Street Surfers

Worlds apart, Captonian surfer and ocean advocate Frank Solomon ventured to the streets of Johannesburg to meet two street surfers making a difference.


Cape Town, South Africa – Frank Solomon, a Capetonian big wave surfer travelled all the way to Johannesburg to meet a very different kind of surfer. The recycling street surfers who spend their days collecting plastic to earn a living.

On his trip, he learned about the daily lives these surfers live and how they collect thousands of plastic bottles each year, preventing them from ending up in landfill, or worse, the ocean.

Frank wanted to show the two street surfers, Mokete Mokete and 
Thabo Mouti, the connection between the work they do, and the work Frank does to protect the ocean.

To do so, he took them to Cape Town, to see the ocean and to teach them how to surf waves as well as the streets of Johannesburg. It was the first time both Mokete and 
Thabo saw the sea. Something they never imagined possible.

‘For anyone that has cruised the streets of Johannesburg, the site of the city’s ‘street surfers’ is as much a part of the landscape as is that of the high rise metropolitan skyline.

Frank Solomon, a big wave surfer and marine activist from Cape Town South Africa, travels to meet two exceptional men, Thabo and Mokete, who indirectly serve the environment through recycling as a means of income. This is the untold story of new friendships, shared experiences and common interest between individuals that are worlds apart.’

The short film about their adventure is truly inspiring, and while they may be back home now, they will never forget seeing the ocean or learning about how important their daily work is.

Take a look at the short film below.


Sources: Supplied / Vimeo
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