“Empowering youths in marginalised communities through surfing“
The Surfer Kids was founded by husband and wife (and Unravel Surf Travel Co-Founders) Hermann and Jenya in 2010. The Surfer Kids was originally established as the social outreach arm of Unravel Surf Travel. Today it is an independently registered non-profit organization based permanently at Diaz Beach, Mossel Bay.
Unravel Surf Travel continues to provide ongoing support, including an Outreach Day with The Surfer Kids on every two-week Surf Trip of the Garden Route. This allows surf trip guests to experience surfing with the program’s children, in a safe and supervised environment. Furthermore, for every confirmed booking with Unravel Surf Travel a donation is made to The Surfer Kids.
The Surfer Kids primary vehicle for empowerment is its Core Surf Program which runs five days a week and accommodates up to 40 children from one of Mossel Bay’s poorest communities. The program employs a team of 2 full-time and 2 part-time members who support the children at all times.
The aim of the The Surfer Kids’ Core Surf Program is to teach the children advanced surfing skills. This process takes about 3 to 4 years, depending on the child and it serves as a medium through which to teach commitment. It is the organization’s founding belief that commitment creates empowerment because it enables the full exploitation of any given opportunity.
The Surfer Kids is funded entirely through donations from private individuals, businesses and other organizations. As of 2020 the cost of operating The Surfer Kids’ Core Surf Program comes to R500 (~30 USD / 25 EURO) per child per month.
The Surfer Kids sends out detailed updates on the children’s individual progress, both within and beyond the program, to donors who contribute enough to cover at least one child on a monthly basis.