Waves for Change – Surf Therapy for Violent Communities

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'Freedom Riders' - The full ABC Documentary

Follow the stories of Apish, Noncedo and Likho and learn about life in South Africa's townships and surfing's transformative rise..
Freedom Riders can be viewed in full here >

Tim and Bongs talk Surf Therapy on the JBay morning show.

Watch founding members Tim Conibear and Bongani Ndlovu talk Surf Therapy with the WSL crew at this year's JBay pro.

“Breaking Cycles of Violence – 1 Wave at a Time”

W4C provides behaviour therapy programmes to young people affected by violence and abuse in South Africa’s most unstable township communities. Locally trained youth care workers, the first surfers to emerge from their communities, deliver the programme. W4C reaches 250 young people per week and employs 16 youth care workers – amongst them the first ever internationally accredited African female surf coaches from South Africa.

South African Youth Fighting Gun Crime by Riding The Waves

Youngsters from one of Cape Town's gang-ridden townships have taken to riding waves in a unique project aimed at getting them away from a life of violence.
They are being taught to surf, in a project which is part of the efforts to reduce the level of gun crime in South Africa.

The Dan Nicholl Show - Learning to Surf!

Dan heads to Muizenberg to join kids from the Laureus-backed Waves For Change project, and model and surfer Roxy Louw, who attempt to teach Dan and comedian Stuart Taylor how to surf. The results are disastrous - but very entertaining!

Waves for Change - Fighting HIV by Riding Waves

Isiqalo's Waves for Change programme is based in Cape Town South Africa and is an HIV intervention that uses surfing as a medium to teach young adults about HIV.

Waves for Change is an HIV education and leadership programme, run in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa.

We use surfing as a tool to attract hard to reach young adults in some of Cape Town's most dangerous communities, where HIV prevalence can reach 30%, where youth unemployment can exceed 50%, and where substance abuse and alcoholism has exacerbated issues such as gang crime and gender related violence.