I am an aspiring professional bodyboarder looking to live a dream of bodyboarding and getting paid to do something that I love. I have grown up in Durban, South Africa with a love for the ocean, no matter what I have done in it. I was a former lifeguard competitor and played water polo in my school years.
I have been competitive in all forms of sports since I was at a young age. I have been South African Bodyboard Champion in the u15 Division twice as well as runner up in the Open Division in 2014. I traveled to Hawaii in 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 where I got the front cover of the Movement Magazine issue #36 in my first year.
I have completed my studies as a Bachelor of Social Science in Housing and achieved a career World Games 1st in Drop knee in 2012. In the same year I managed to achieve a first in the South African Pro Tour. In December of 2012 I traveled to the Canary Islands to experience another country and compete there. I have been on the World Tour chasing the dream of World Champ since 2013. I have had a best finish of tie 5th place in Brazil in 2013 as well as a 3rd in the drop knee in Portugal.
Last year I was able to compete in Brazil, Chile and went back to Hawaii for my third time. 2015 is the year when I will head up the ladder to get to top spot by attending all the possible events I can on the Association of Professional Bodyboarding Tour. This year I plan on traveling to Chile, Brazil, Portugal, Puerto Rico and Hawaii.
I want to be a professional athlete at the peak of my abilities and chase a dream of becoming a World Champion. I have been on the way to do so with obstacles that have stood in my way. But I am going to keep training and get to where I want to be.
World Champion will be my greatest achievement.
It involves all kinds of difficulties. None of the waves are the same and all the conditions change. This is without the physical ability to do moves, keep at a constant good level and keep super fit always while eating healthy.
Consistency is the key to performing and keeping me feeling satisfied in my sport. When my levels of fitness are up, my maneuvers are up and my wave choice is good, then I am satisfied and feel good when performing in my sport.
I practice my techniques when I am in the water and in the gym. I have to constantly practice moves and keep strong in order to keep myself at a good level. I have practiced moves every time I am in the water.
In the gym I do a lot of all over body training allowing me to always be strong. I do some swimming and underwater work to keep my breath hold up as well as training in the waves practicing moves and working on technique.
I try to keep a level head when I am competing. I am most nervous about the waves I choose and what I am going to do on the waves. This gets put aside when I get in the water and I focus on competing at the highest level possible.
I would say my family is my biggest fan. As a whole they are the ones who stand behind me and are able to always lift me up when I am down. They are the people that will always be by my side.
The best piece of advice would have to be that I must always follow my dreams and always stay fit and eat healthy. It has always been something that I have tried to do and followed and you feel much better because of it.
My future plans are to keep doing what I love to do and that is bodyboard at a high level. I am passionate about what I do and I want to keep my dream alive. I have plans to travel abroad this year to Brazil, Chile, Portugal, Puerto Rico and Hawaii.
This 2-3 hour adventure is the most popular adventure activity where you can experience the best that Tsitsikamma offers! If you are keen to explore deeper into the Storms River Gorge, and experience the deep, long, quiet pools with ancient forests and deep caves then the kayak and lilo trip is for you!
SANPARKS Entrance fees (not included in the price of the activity):
SA Citizens and Residents: Children (2-11 years) R30 / Adults (12 years +) R59
SADC Nationals (with passport): Children (2-11 years) R59 / Adults (12 years +) R118
Standard Conservation Fee (all other nationalities): Children (2-11 years) R118 / Adults (12 years +) R235
This trail is about 17km long, taking the best part of a day, and is recommended only for experienced hikers. It is a fantastic route, showcasing some of the best that the area offers in terms of plant life, scenery and outdoor adventure in general.
The trail starts with a steady climb up the side of the Jonkershoek Valley. You gain altitude quickly and after about 3.5km, the contour path is reached. This is a pleasant respite as you contour along the mountainside, winding in and out of the folds of the mountain. Then, the very steep ascent to Berg River Neck begins. The intense effort required for this uphill is well rewarded with the awesome view down Assegaaibos Gorge on the one side, and Jonkershoek Valley on the other side. Another short ascent takes you onto the stretch of mountain, closing the back of the valley. This entire meandering section offers the stunning panoramic
views for which the trail is named after.
Once the opposite side of the valley is reached, the knee jarring descent starts. The section’s name Kurktrekker, says it all – it is the Afrikaans word for cork screw. The path zig-zags down the mountain at an extremely steep gradient, only levelling somewhat near the valley bottom, where it traces the Eerste River to take you back to our starting point.
All Hikes Include: – Guide – Permit for Jonkershoek Nature Reserve – Bottled Water – Snack pack – Transport to, and from nature reserve
We can however accommodate a group for hikes on Table Mountain and Kirstenbosch Garden as well and we also have a Vineyard Hiking Trail in Devon valley Stellenbosch, including wine tastings along the way.