Renowned American sports’ commentator, sportsman and musician, Sal Masekela, son of legendary Jazz musician, Hugh Masekela, will be this year’s Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill event ambassador. (Image copyright: © Sal Masakela)
The season’s hottest winter festival is set to take over the shores of KwaDukuza from June 27 to July 7 as the world-famous Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill gets underway.
And for 2019, the world’s longest continuously running professional surfing event has revealed that renowned American sports’ commentator, sportsman and musician, Sal Masekela, son of legendary Jazz musician, Hugh Masekela, will be this year’s event ambassador.
“The KwaDukuza Municipality is excited to welcome visitors to our region to enjoy the internationally renowned Ballito Pro,” said the event co-ordinator, Collette Bundy.
Organisers are particularly delighted to have Sal Masekela feature so prominently at this year’s festival.
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“This event is a chance for people to experience an outdoor African adventure that surpasses surfing and entertainment. The dedication to environmental sustainability and immersion of the sport into rural communities is proving to be a catalyst for nation building – both for South African people and this beautiful country,” said Bundy.
She said that, for the 51st Ballito Pro, festival-goers will get to experience this fun-loving, free-spirited coastal lifestyle through a range of exciting beachside activities.
“We are thrilled to have O’Neill on board as the new presenting sponsor for what is going to be the ultimate African festival,” she added.
Paul Canning, O’Neill South Africa brand director, said, “O’Neill is very proud to be coming on board as the presenting sponsor for the Ballito Pro. The event has such an amazing history in South African surfing and has been an instrumental platform in getting our local professional surfers onto the world surfing stage for over five decades. We look forward to building a long relationship with the KwaDukuza Municipality and presenting another world class surfing festival.”