great example of the tireless work being done by these organisations.
Big surf conditions in the early morning saw the tag team contest delayed until after the Ballito Pro finals when conditions had subsided somewhat for the younger competitors.
The morning started with an enjoyable surf expression session with the Ballito Pro event ambassador, surfer and international sports’ presenter, Sal Masakela, joining the youngsters on the day.
The 25 young surfers, aged between 12 and 18, paddled out for 30 minutes with judges assessing the best moves on the waves.
It was 16-year-old Lwando Dlezi, a Sisonke resident and member of Trafalgar-KZN South Coast, who surfed into first place at the expression session.
For the afternoon tag-team contest, participants were divided into teams of four, and it was Team Red, who took first prize this year.
“The conditions were a bit tough but that didn’t dampen the spirits. The kids were so happy to be participating where the pros had just surfed and they had an absolute jol,” said Darren Sykes of iLembe Surf Riders.