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uThungulu Surfriding, the local governing body for surfing in the district, is calling on all parents of potential junior surfers to join them in a “Learn to surf” programme.

The aim is to get kids to enjoy the ocean, gain confidence in the sea and to have fun learning a new sport. We are also hoping to be able to send a team of Junior surfers to the Billabong SA Grommet Games taking place in Port Elizabeth from 18-21 March. Age groups Divisions for this event are U/8, U/10 and U/12. Costs involved for travel and accommodation will need to be covered by the parents for this event.

Team uThungulu has a strong Masters team (O/30) and would like to see more kids surfing and competing in events. “We need parents and surfers to volunteer in this programme as it is the only way it will work, with the parents learning from our masters surfers. It’s not about learning to surf straight away.” says Kenneth Hodgson who is excited about this programme. “Anton (Knoetze) and I will be starting out taking a few surf and SUP boards to the Richards Bay Multi-Sports Club to do first lessons with basics and paddling in flat water. We will need your help if you surf or have a son or daughter already learning please make sure they come along. Kids learn so well from other kids.” he added.

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The lessons will take place after Park Run at the Zululand Multi-Sports club every Saturday, starting this weekend 4 February. All are welcome, parents too if they want to learn, the only condition being that you need to know how to swim. You are also urged to bring your own board if possible. The venue will change to include Pelican Island and Alkantstrand as the youngsters progress. Please keep an eye on the uThungulu Surfriding Facebook page and local media for news and announcements.