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  • Writer's pictureHermann Vivier

Another Grommet , Two More Medals!

This year is certainly starting on a positive note.The Surfer Kids traveled to Muizenberg on the 22nd March 2024 to attend the Sea Harvest Grommet Games and we were all happy with the outcomes, adding to a long history of attendance and performance at one of the most important events on the South African surfing calendar!

From when they surpassed and gave the Ripcurl GromSearch their all we predicted that there was a victory coming for us.

Avethandwa Mosikare,U10 boys went and made us proud when he competed at the Sea Harvest Grommet Games. It was not only his first time in a surfing competition but he is the yongest child at The Surfer Kids Non-Profit Organisation and that on its own made the older guys envy to be him.

But he was not alone,accompanied by Lihle Ngubo and Inam Falteni , U14 .

Adding to our pile of medals ,Inam received a Bronze medal in the U14 final heat and we are delighted with his overall performance. Lihle needed 2.87 points on his semi-final round but nontheless we are extremely proud of the effort they put in, the bravery they portrayed in the ocean and for being the meanest surfers out there.

Behind every great surfer lies a story of dedication, sacrifice, and unwavering support. While the spotlight often shines brightest on the surfer riding the waves, it's important to acknowledge the team of individuals who stand behind them, providing encouragement, guidance, and invaluable assistance every step of the way.

Then there are the coaches and mentors who have played a pivotal role in shaping the surfer's journey. From teaching the fundamentals of surfing to fine-tuning technique and strategy, these individuals offer invaluable guidance and expertise, helping their surfer reach new heights and overcome challenges along the way. Their wisdom and encouragement inspire confidence and instil a sense of resilience that is essential for success in the competitive world of surfing. Standing ovation to the Head Surf Coach, Chuma Magusha,lifeguards and junior surf coaches for the commendable work on the kids.

And let's not forget the sponsors and supporters who provide the resources and opportunities necessary for a surfer to pursue their passion at the highest level. From providing financial assistance to supplying top-of-the-line equipment and gear, these individuals and companies play a vital role in helping surfers achieve their goals and aspirations.

The 2024 South African Grommet Games was held over two days, from March 23rd to 24th. This national event, supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation SA, was completed in perfect weather at Muizenberg Beach in Cape Town.

The Surfer Kids is a registered Non-Profit Organisation, based at Diaz Beach in Mossel Bay, working to “empower youths from marginalised communities through surfing.” Children are recruited from within some of the poorest communities in Mossel Bay, in conjunction with TM Ndanda Primary School, located within the townships of Isinyoka, Asazane and Fairview, an area informally known as JCC Camp. Children from the organisation have been attending the South African Grommet Games, as part of the Southern Cape / Eden Surf Riders Team, every year since 2012.

The 2024 Sea Harvest South African Grommet Games was presented and run by Surfing South Africa. Surfing South Africa (SSA) is the recognised governing body for the sport of surfing in South Africa and is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), the African Surfing Confederation (ASC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Competing in a surfing competition isn't without its challenges. The ocean is unpredictable, its moods shifting with the tides. Waves can be fickle, testing our patience and resilience. Yet, it's precisely these challenges that make the triumphs all the sweeter. Whether it's navigating a tricky break, executing a flawless cutback, or riding out of a barrel in triumph, every moment on the water is a victory in itself.

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