meet our team

 
Daniel, being a surf enthusiast, started Surfpop with the dream to share his love for surfing and the ocean with children who do not have the same opportunities as he did while growing up. Daniel has a background in Creative Brand Communications (BA), a wide experience in the tourism industry and a vast local and international network. He is the life and soul behind Surfpop and manages and oversees all program activities. He also manages the affiliated volunteer and tourism business.

Daniel, being a surf enthusiast, started Surfpop with the dream to share his love for surfing and the ocean with children who do not have the same opportunities as he did while growing up. Daniel has a background in Creative Brand Communications (BA), a wide experience in the tourism industry and a vast local and international network. He is the life and soul behind Surfpop and manages and oversees all program activities. He also manages the affiliated volunteer and tourism business.

Daniel Botha

Céline joined Surfpop in 2018 with the dream to grow the program and introduce more children to the beauty of surfing. She has a background in Child Psychology (MSc) and International Development (MSc) with a focus on education, gender and development in conflict-affected regions. She has a wide work experience in program design, research, monitoring and evaluation, working with research institutes, NGOs, governments and UN agencies in South Africa, Nigeria, Lebanon, the Horn of Africa and the Netherlands. She contributes to Surfpop’s program development, gender aspects, learning, monitoring and evaluation, and as a psychologist assists with the life coaching of the children.

Céline joined Surfpop in 2018 with the dream to grow the program and introduce more children to the beauty of surfing. She has a background in Child Psychology (MSc) and International Development (MSc) with a focus on education, gender and development in conflict-affected regions. She has a wide work experience in program design, research, monitoring and evaluation, working with research institutes, NGOs, governments and UN agencies in South Africa, Nigeria, Lebanon, the Horn of Africa and the Netherlands. She contributes to Surfpop’s program development, gender aspects, learning, monitoring and evaluation, and as a psychologist assists with the life coaching of the children.

Céline Hoeks

Alwyn joined the Surfpop family in 2018 to inspire the children in the ocean and in the classroom. He has a background in Conservation Science (MSc) and studied further to obtain his CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst). He conducted a wide variety of consultancies for UN agencies and is currently enrolled in the University of Illinois online MBA programme. He plays a key role in the Surfpop classroom, further developing the online education module for the children, and he manages all financial aspects of Surfpop.

Alwyn joined the Surfpop family in 2018 to inspire the children in the ocean and in the classroom. He has a background in Conservation Science (MSc) and studied further to obtain his CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst). He conducted a wide variety of consultancies for UN agencies and is currently enrolled in the University of Illinois online MBA programme. He plays a key role in the Surfpop classroom, further developing the online education module for the children, and he manages all financial aspects of Surfpop.

Alwyn Lubbe

Georgina joined Surfpop in 2019, with the aim to help grow the brands identity and bring the life changing joy of surfing to more children. With a background in engineering (BSc Mechanical Engineering) and design (MSc Sustainable Environmental Design) as well as experience in managing a non-profit, she uses her skills to assist with visual communications and design work within Surfpop.

Georgina joined Surfpop in 2019, with the aim to help grow the brands identity and bring the life changing joy of surfing to more children. With a background in engineering (BSc Mechanical Engineering) and design (MSc Sustainable Environmental Design) as well as experience in managing a non-profit, she uses her skills to assist with visual communications and design work within Surfpop.

Georgina Campbell

In compliance with the South African NPO (Non-Profit Organization) law, Surfpop Foundation has three directors - Daniel Botha, Céline Hoeks and Alwyn Lubbe - who make sure that the foundation is run in a responsible and sustainable manner in line with its mission statement. They are not remunerated for their roles as directors.

meet The CHILDREN

Surfpop selects its beneficiaries based on a variety of selection criteria in close consultation with the primary school and high school in Masiphumelele township. Children are selected who are not participating in an after-school activity, who come from families with little opportunities, and who are particularly vulnerable to the challenges in their township.

 
“When I am surfing I forget everything. Surfing makes me happy. I am addicted to vitamin sea. I take care of mother ocean and the environment. Surfpop is helping me to improve my skills for surfing and my subjects at school. “

“When I am surfing I forget everything. Surfing makes me happy. I am addicted to vitamin sea. I take care of mother ocean and the environment. Surfpop is helping me to improve my skills for surfing and my subjects at school. “

Babongile, Age 16

“Surfpop is my family and when I am with them I feel free because they are good people. In Surfpop we are brothers and sisters and we are talking to each other.“

“Surfpop is my family and when I am with them I feel free because they are good people. In Surfpop we are brothers and sisters and we are talking to each other.“

Asemahle, Age 12

“I like to make jokes to make people laugh and for everyone to be happy. I respect people the same way I want people to respect me.“

“I like to make jokes to make people laugh and for everyone to be happy. I respect people the same way I want people to respect me.“

Khazimla, age 11

“I like spending time surfing. In Surfpop we also have a classroom to do homework. If you don’t have homework, you work on a laptop with Khan Academy (online Maths/English course). That is why I like Surfpop. “

“I like spending time surfing. In Surfpop we also have a classroom to do homework. If you don’t have homework, you work on a laptop with Khan Academy (online Maths/English course). That is why I like Surfpop. “

Simlindile, Age 16

“When I am surfing I feel free and when I am not surfing I get help with my schoolwork. Also, I can eat healthy food, we help each other and we are supportive to others all the time at Surfpop. “

“When I am surfing I feel free and when I am not surfing I get help with my schoolwork. Also, I can eat healthy food, we help each other and we are supportive to others all the time at Surfpop. “

Ayanda, Age 17

“I love surfing because it is challenging and it helps me focus on my studies. I enjoy being in the ocean because I forget all the problems. Surfing makes me feel strong and confident. Surfing is like a pill when I am sick. “

“I love surfing because it is challenging and it helps me focus on my studies. I enjoy being in the ocean because I forget all the problems. Surfing makes me feel strong and confident. Surfing is like a pill when I am sick. “

Asenako, Age 16

“I like surfing because I feel free in the water. I love being part of Surfpop because I can spend time with my friends and because Bongi (Surfpop coach) teaches me so I can be a good surfer one day. “

“I like surfing because I feel free in the water. I love being part of Surfpop because I can spend time with my friends and because Bongi (Surfpop coach) teaches me so I can be a good surfer one day. “

Ayakha, Age 10

“I like surfing because I can ride a lot of different waves. When I am in the water I feel like a fish. My favourite surfboards are longboards and fishtails. Surfpop is like a second family to me and I like the classroom because it helps me at school. “

“I like surfing because I can ride a lot of different waves. When I am in the water I feel like a fish. My favourite surfboards are longboards and fishtails. Surfpop is like a second family to me and I like the classroom because it helps me at school. “

Simamnkele, Age 11

“I like surfing so much and I really like Surfpop! I feel free when I am with Surfpop. If you like you can call Surfpop a ‘surf family’ or you can say ‘Surfpop we like it.’ One day I want to be a pro surfer. I want everyone to recognise me as a surfer boy, yes!!!“

“I like surfing so much and I really like Surfpop! I feel free when I am with Surfpop. If you like you can call Surfpop a ‘surf family’ or you can say ‘Surfpop we like it.’ One day I want to be a pro surfer. I want everyone to recognise me as a surfer boy, yes!!!“

Lukholo, Age 14

“I like jellyfish. I am excited to ride any kind of waves and go out to the back. I love the ocean. “

“I like jellyfish. I am excited to ride any kind of waves and go out to the back. I love the ocean. “

Bulumko, Age 8

“I like surfing because it is a lot of fun. At Surfpop I meet a lot of nice people. I want to be a professional surfer and travel the whole world. My favourite surfboard is a longboard.”

“I like surfing because it is a lot of fun. At Surfpop I meet a lot of nice people. I want to be a professional surfer and travel the whole world. My favourite surfboard is a longboard.”

Siphelele, Age 11


Reg No. (SA): NPO 222-386

Reg No. (NL): RSIN 860014538

info@surfpop.co.za

+27 649016202