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 is a short but adventurous hiking trail, including some climbing and scrambling; however, don’t be deterred if you have limited climbing experience – the tricky sections are optional and there is enough to see without doing those. The trail firstly meanders along the Eerste River and the first waterfall is easily reached. This is a great rest stop, where you can admire the dripping moss banks and old indigenous trees. Soon after, the trail takes a sudden up-turn, curving towards a steep sided gorge.
Where the path meets this gorge is where the really fun part starts! The river is now your path, and at times you will be hopping from rock to rock while vertical cliffs hem you in on either side. A few minutes of wandering between lush ferns, trees and moss takes you to the trickiest section of the hike. Here, those who feel that they would rather not try this section can enjoy the scenery around them, while rest of the group does the last short section up to the second waterfall. For those who make it all the way, the second waterfall is quite a sight to behold as its flow feeds the water plants clothing the cliff face that it runs down. Please note that in high summer the flow of waterfalls may be drastically reduced, however, in late January and February this is one of the few places to witness the flowering of the endangered and very rare Cape Red Disa.
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.