Fourteen children from Friemersheim travelled with The Surfer Kids NON-Profit and programme coordinators to Buffels Bay, to partake in the Ross Taylor Benefit Surf Contest from 9 to 11 August.
The Surfer Kids NON-Profit is based in Friemersheim, a rural farming community situated 30km outside Mossel Bay. They offer surfing lessons and travelling opportunities to the children of Friemersheim on a strictly non-profit basis.
They camped in Buffelskop Caravan Park for the long weekend, just outside Buffels Bay. Camping and entry fees into the contest were taken care of by the Ross Taylor event organisers. Transport and logistical support was provided by Unravel Surf Travel and Nan Jamieson from Buffels Bay Lifesavers. Food for the weekend was covered by donations from within the community of Friemersheim and private donations from generous Mossel Bay residents.
“To all who donated – a very big thank you for making this possible! The Surfer Kids NON-Profit would also like to thank Mossel Bay surfer Barry Crous for his generous surfboard donation towards our programme!”
The Surfer Kids NON-Profit entered four children into the boys’ u/16 division, two into the Development Girls division and six into the Development Boys division. The Surfer Kids NON-Profit program coordinator, and co-founder, Hermann Vivier, was responsible for running the Development Boys, Development Girls, Grommets u/12 boys and Grommets u/12 girls divisions at the Ross Taylor Benefit Surf Contest. Over 50 kids entered these four divisions. Three children made it into the finals, representing the top four surfers in each division. Luciano Windvogel and Stephan Joubert finished fourth and third, respectively in the Development Boys final, while Yasmin Nortje finished first in the Development Girls division, taking home the coveted winners’ floating trophy!
The Ross Taylor Benefit Surf Contest is an annual event held in memory of local surfer Ross Taylor, who lost his life to cancer at the age of 29. All funds raised by this event is donated towards Hospice, which was Ross’s charity of choice after the care and support that they provided to him and his family in his last years. Through the support Hospice receives from the Ross Taylor event, they are able to provide care for over 500 terminally ill people every year.