The Surfer Kids NON-Profit Outreach BrochurePresentation Transcript
Unravel Surf Travel was created by Jenya Zhivaleva and Hermann
Vivier in February 2010 as a social, surf, travel and photography
enterprise. The Surfer Kids Non-Profit followed later that same year.
The Surfer Kids is a Non-Profit Community Outreach Initiative and is
based in Friemersheim, a rural community between George and
Mosselbay, on the N2 Garden Route in South Africa. It is supported
by Unravel Surf Travel Outreach. The Surfer Kids is overseen and
maintained by Outreach Coordinators and other volunteers, from
within the community itself but also from the surrounding area.
Our aim is to introduce surfing amongst the kids of Friemersheim and
provide them with the opportunity to pursue an interest in surfing and
exploring the wider world around them. This is a cooperative effort
between Unravel Surf Travel - Tours & Outreach, the local and
wider community AND the kids themselves.
Through surfing, travelling, adventure, education, tourism and other
related avenues, we want to create opportunities for the kids. And
ultimately we want the kids to create opportunities for themselves.
Above: The Surfer Kids always join us on special Outreach Days during every
Surf Tour of the Garden Route with Unravel Surf Travel. We surf and help one
another, kids and international travellers alike! It is always great fun and a
very special experience for all!
Below: The Surfer Kids representing Groot Brak High at a Southern Cape
Inter School Tag Team Event in September 2012.
Above: The Surfer Kids at the Ross Taylor Benefit Surf Contest in Buffalo
Bay, August 2012. From left to right, back row & standing: Luciano, Marchal,
Randy, Duran, Stefan, Jessy, Amanda. Front row & sitting: Romario, Reagan,
Angelo, Chaneal, Billy, Wilmar
Below: Wilmar is one of the more experienced kids, he joined us on the very
first day in November 2010. This is Wilmar surfing Diaz Beach in Mosselbay,
almost two years down the line. No doubt he he has found something special.
Above: In July 2011 The Surfer Kids travelled to Chintsa, 30 km's outside
East London, and joined other kids and volunteers from the Unstressed Eric
Surf School for an epic weekend Development Surf Camp, hosted by Friends
of Chintsa NPO and Buccaneers Backpackers.
Left: Unravel Surf Travel Co-Founders
(husband and wife team) Hermann and
Below: Outreach Coordinator Peter (right)
and Community Outreach Coordinator
Bennie (left) with Hermann (middle)
Above: Some of the older kids watching live music at the Ross Taylor Benefit
Surf Bash in Buffalo Bay. First (from left to right) is Jessy, with Marchal
peeking over her shoulder, Billy and Wilmar.
Below: The Surfer Kids (Wilmar and Billy, with Duran hanging over their
shoulders) representing Southern Cape at the 2012 South African Grommet
Games in Port Elizabeth. Marchal is on the right, contemplating the conditions.
Unravel Surf Travel specializes in organising Tours for surfers, travellers and
like minded people from all over the world. One of the highlights of every tour
on the Garden Route is two days of Outreach surfing & adventure with The
Surfer Kids. We aim to broaden the social perspectives of the travellers and
the kids through surfing and sharing other adventures.
Above: The kids playing warm up beach-games with Russian girls on tour.
Below: Canoeing with international travellers in the Wildernis National Park.
Where we find a talent for surfing we nurture and encourage it, but our central
aim is not to produce professional surfers. Surfing is the focal point around
which many other things happen. Through surfing, and travelling to different
surf spots, the kids learn to listen and understand. To respect one another,
broaden their perspectives and appreciate the value of perseverance. This is
Billy (top) and Jessy (bottom) both keen surfer kids making excellent progress!
Above: Duran, one of the older kids, showing the younger ones how to
handle a steeper take-off on an unbroken wave face.
Below: It is important that we maintain a good balance between girls and boys
in The Surfer Kids. Left to right: Amanda, Randy and Jessy
Above: Marchal (Third from left) with the gold medal he received for winning
the 'Flags' competition (a life savers' beach training-game) at the South
African Grommet Games.
Below: Luciano, one of the younger kids, already showing signs of a stylish
bottom turn, an important foundation for good surfing.
Above: Stefan is our youngest surfer kid, it took him some time to gather the
courage to brave the ocean, but he's gained incredible confidence since then!
Below: Marchal at an Outreach Day horse-riding workshop organised during
an Unravel Surf Travel Tour of the Garden Route for horse enthusiasts. In the
background Nadja (a surfer, traveller and horse-riding Instructor from Russia)
is helping Billy with the basics of proper horse riding.
Below: Randy couldn't swim at all when she first joined The Surfer Kids.
Learning how to swim is an important part of the program, it is a huge
confidence boost for the kids to learn how to handle themselves in a foreign
environment such as the ocean.
Above: Chaneal (front, left) is tabulating scores during a development surf
contest in Buffalo Bay. (Judges are sitting in the background) There are many
opportunities to learn new skills related to surfing, travelling and tourism. It is
our aim to expose the kids to as many different opportunities as possible. With
the right skills they can go many places!
Left: Russian traveller
Lika (middle) shares a
moment with Amanda
(left) during an
Outreach Day of
drumming on tour with
Unravel Surf Travel.
On the right Chaneal is
trying her best to keep
a rhythm going!
Right: The kids acquire the
necessary skills to one day
possibly pursue paths such
as surf coaching or tour
Left: We supplement The Surfer
Kids' program in various ways.
Here Unravel Surf Travel Co-
Founder Jenya can be seen
surrounded by curious faces
eager to learn more about
computers and how to use the
Internet. Computer literacy is an
important skill in today's ever
changing world and we keep up
by constantly looking for ways to
enrich the kids' experience!
Left: Luciano participating in a first-aid course
during a development surf camp. Skills such as
these are hard to come by for these kids.
Below & right is Andries, surfer
& shaper at DUNN Surfboards.
Surfing at the bottom is Chad, a
local surfer and traveller. Middle
right is Bennie, the kids'
community leader, builder and
father of 2 surf kids. He's also
Team Manager whenever the
kids compete. Bottom left
(second from right in the photo)
is Peter, local archaeologist at
Pinnacle Point early human
They all volunteer for The Surfer Kids on a regular
basis and they all add their own flair and unique set
of skills to the program, further enriching the kids'
experience and contributing to their development.
Unravel Surf Travel is a small business operated by only two people. The
Surfer Kids is a relatively small Non-Profit, in our first two years we grew from
only 4 kids to 12 kids, 4 volunteers and 2 Outreach Coordinators. But all great
things start small and do not necessarily become huge in order to become
really GREAT! It is important that we keep working with these kids on an
individual level, one on one. The aim is to have a deep, meaningful and
individualized impact on every one of the surfer kids' lives.
It is unlikely that some government agency or any other big organisation will
solve any of the world's problems with a swift sweep of the broom. Instead
each one of us will have to do whatever we can to create a better world
ourselves. Change comes from within.
“We must become the change we want to see in the world” ~ Gandhi, Mahatma
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