Surfpop is an organization that aims to establish a way out for children from disadvantaged communities, leading them away from gangsterism, crime and drugs. The ‘way out’ entails a new outlook on life, brought about by the love for surfing and the ocean.
We want to share surfing and the lifestyle and culture it offers with others and have them experience the stoke. To make a positive difference in society by using surfing as a tool to change the lives of the Surfpop children and make them ambassadors in their communities to help enlighten others.
Currently we are working with 12 children from Ukhanyo Primary in Masiphumelele. We hope to build long lasting relationships with the children and develop their surfing skills, and help them get to the point where they too can teach others how to surf. We want to push them to become qualified surf instructors and perhaps start their own surf school one day.
In order to facilitate this, Surfpop offers Surfcamp and volunteer holiday adventures to anyone with a love of the ocean, a sense of adventure and the will to give something back. By joining us on our month long packages you not only get to experience the best the Cape has to offer and learn to surf, but also help make our dream a reality and change the lives of the Surfpop children.
During the 4 week surf camp and travel holiday, we will do our best to make competent surfers out of you and impart our love and respect of the ocean. You will learn everything from surfboard designs, surf forecasting, wave types and what boards to ride in different conditions. With three hour and a half surf lessons a week, coupled with access to surfing equipment and the waves in your free time, we will have even the slowest learners up and riding in no time.
Use your newly learnt skills and apply them through interactive surf sessions with the children. We want to give the children something to look forward to; give them hope; show them compassion; and most importantly, put massive smiles on their faces.
After each surf lesson, you have a session with the kids where you pass on what you have learnt. This happens every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday you plan activities for the children. If the waves are really nice we will most likely go surfing. Other activities include hiking, soccer, swimming, slack-lining, arts and crafts, beach clean-ups etc. You will have brain-
storming sessions and plan new activities. You will also help us with social media and blog posting.
Experience the Cape Peninsula through various activities and available tours and visit places such as Cape Point, The Winelands and The Garden Route or kick back and relax in style at Bailey’s Surf Shack, in Muizenberg, which will form your home base of operation for your stay.
Our month long surfcamp holiday and social outreach program offers travelers a truly unique experience and an opportunity to experience the Cape as a true local while at the same time offering the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of those that need it the most.