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Se7en + 1 Go Surfing with Waves for Change….

December 4th, 2013 · 21 Comments

Our kids have all been dying to go surfing for the longest time – we live in Cape Town, after all. Cape Town is one of the most sought after surf spots in the world. Everyone should at least have one chance to try surfing. But to be honest even if we live in one of the surfing capitals of the world… the idea of taking eight kids surfing was a little overwhelming. Last week a good friend of ours, that works for Waves for Change, asked if I would mind if he treated our kids to a morning of surfing… Would I mind!!! Not even slightly, tell us when and where and we will be there…


We headed for the LifeStyle Surf Shop in Muizenburg… They very kindly sponsored the rental of our wetsuits and boards…


There was a scramble into wetsuits…


And I think we need a sign like this at the front door… we do live at the beach after all!!!


And on to the beach… kids and boards and beach… and our two fabulous instructors, Bongani and Apish, from Waves for Change.


And some warming up…


And let the lessons begin…



There were a few daunted surfers… before they hit the water


And a little boy and a big sea…


Some one on one…


Some last minute tips…


Into the water they went…


Everybody, undaunted…


Hood #8 actually spent most of the time finding new friends on the beach… as one does…

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And together they cheered the surfers on…


This looked like chaos to me… but our experienced instructors didn’t bat an eye… at eight kids wielding great big boards in the ocean…


I have to say that the instructors were so enthusiastic and looked like they were having just as much fun as their students… helping them up again and again and again…


And out of chaos came art…


Despite dozens of epic spills…


Slowly but surely everybody had their chance to figure it out and get up on that board…









The only thing that got all these guys out of the water was… fatigue!!! Surfing can do that to a soul…


They were just a little satisfied with their day out!!!


They loved every second of it…


A quick rinse off…


I do believe that the smile says it all…


A huge thank you to The Lifestyle Surf Shop for sponsoring our suits and boards…


And of course thank you to Waves for Change – for the fantastic coaches. Waves for Change is a fabulous local initiative that provides youngsters, from vulnerable communities, with a chance to do something worthwhile. Communities where substance abuse and criminal gang behaviour is a way of life… they show young people that there is more to life… teaching them to surf in a safe environment, providing a healthy and holistic approach to uplifting them and enabling them to face the many challenges that they encounter everyday. Really this is leadership training for the next generation and they are doing a fantastic job. You can read about their work here… on the Waves for Change Website.

Our two coaches, Bongani and Apish, that took a morning off to give our kids a surf lessons, and really they took our kids from being totally unable to surf to surfing… will be providing lessons to the public next year in order to raise funds for the Waves for Change Program. If you are keen to know more about their work or for lessons then you can contact them on Facebook at or email them at

While our kids were gifted with a mornings free surfing and we are very grateful to the Lifestyle Surf Shop and Waves for Change for the fabulous coaches and equipment, we were not paid or asked to write this post. I blogged about it because we had the most fabulous time, literally a dream came true for my kids and because I believe that surfing is an amazing and creative way to change lives of young marginalised South Africans… one wave at a time.

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21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bongani // Dec 4, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Photos look amazing, I can see the stoke on all their faces. Looking forward to the next lesson 🙂

  • 2 se7en // Dec 4, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Hay Bongani, we just can’t thank you enough we had the most amazing time!!! You did make a dream come true so thank you again!!! Gotta say they are so keen for more… the talk is all about surf over here!!! Hope you have the most brilliant holiday!!!

  • 3 Irene // Dec 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    This looks like an absolute blast 🙂
    Hood #5 in that oen shot looked amazing!!!

  • 4 Nita // Dec 4, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    You narate your experiences so wonderfully, one gets hooked!! I must try this with my kiddos too!

  • 5 Cindy // Dec 4, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Mom you did an awesome job of catching the day for the rest of us to enjoy – they looked like they were in heaven – thanks for sharing – Your “antics” start my day with a smile every day, your blog is my morning coffee….

  • 6 Corli // Dec 4, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    What a totally awesome gift!
    Loved the pictures too!!
    Corli´s last blog post ..for our crazy grandfolkies

  • 7 se7en // Dec 5, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Thanks Irene… It was quite a day out!!! Loved every second of it!!! Hope you have a fabulous week!!!

  • 8 se7en // Dec 5, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Hay Nita, it was indeed fabulous fun!!! Oh if you get the chance then you must take it up – you won’t be sorryy, it is such a rush to catch a wave!!! hope you have a great week!!!

  • 9 se7en // Dec 5, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Aaah Cindy, thank you!!! What a privilege to be your morning coffee – it is always so encouraging to hear that folk enjoy our life and times!!! Hope you have a great week!!!

  • 10 se7en // Dec 5, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Hay Corli, Honestly it was exactly what we needed… a day of ocean fun in the great outdoors just can’t be beat!!! I can see myself ending up as a surfing mom!!! hope you are all having a great week!!!

  • 11 aunty muffin // Dec 5, 2013 at 5:03 am

    what fun you had; and great surfing kids!

  • 12 se7en // Dec 5, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Hay Aunty Muffin… Isn’t it brilliant!!! Hope you are having the most wonderful week!!!

  • 13 Zoe // Dec 5, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Sounds like a great project.
    Zoe´s last blog post ..Favourite reads of 2013 as chosen by 25 (children’s) authors and illustrators (and me)

  • 14 Jessica // Dec 5, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    I’m new to your blog but found your journey on Instagram. I just have to say as I sit here, thousands of miles away in the States, looking out my window at a rainy winter day, I can feel the sun beat upon my back and the grains of sand in my toes just from your words. You made me smile this morning and for that, I thank you!

  • 15 Jacqui // Dec 6, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Awesome!! Surfing is so much fun! And those big soft boards are so nice to learn on!
    Jacqui´s last blog post ..The best way to eat bananas!

  • 16 se7en // Dec 6, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Hi Jessica, What a lovely comment… So glad I could pop some sand between your toes on a rainy day on the far side of the world!!! Lovely to meet you, so thrilled you took the time to stop by and say hi!!!

  • 17 se7en // Dec 7, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Oh Jacqui, To say they had such fun is just not enough!!! Loved it!!! You cannot beat a day in the great outdoors!!!

  • 18 Katja // Dec 7, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    That is so cool!

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