While surf fans far and wide know just how beautiful the beaches in South Africa are, the country’s pristine breaks can overshadow deep-rooted problems in the country, like widespread poverty.
But, as shown in SURFER, in the city of Durban, a non-profit mentorship program has found a way to use the country’s beautiful surf to help its population of street children, empowering impoverished children through the power of stoke:
That video comes from director Calvin Thompson and details the relationship between rising surf star 18-year-old Ntando Msibi and the Surfers Not Street Children program that helped him transform his life.
Msibi was mentored by Surfers Not Street Children founder Tom Hewitt at a young age and has since become a top South African surfer, representing the South African National Junior Team in surf contests across the world.
Now, Msibi is hoping to give back to his community, and is working as a mentor with Surfers Not Street Children in the hopes of helping others overcome the same hardships he once did.
“For me, surfing makes me feel good everyday,” Msibi told SURFER. “As long as I’m surfing I feel like I don’t have to worry about anything else.”