Sisonke surf for diversity

2018-05-23 06:02
At the 2018 South African inter club tag team championships, Sisonke Surf Club was the only KZN team representing the province. The A-team, Avuyile ‘Avo’ Ndamase, Khayelihle ‘lolo’ Ngcobo, Quinton Shabalala, Alvin Mtatshi, Snenhlanhla Makhubu and Mikhael Vawda.PHOTO: #lanthurtell

At the 2018 South African inter club tag team championships, Sisonke Surf Club was the only KZN team representing the province. The A-team, Avuyile ‘Avo’ Ndamase, Khayelihle ‘lolo’ Ngcobo, Quinton Shabalala, Alvin Mtatshi, Snenhlanhla Makhubu and Mikhael Vawda.PHOTO: #lanthurtell

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SISONKE Surf Club, founded by local lifeguard Alvin Mtatshi in 2013 supports surfing in South Africa with a particular interest in developing young black surfing talent of the future.

The club aims to create opportunities for beginners to learn to surf and develop surfing skills to compete in surf contests.

Based in Durban North Beach the club is open to anyone looking to learn how to surf. Founder of club and lifeguard Mtatshi said: “Sisonke means we are together, with the vision of a multi-racial and demographically equal country that is South Africa we came up with Sisonke Surf club.”

Mtatshi said that as a club they want to equally represent the rich heritage and diversity of South Africa in the club across all cultures, genders and race.

“Sisonke strives for equal opportunity and we welcome any person who wants to be a part of surfing to join our club,” said Mtatshi.

The club is currently raising money to run two contests this year with a prize money and no affiliation fees. They are currently in partnership with Surfing South Africa and a private company, Logistics Africa where they are creating opportunities for members of the club to surf the international World Qualifying Series events hosted in South Africa.

The club is a non-profit organisation that holds fund-raisers to raise money for needs of the club.

“We often fund-raise for a particular need such as wetsuits or surfboards and general surfing equipment these are expensive items.

“We also fund-raise to send our members to contests.

We often find ourselves in need of vehicular transport that we can fit all our equipment and surfers also,”

But that has never stopped the club, they have raised funds for a local female surfer Snenhlanhla Makhubu to attend the ISA World Games in Japan last year, they have members surfing in four of eight international events at WQS level.

The club also hosted two money prize contests this year with a total prize of
R50 000 and also run successful beach day events for small to medium enterprises to attract people to the ocean and learn how to surf.

“We look to fund-raise to help our members to attend International contests and building Sisonke into a world-class surf club that is able to develop talent into successful competitive surfers,” said Mtatshi.

In 2017 the club ran a prize money contest at Scottsburg and are looking to run the even this year during winter also. “As this is the best time for waves on the South Coast, however, we are still fund-raising to garner the money for prize money and running costs,” said Mtatshi.

Mtatshi and the club would like to thank everyone who supports them including Surfing South Africa and Robin De Kock, Mark Snowball, Rowland Suttie, the surf districts in KZN, Jason Ribbink, Spider Murphy, Grahame Smith and to the surfing community for the support.

“We take donations and show you how we spend the money you donate. Every person who donates to us receives a full breakdown of their money spent,” said Mtatshi.

If you have surfboards, wetsuits or any kind of donation to help Sisonke go on to their Facebook page Sisonke Surf Club or you can -email them at sisonkesurfclub@gmail.com

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