S’nenhlanhla Makhubu’s dream to compete and represent her country at an international level is finally coming together; but there’s just one hindrance. It all lies in the generosity of South Africans who are willing to help the young surfer with donations to fund her trip and other costs.
Her hard work has been rewarded with a lifetime opportunity to represent South Africa, with three others, at the 2017 International Surfing Association (ISA) Junior World Championships, which will commence on September 23rd and end on the 1st of October.
‘A surfer’s dream campaign’ is an initiative which aims to help this promising surfer raise an amount of R60 000 to pay for all traveling costs and other expenses for her trip to Japan. Succeeding to raise and pay R10 000 (in the past) for Snenhlanhla to attend a camp, has consequently raised hopes of attaining the amount required for the upcoming world championships.
We spoke to the 15 year old surfer, who is from Chesterville in Kwa-Zulu Natal and she said, “For the year 2017, I aim to make it to the semi-finals at the ISA World Championships, win South African Championships and also be selected for the World Tour team.”
Snenhlanhla will be competing in the under 16 division, and with seven years of surfing experience, she boasts numerous achievements. Some of the major competitions she has entered and went on to win, include:
– Nahoon Junior Pro – U16 (1st)
– Billabong Series – U16 (2nd)
– Girls Summersurf Challenge- U18 (3rd) U16 (2nd)
– Billabong Series #2- U16 (3rd)
In addition to these achievements, this resilient surfer has recently been named the Ambassador of Sisonke Surf Club, and they are really impressed with her preparations leading up to the championships.
“S’nenhlanhla has always had that firing spirit towards her surfing and she’s never given up. That is what motivated us to name her as our new ambassador of Sisonke Surf Club, since we are all about supporting African talent and grooming them to be the best they can be,” said Alvin Mtatshi of Sisonke Surf Club.
Alvin also added that they are positive the surfer will be in good shape, come September. “As the first black female to make it into the SA surfing team to go to the championships, the coaches are doing their best to prepare her for the tournament, and so far she is showing positive feedback and working extra hard”.
To make a donation, visit: (https://gogetfunding.com/a-surfers-dream-campaign/) or find ASurfersDreamCampaign page on Facebook.