iLembe Surfriders becomes part of Surfing South Africa’s family
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 March, 2017 - Surfing South Africa has welcomed the Ilembe Surfriders to the South African surfing family. They join eThekweni, Ugu and King Cetswayo as the fourth District in the KZN Surfriders Association, which is of one of four provinces that make up Surfing South Africa.
Based in the Kwadukuza Municipality, which hosts the huge international Ballito Pro every July, the iLembe Surfriders draw their members from Ballito, Salt Rock and surrounding areas.
ilembe Surfriders become the ninth District within Surfing South Africa and are the first new affiliate in over thirty years. Already boasting a strong membership of over 90 surfers, iLembe will send a full team of surfers to join their counterparts at the 25th Billabong SA Grommet Games presented by Sea Harvest in Port Elizabeth from March 17th - 21st.
Thanks to hard work by Surfing South Africa Vice President Bongani Xulu and with the support of the Kwadukuza Mayor and a committed group of volunteers the iLembe Surfriders were formed at an AGM a few weeks ago.
Local businessman Darren Sykes was elected Chairman and was enthusiastic about the future of the newest surfing District. “Our mission is to give kids from all areas around Kwadukuza the opportunity to surf. In a short period we have already signed up 92 surfers under the age of 16. We have also managed to select a full team for the 25th South African Grommet Games.
Most of the senior local surfers are volunteering to assist with coaching these young surfers and we looking forward to flying our flag at the opening function in Nelson Mandela Bay” Sykes added that are strong group of professional surfers would be assisting iLembe to grow. “Tammy Lee Smith, Sophie Bell, Shane and Justin Sykes, Calvin Goor, Richie Kidd, just to name a few, are all part of iLembe and will be helping with our programmes” said Sykes.
The new district is eligible to send teams to the South African Championships and the South African Junior Championships later this year. iLembe surfers preparing for the upcoming SA Grommet Games in Nelson Mandela Bay.