A new wave of positivity and possibility is sweeping through the South Coast in the form of the Trafalgar Saints Surf Team.
The team was formed last November by Trafalgar lifeguards Mdu Ndovela, Fana Ngeleka and Thobani Ngoko in order to help kids of Bhokodisa to surf.
The trio serve as coaches and role models and use surfing as a means to save youth from the dangers of drugs and crime.
Adam and Cindy Kay play an integral role in the team and say it hasn’t only enriched the lives of the surfers, but theirs as well.
Explaining how the team originated and the impact it’s had on everyone involved, Kay said, “I was approached by Mdu, Fana and Thobani and asked if I could help them obtain surfboards in order to introduce underprivileged children to the sport of surfing, as this sport is conducive to a drug and alcohol-free environment.
“They walk 12 kilometres from their rural homes inland to the beach every weekend to surf. These children don’t even have shoes on their feet.
“Their plight prompted my husband and I into immediate action. Countless phone calls for donations of anything from surfboards to shoes had started and a surfing team had been formed
“Alvin from Sisonke Club helped us with 11 surfboards to start surfing, and in April, Waves for Change donated us more boards. We are a team – not a club – that get together on the weekends to surf. We give lifts home when we can and Uvongo Spar helps with lunch on Sundays.
“On seeing the happiness on the children’s faces, many people say to us ‘You have changed the lives of these children’ but we say no, they have changed ours.
“When we first decided to do this, I thought it would be a few days of volunteering and then my life would just continue as normal. But, the truth is, once we got involved with these kids my whole life changed, and I would not want it any other way.”
Two members of the team, Ayanda Mpisane and Lwando Dlezi, have been selected to represent the Ugu District at the 2018 Sea Harvest South African Junior Surfing Championships from 2-7 October.
The contest will be held at Lower Point, Jeffreys Bay in the Eastern Cape, where the duo will represent the region in the boys Under-16 division.