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Surfing South Africa runs unique Kushay'gagasi Zulu comp

Sihle Mbutho, winner of the 2012 Kushay’gagasi contest at Dairy Bowl in Durban © Jon Ivins



Kushay'gagasi 2013

Surfing South Africa
Wedge Beach, Durban, South Africa
16 December, 2013

South African surfing program grows into unique contest

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 December, 2013 -- It all started as a coaching clinic for surfers from the Umthombo Street Children Surfing program back in 2009 but on December 16 the Kushay’gagasi contest moves into the big leagues has now with over R11 000 in prize money and prizes on offer to the thirty two surfers who will participate in it.

The event is unique in surfing and will be run entirely in isiZulu, including all the commentary and judging instruction. The only entry criteria is that competitors must be prepared to speak isiZulu on the day.

December the 16 is traditionally a very popular day for beach going along the Durban Beachfront and Wedge Beach is usually one of the most crowded beaches on that day. Apart from the fact that the thirty two surfers will be surfing for a generous prize purse it will also be an extraordinary experience for them to surf in front of a crowd of that size.

Directly after the contest the Surfing South Africa accredited coaches from the Umthobo programme will facilitate a coaching clinic for members of the public who would like to try surfing for the first time.

Kushay' gagasi 2013 is made possible through a R10000 donation from Mark Snowball and a R1000 donation from Cool Runnings Bar.

The contest is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, the national governing body for the sport, and is supported by Sport and Recreation through Surfing South Africa.

Other support comes from The City of Durban,, the Brand Brewery, O'Neill Wetsuits, Surfers Not Street Children and Afro Surfers Surf School. The event is organised by theBOMBsurf in partnership with Surfing South Africa.

"The objective of this event is three-fold", according to event organiser, John McCarthy, from theBOMBsurf. "Firstly to provide a platform for these kids to compete on and to showcase their skills as well as putting some money into their pockets just before Christmas."

"What started out as a grassroots initiative is now a high octane surf contest. It is amazing to see how good these surfers are. Secondly to showcase surfing to people who ordinarily wouldn't be exposed to it which is why the event is run in isiZulu.

Most of the beach users on that day are Zulu speaking. They also get the opportunity to try it for themselves. Finally, we also get to show off what an amazing beachfront we now have in Durban. I really want to thank everyone who has come together to make this event happen again this year and I'm looking forward to a fun day out."

For general enquiries, entry information or should you or your organisation wish to contribute to directly boosting the prize purse please contact John McCarthy on  0828863424.

Robin de Kock

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