Tag Archives: Coaching


W4C is an award-winning organisation based in Cape Town led by surfers and mental health professionals. We have developed evidence-based learn-to-surf programmes that alleviate symptoms of trauma in at-risk youth. In 2016, we want to share our experience with you, so more young people can experience the joy of the ocean. We’re looking for dedicated, […]

W4C’s Apish named in ’10 Activists leading the way”

W4C’s Apish Tshetsha has been names on of 10 Activisits leading the way by Mahala magazine. Apish was one of the founding members of the Waves for Change movement, launching surf therapy programmes in his home township of Masiphumlelele back in 2011. At the time unemployed and out of school or training, Apish took it […]

Following up with Lwandile – Can we surf ourselves to mental health?

In 2014 we worked with NPR to bring you a story from within Waves for Change. The story focused on Lwandile and his struggles with Post Traumatic Stress following a traumatic upbringing in the community of Kuyasa in Khayelitsha. In 2013, Lwandile discovered the ocean when Waves for Change brought the sport of surfing to […]

Smaller Pieces of a Bigger Puzzle

W4C Founder Tim Conibear blogs about Thera – a W4C participant attached to a Kuyasa gang. It´s been a long while since I was last called into a Headmaster´s office. It´s nice to know the feeling remains the same: feeling dwarfed by the man opposite you, sinking into the chair shrouded by an immediate sense […]

A Cure for Aids?

Apish is head of coaching for the Waves for Change programme. He is also currently completing the Laureus Sport for Good YES programme, for young leaders in South Africa. His hero is Steve Biko, hence the title of his blog. Waves for Change is making waves among the dusty streets of Masiphumelele. It is making […]