Surfers Not Street Children is a project that empowers street children in Durban, South Africa to reconnect with their families and communities in a way that breaks the stereotypes and stigmas of having lived in the streets, founded by Tom Hewitt. Check out the organization’s website and donation link here.
The project includes The Surf House and a beach community center called The Surf Club. Through these locations, former and current street children gain the skills needed to prepare themselves for life, and develop their sense of individual responsibility through mentorship, education and job creation.
The Surf House is run by Vukani Mhluzi, a 31 year old former street child himself who now holds a degree in finance, and The Surf Club is run by Sandile Mqadi, an internationally accredited surfing judge who has worked on major national and international events both in South Africa and abroad.
This video was filmed by Magolide, another former street child who learned how to film through The Surf House. Del Mar, CA-native, Tyler James, has been volunteering at The Surf House for a couple years and shared his camera and a few pointers with Magolide. Since then, Magolide has been refining his skills and now works as a filmer for a surf school. This video was edited by Calvin Thompson, a Durban film maker that is helping to share this project’s amazing work. And, Safari Surf, run by local legend Spider Murphy, made sure the crew had boards to go around.
Carver is proud to help spread their positive message of stoke and transformation.
Ntando Msibi, one of the first members of Surfers Not Street Children, was in town and had the chance to stop by our factory and skate with us.
Ntando learning how our surfskate truck systems work.
He was curious to learn about how the boards are made.
The future is bright for this talented kid.
Ntando got to see the first round of new Proteus surfboards with basalt rails.
No visit to Carver is complete without ripping around out front on a few different boards.
Thanks for stopping by Ntando, we’ll see you soon!