The annual Kushayi’igagasi Surf Contest will take place at the Wedge in Durban on Tuesday December 16th and will feature 16 of the strongest surfers from the Surfers not Street Children and Umthombo projects as well as over 30 up and coming surfers from these two initiatives.
The 16 competitors who have been selected to participate in the Pro division include defending champion and KZN Junior Surfer of the Year Ntando Msibi, former winner Sifiso Mhlongo, talented Sihle Mbutho, Avuyile Ndamase,Sifiso Mhlongo and Khayelihle Ngcobo.
Others in the 16 strong lineup include Sisonke Ndum – Ndum, Lutho Ngquba, Andile Zwane and Sqobile Hadebe.At stake in this unique event is the title of Kushayi’igagasi champion which comes with a trophy, a gold medal and a bunch of prizes.
Although the surfing in the Pro division is sure to have the spectators on their feet, the up and coming surfers’ Expression Sessions will also be worth watching. At stake here are medals and prizes for the Most Radical Manouevre, Coolest Style, Longest Ride, Worst Wipeout and Best Overall Performance.
Top KZN coach and recent winner of a South African Sports Award, Sandile Mqadi and his team will be conducting coaching sessions at the venue for members of the public while the announcer come DJ will create the same party atmosphere that has been a feature of previous events.
“I am really excited to see the event go down this year as the kids have been training hard and they are all surfing incredibly well” said John McCarthy one of the event organisers.
Thanks to funding support from Mark Snowball and Surfing South Africa, through their Lotto grant for transformation projects and other significant support and prizes from a host of benefactors as depicted on the poster, surfers in the event will all receive a special event tee shirt, enjoy lunch and refreshments and take part in a really unique surfing competition.
Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa.