Salty Hour, a surf school charity, just celebrated one of their successful students who started out watching the lessons while working as a car guard.
Gonubie, South Africa (20 January 2020) – Salty Hour is an NGO that is run in Cape Town and Gonubie, East London. The concept is that every Saturday between 4 pm and 5 pm, the guys give an hour-long free surf lesson. They provide the boards, and you just show up.
Anyone is welcome to join in if they wish to get a helping hand when learning to surf. Bamanye was one of those people. Working as a car guard by the beach, he spent many days watching surfers come and go as well as watching the lessons take place.
Bamanye decided to join in and loved the lessons. He went back every Saturday until he fell in love with the sport. He was hooked and went surfing every chance he got. Eventually, Salty Hour arranged a wetsuit and board for him.
Bamanye then took an interest in competing so Mark Bedser, from Salty Hour Gonubie, arranged with a local competition to get him in. The competition waved his entry fees and Mark drove him to the event beach.
“The guys at Border surf were so happy to have him in the compo, he got free entry .. stoked for him, looked like he enjoyed it! He had 2 cooker waves” – Mark Medser
The NGO loves teaching people and hopes to continue doing so every weekend. They welcome volunteers and any donations related to surfing.
“The Salty Hour is about getting outdoors, enjoying the ocean, learning about the ocean, surfing, family, friends and community.
Please feel free to get involved if you have anything to offer, whether it is doing some filming of the surfers, taking some pics, keeping an eye on the people in the water. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated for 60 minutes.”
If you would like to find out about Salty Hour, you can find them on Facebook here. They also post updates about if sessions are cancelled due to weather and so on.