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 tour combines the beautiful scenery and sites of Historic Stellenbosch with excellent wine pairings and some healthy outdoor exercise.
The tour starts 9:00 at our meeting point (located at Blackhorse Centre, Corner of Dorp and Mark Street). Each rider will collect a bike and helmet to suit their size. We will carry a snack pack for each rider, included in the rate. Our guide will also carry a backpack for those who would like to buy some wine en-route.
Tour starts with a historic tour of Stellenbosch, visiting some of the historic sites of Stellenbosch Town. We will cycle through Stellenbosch and head to the scenic Jonkershoek Valley. A winding road through oak and poplar forests will take you to a beautiful wine estate nestled in the valley bottom; here you can take in the stunning views while doing wine tasting of award winning wines on an island on a lake.
On the way out of the valley, you will stop at another wine estate, which sports beautiful grounds and historic Cape Dutch architecture. Here we will do a cellar tour before we start our Chocolate and Wine pairing that will definitely make your taste buds tingle.
After the tasting we will head back into Stellenbosch Town via the Stellenbosch University before ending the tour again at the meeting point.
There are some variations to the route, with varying difficulty levels so the tour can be tailored to suit everyone’s cycling ability. Family tours can also be booked.
Duration of Tour: 4-5 hours
Included: Guide – Bicycle and helmet rental – 2 Wine Tastings and cellar tour – Snack pack and drink
Excluded: Lunch – Items of personal nature
Snorkel tidal pools or the Tsitsikamma National Park’s underwater trails. Imagine moving across the ocean’s surface and marveling at the scenic underwater world from above. Spot rays on the bed of the ocean, chase fish over the reefs and get away from the world’s rush by experiencing a day under the sea. Exploring this kind of splendor is truly amazing and an ideal adventure for the whole family.
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 +)