Who is Ntando Msibi?
A former street kid, Ntando found a way to break away from life on the streets of Durban, South Africa thanks to Tom Hewitt, founder of Surfers Against Street Children. Tom introduced Ntando to surfing at a young age, and it was noticed relatively quickly that Ntando had a natural ability, and it was a great way to motivate Ntando and help to keep him away from the troubles of living on the street. Surfers Not Street Children was founded with the ideals that surfing was a great way to get kids away from the street and doing something enjoyable, and a way to help empower them to transition from street life and into adulthood, it wasn't created with the specific idea to develop professional surfers, but Ntando's talent was not something to be ignored.
Fast forward several years later, and Ntando is 19 and making waves in the professional surfing world - in 2014 and 2015 he represented South Africa at the ISA World Surfing Games in Ecuador and California, and won the Supersport TV “Lets Play” Junior Sportsperson of the Year in 2014 too. In many ways, he's the perfect candidate to represent Surfers Not Street Children.
This video, just released by Surfers Not Street Children, and RUWAC Productions, outlines his journey so far and the beginnings of his new chapter.
Ntando Msibi is spending 2017 traveling, working on his surfing career and promoting the work of Surfers Not Street Children.
He has been in Japan with Gass Rooibos Tea, supporters of Surfers Not Street Children. He then spent nearly three months in North Devon where he mostly surfed Croyde but also Lynmouth, Putsborough and Saunton. He loved North Devon, made the most of all the waves he could get, even if it was a lot colder than what he's used to! Ntando was also was stoked to come to Saltrock HQ, and picked up some Saltrock hoodies to keep warm in this cold British winter - check out our range of zip-thru hoodies, pop over hoodies and borg-lined hoodies for men, women and kids!
Ntando even got time in his UK visit to head to Kensington Palace to meet with Surfers Not Street Children supporter, Prince Harry! From the UK he has flown to Southern California where he is competing and also meeting with his existing sponsors and potential new sponsors. This weekend he took 2nd place in the WSA Championship Tour Event #7 at Huntington Beach. He's even been hanging with Rob Machado at Seaside Reef in San Diego! He's set to be connecting with Damien Fahrenfort, Sal Masekela and Nate Yeomans whilst there. These are all big names in the surfing industry and he's been super lucky to get in contact with them, and we are sure they will love his enthusiasm and personality.
His plan for 2017 is to keep traveling and developing his career and dropping back into SA periodically to check in and surf the occasional contest. Along the way he promotes the work of Surfers Not Street Children in Durban as one of their ambassadors. He will also be visiting Hawaii and possibly Australia too.
Ntando is a great example of how important Surfers Not Street Children is, and how much they can help to change kids lives in Durban.
If you can help Ntando fulfil his travel plans, so that he can meet with new and existing sponsors, but also help to raise awareness and promote Surfers Not Street Children, head here - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/SurfersNotStreetChildren1