26 May, 2016 26 May, 2016

9 Miles Turns Three

Three strikes, three stooges, three bean salad, three fins on a surfboard… We all know three is a magic number. (And if you didn’t – School House Rock will be sure to tell you). For one of the most dedicated community surf projects in South Africa, 9 Miles, three is also a magic number as this May it marks their three year birthday. That’s three golden years of bringing support, opportunities and stoke to the youth…

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Tyrese Boesak (at age 9) learning the basics.

The 9 Miles Project is a non-profit organization which was founded in 2013 by Nigel Savel. Savel, who started surfing when he was 11 years old, saw a need to create opportunities and upliftment, through surfing and mentorship, for the “lost” youth he saw living in the violent community of Strandfontein – where he too grew up.

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9 Miles Project founder Nigel Savel.

The project got its name from the informal tag for the nearby stretch of False Bay coast known as Nine Miles Beach. Nine Miles is a reference to the distance from there to the ‘whites only’ beach at Muizenberg, back in “those days” of apartheid. This is the spot Savel started surfing when he was 11, and today more and more groms are too.

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Jason Isaacs shocks a shorey along 9 Miles.

The 9 Miles project is specifically designed for youth and young adults in surrounding coastal informal settlements and communities and works to provide holistic support for at-risk youth living in harsh, negative environments of drugs, violence and social instability. The youth are supported through additional academic assistance, mentoring, coaching and best of all – surfing.

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Marcoeleno Anthony (11) about to bust a move.

9 Miles would like to invite you to the party by joining their community of ‘Change Makers’. We all know everyone loves a birthday prezzie and 9 Miles would be stoked with a donation pledge towards their students’ graduation and prize giving night which will be held this Friday, 27 May 2016. For project banking details and more info on what and how to donate to 9 Miles click HERE.

Additionally you could get your slice of the feel good cake by partnering with them for one year with just a R100 monthly recurring donation here: www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/ninemilesproject.

Happy birthday 9 Miles – sending  you endless good waves and many more magic numbers!

Check out 9milesproject.org for more info.

Dig their Facebook page here.

Images by Anton Louw and first appeared in Zigzag here.

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