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Surfers Not Street Children contest draws thousands in Durban

Ntando Msibi on his way to victory in the Final © Jon Ivins



Kusyay’igagasi Surf Contest

Wedge Beach, Durban, South Africa
16 December, 2013

Ntando Msibi claims the win at Kusyay'igagasi Surf Contest

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 December, 2013 -- A massive crowd of around 15000 beach goers, celebrating the Reconciliation Day public holiday, enthusiastically supported the historic Kusyay’igagasi Surf Contest at the Wedge Beach in Durban Monday (December 16).

The unique contest involved thirty four former Durban street children and their friends and was presented entirely in isiZulu, the mother tongue of most of the inhabitants of Kwa Zulu Natal.

Two divisions were held in the event with younger surfers competing in the entry level section and the more advanced surfers competing in the Open Pro Surfing Division.

As the surfers made their way through each round the massive crowd cheered on their  favourites and by the time the final arrived the spectators were shouting the names of the finalists.

In the Final Ntando Msibi put on a radical and committed display to out-surf his fellow finalists and claimed the first prize pay cheque of R2000.

Msibi, 16, a rehabilitated, former street child, was ecstatic with his win. After being carried to the podium by his fellow competitors he had this to say, “Thank you to the Surfers Not Street Children Program, thank you to Umthombo and thank you to everyone who made this contest happen.”

True to the philosophy of Ubuntu (“I am who I am because of who we all are”), as soon as the Final of the Pro Division was over all of the surfers in the event, under the supervision of The Afro Surfers Surf School, provided a free surfing clinic to members of the public who had been watching the days activities.

This proved to be a spectacular success as first time wave riding experiences were enjoyed by a large number of enthusiastic budding surfers.

At the Award Ceremony, which took place at the completion of the event, a minutes silence was observed by members of the public and surfing participants alike who paid their respects to former South African President, Nelson Mandela.

This was followed by a moving rendition of the National Anthem as the South African flag flew at half mast.

Kushay’ igagasi 2013 was made possible by Mark Snowball, Surfing South Africa, Sport and Recreation South Africa,The City of Durban and Cool Runnings Bar.

The Event was supported by KZN Central Surfriders Association, O’Neill Wetsuits, The Brand Brewery, Jon Ivins Photography, White Hot Media, Bos Iced Tea, Mr Mozzies Butchery, Afro Surfers, Umthombo, Surfers Not Street Children and The Bomb Surf.


Pro Division:

1.     Ntando Msibi.
2.     Simo Mkhize.
3.     Quinton Shabalala.
4.     Sifiso Mhlongo.

Entry Level division:

1.     Zeleleku Cele.
2.     Dennis Payne.
3.     Sihle Dlamini.
4.     Sphmandla Jibaya.
5.     Njabule Dube.
6.     Kwanele Sibaya.




Robin de Kock

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