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Tue, 4 April 2017

The inaugural Academy Cup to nurture developing surfers takes place this weekend as part of the 9Miles Project Surf Challenge and Family Day at Strandfontein Pavilion, says Nigel Savel.


INSIDE AT THE STRAND: Yes, you get kiff waves along this beach sometimes. Photo Ian Thurtell

9MilesProject4thAnnualSurfChallengeFamilyDay2The Cup is an initiative between Nigel Savel of 9Miles Project and Rory Heard of the Share The Stoke Foundation, and forms part of several new additions to the Family Day this year.

Savel, who started 9Miles in 2013 as a way out of gangsterism and drugs in his community, said another addition to the Family Day this y ear was what they were calling Acoustic Sunset.

"This is a platform for local artists and musicians to take the stage and perform for the people free of charge, from dancers to poets, and hip hop rappers. The concert ends the day and there is no better combination than good music, good food and tons of positivity."


SKATE PARKING: There are some seriously skilled people at this event. Photo 9Miles

The NSRI Strandfontein will put on an exhibition and a live rescue demonstration. There will be sandcastle building for the children, and a Treasure Hunt, while "Live Graffiti will be done by our talented local artists" to "unlock minds and create a space for creativity".

Free surfing lessons will be conducted by professional instructors. Savel invited all outreach surf projects to participate in the competition, which would give the children a chance to create bonds with students from all over South Africa.


JUMPING FOR JOY: The surfing skills just keep getting better and better. Photo Ian Thurtell

"The objective of this event is to create an ambiance where friends and family can come together to indulge in a day filled with good energy and experience different mediums of the creative arts such as music, spoken word and dance.

"In addition, it serves to ignite an interest in surfing, other water sports and recreational activities amongst the youth. Visitors are also educated on the importance of preserving the ocean whilst connecting with other community members and families from surrounding areas."


KEEN LEARNER: Expert and free surf instruction will be given on the day. Photo Ian Thurtell


Surf Challenge
NSRI Exhibition and Rescue Demonstration
Surf Lessons
Treasure Hunt
Sand Castle Building
Lifesaving Rescue Demonstration
5-a-side Beach Soccer
Live Music
Graffiti Workshop
Environmental Awareness
Kids Play Area
Stand Up Paddling Boarding Lessons
Car Show
Arts and Crafts
Café and Coffee

Don’t miss out on this great event for the whole family! If you would like more information on how to register your children for the various activates or are interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, please contact Nigel Savel on 082 042 7701 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


9Miles Project is an effective community based non-profit organization that provides holistic support to impoverished and high-risk youth from the surrounding coastal informal settlements and communities in Strandfontein. This is achieved through teaching surfing, supplementary academic support, life skills and leadership training, amongst many other activities and events. 

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