16 July 2014 –
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, July 16 2014 – The South African Maritime Safety Authority congratulates its maritime sports Ambassador Ntando Msibi who scooped two wins on the final day of the 2014 Durban July Surfing Extravaganza, sanctioned by Surfing South Africa as a 2A Rated Pro Surf Tour event.
The event was supported by SAMSA, eThekwini Municipality and hosted by the KZN Central Surfriders Associationin conjunction with event organizer, Durban Stars. The contest offered over R50 000 in prize money across ten surfing divisions.
The three day competition featured Men, Women, Pro Junior Boys and Girls and U18, U16 and U14 divisions for boys and girls. Generous prize money was provided to surfers from over South Africa as well as Australia and Mexico.
Msibi came third in the Under 20 division and took fourth place in the Under 18 division. Msibi was a recipient of a scholarship award for the 2013 International Surfing Association competition in Ecuador from SAMSA.
The surfing and Jet Ski competitions are in line with SAMSA’s long-term strategy of developing marine tourism and leisure investment for port cities as it remains a key contributor to local economies.
Marine tourism and leisure, is one of the maritime sub-sectors currently receiving priority at SAMSA. The authority supported Durban Stars last year when the festival was introduced for the first time and received resounding success.
SAMSA Corporate Affairs head Ayanda Mngadi said the authority’s support in the surfing contest over two years was because of its interest that marine tourism was a competitive player in the global market. “If Mauritius can only use maritime as their economic benefactor, we have coastlines of thousands of kilometres. We can utilise this untapped resource,” she added.
SAMSA has found that marine tourism remain unexploited with potential for investments in cruise tourism, coastal and Inland waterways tourism, real estate development and leisure, water based sports and recreation.
“SAMSA’s want to encourage entrepreneurship, promote and build human capacity and skills to support the sector; and ensure that local people benefit meaningfully from this sector.”
“South African solely focuses on traditional, existing markets, losing sight of tourism growth opportunities presented by marine-based activities. Furthermore, many South Africans have a limited exposure to, and an understanding of, marine-based tourism. Events such as this open the minds of the public and private sectors.
Durban Stars CEO Phindani Nenedescribed the weekend events as a huge success. Nene was hoping to bring more private sector investment in the project as he believed there was confidence and faith in the event.”
“This year we saw competitors from Australia and Mexico. We have learnt lessons from the past two years and next year, we will grow this same competition to international standards,” Nene said.
Robin De Kock, General Manager of Surfing South Africa said the event was a success as it brought together entry level surfers with professionals.
“Our top priority is to ensure transformation of the sport at all levels, from surfing to administration. We are especially excited that SAMSA is carrying out its mandate for marine tourism seriously getting involved at all levels of the sport, including sponsoring young surfers internationally.” The surfing competition this week also provided platforms for SAMSA ambassadors such as surfers SifisoMhlongo and SandileMbuthoto train young enthusiasts in surfing. These were random visitors on the beach.”
Other SAMSA ambassadors include Samelikiswe Cele, Wazir Surajlall, Jade Metts, Olivia Brand, Olivia Izzard, Cana Foster, Tide Lee Ireland, Bevan Willis, Teal Hogg, S’celo Zondwayo, Dan Redman, Welcome Radebe, Jordi O’ Keefe, Msibi, David Van Zyl and Brandon Jackson.
Msibi said:“I am very excited that my hard work has paid off. SAMSA’s support has allowed me to realize some of my dreams. There is nothing that will stop me from achieving my goals to become a pro-surfer.”
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