Waves for Change Freedom Day Surf
Monwabisi Beach, Cape Town South Africa
27 April 2014
Waves for Change Hosts Freedom Day Surf at Monwabisi
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 28 April, 2014 - Some would argue that surfing is the purest expression of freedom, so what better way to celebrate 20 years of democracy in South Africa than a surf festival.
On the 27th April, 100 surfers from Khayelitsha and Masiphumelele came together at Monwabisi Beach to take part in an Under 11 and Under 15 tag-team surfing competition. The surfers were all part of the Waves for Change programme which aims provide extra social support to marginalized children and young adults and to turn previously disused township beaches into safe spaces for play and skills development.
3ft surf and warm sunshine greeted the contestants as heats got underway at 10.30. First up were the Under 11’s who surfed the small shore pound in the lee of the breakwater. The kwaito and spaza blaring from the sound system ensured the beach slowly filled up and by noon, as the Under 15’s took to the main peak, a sizeable crowd had gathered.
The incoming tide brought with it a few cooking lefts and rights and an opportunity for the senior members to showcase the talent that is emerging from two of South Africa’s newest surfing communities. Each successful ride was greeted with cheers from the gantry but when Mikey February, who’d paddled out anonymously to the left of the main peak, pulled off an air reverse, the entire beach erupted. It was a special moment on another memorable day at Monwabisi Beach.
Following the completion of the days’ events an awards ceremony was held. In the spirit of the day, medals were provided to every participant courtesy of ASP Africa. Over 300 meals were dished out by the Waves for Change soup kitchen before a final celebratory free surf rounded off the first Waves for Change Freedom Day Surfing Competition.
Waves for Change would like to extend their thanks to all who attended, to the judging team of Colin, Luis, Diego and Glen who all volunteered their time, and to the continued support of sponsors and partners who make our work possible.