Surfpop is a registered non-profit organisation, founded by Daniel Botha in 2015. Daniel discovered surfing, fell in love, and the rest is history. As he spent most of his free time on his surfboard in the ocean, closely connected to nature, surfing became a life changing experience for him. As a surf enthusiast, he had a strong desire to share his passion for surfing and the ocean with at-risk youth who do not have the same opportunities he had during his childhood.
Children growing up in disadvantaged communities around Cape Town have little hope of escaping their socio-economic environment: poverty, crime, drugs, gangsterism and a lack of good quality education and job opportunities are rife and real battles these children face. Daniel realized that surfing could be a powerful tool to positively impact the lives of these children.
In 2015, Daniel reached out to the primary school and high school in Masiphumelele Township. He started by taking children, who were vulnerable to the challenges in their township, surfing once a week. Soon this grew out to the comprehensive after-school program that Surfpop offers its beneficiaries today.
Surfpop aims to create long-lasting opportunities for children from disadvantaged communities through a powerful formula of surfing and education. Surfing promotes the physical and mental wellbeing of the children, and combined with focused after-school education and nutritious meals, improves their school performance, prepares them for sustainable employment and promotes their role as ambassadors in their communities for living a healthy life in touch with nature.
Surfpop believes in a program model that gives children the best chance at living life to the fullest, guiding them towards sustainable employment, truly lifting them out of poverty, and positively impacting their families, social networks and community.
Reg No. (SA): NPO 222-386
Reg No. (NL): RSIN 860014538