LOOK: The Surfer Kids take on

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LOOK: The Surfer Kids take on the Dance of Brave challenge

Watch the surfers and instructors of The Surfer Kids kick up sand in Mossel Bay with their take on the Dance of Brave challenge.

LOOK: The Surfer Kids take on

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Clad in wetsuits by the sea, the young surfers of The Surfer Kids are kicking up sand with their instructors as they share their seaside take on the Dance of Brave.

The Surfer Kids from Mossel Bay

The Surfer Kids is an organisation founded in 2010 along the shores of Mossel Bay.

The non-profit organisation strives to empower marginalised and impoverished communities through surfing to teach kids the value of commitment and dedication. It is funded entirely through donations from both local and international supporters, businesses, and partner organisations, and after six years of being in operation, they managed to secure a permanent headquarters in Diaz Beach in 2016. Here, they’re able to house equipment, a surfboard repair facility, as well as a media centre to expand the reach of their programme.

In 2017, The Surfer Kids won their first medal at the annual South African Grommet Games when seven-year-old Owethu “Sam” Tabata surfed his way into the closely contested under eight final and earned their team a bronze medal. They’ve since continued to grow their reach, achieve even more milestones, and uplift the local youth in the area through surfing.

Now, they’ve completed the Dance of Brave – a dance competition with cash prizes to the tune of R5 000.

Watch: The Dance of Brave

As for what bravery means to their team, this is what they had to share…

What does it mean to be brave?

“The word ‘bravery’ to me means to be, like, brave as to do something – if you want to dance, anything you want to do – you just need to listen to your heart and be brave,” said surfer, Lukhangela Tabata.

Lea Vivier, an actress and supporter of The Surfer Kids, thinka another way of being brave is finally enjoying the small things in life.

“I think sometimes we focus too much on financial success or climbing the corporate ladder or ‘big’ successes or the big things in life. But I think it’s sometimes brave to just sit still and make yourself a cup of coffee or a cup of tea and find joy in that small little thing that sometimes you overlook. And I see South Africans being brave on a daily basis but being brave doesn’t need to be ‘big’, it doesn’t need to be a big show of bravery – it really is the small things.”

For Hermann Vivier, co-founder and manager of The Surfer Kids bravery means overcoming the obstacles that are in your way and not giving in to the fear or allowing the fear to hamper your efforts to overcome the danger. Bravery is overcoming danger despite whatever fear may be there.