SAMSA Ambassadors Promote Durban as City of Choice for International Surfing Competition

International Watersport Extravaganza for Durban
International Entries for SAMSA/Durban Stars Extravaganza

SAMSA Ambassadors Promote Durban as City of Choice for International Surfing Competition

20 May 2013 –

Durban, South Africa, May 20, 2013 – The South African Maritime Safety Authority is putting Durban firmly on the tourism map. This week the Authority’s upbeat ambassadors, all surfers and skiers, started luring the public to attend the biggest beach extravaganza of the year and encouraging people from previously disadvantaged communities, to get involved in water sports and promote environmental awareness.

SAMSA partnering with the Durban Stars is hosting the weekend extravaganza in Durban as a revitalisation of the Natal‘s oldest surfing competition, the Gunston 500. That competition, established in 1969, lasted four decades until Durban lost its status as host city.

This week SAMSA’s own brand ambassadors started their publicity drive for the SAMSA-Durban Stars Surfing and Jet Ski competition, to be held on May 25-26, 2013. With the holding of this competition which is expected to draw international competitors, SAMSA is confident to cement Durban’s place on the marine tourism map.

Ayanda Mngadi, Executive Head: Centre for Corporate Affairs at SAMSA said: “The Samsa-Durban Stars surf and jet ski competition will reignite the legendary culture of the Gunston 500 event. We hope this sporting event will gradually grow and ultimately regain its legendary status by the end of our five year strategy (2014 – 2018). From year two it will revert to a seven day competition and international competitors will be invited to participate. Attempts will be made to preserve most characteristics associated with the original event,” said Mngadi.

Already surfing bodies such as the KZN surfing Association, SA Surfing Federation and SA Jet Ski Association have sanctioned the competition. eThekwini Municipality also embraced the initiative and promised to assist where possible.

“This does not only promotes tourism but also the economy of the city. The surfing fraternity and the maritime industry view this initiative as a catalyst in the development of athletes and the manufacturing of associated equipment,” said Mngadi.

The ambassadors for the event are: Teal Hogg, Ntando Msibi, Travis S’celo Zondwayo, Jordi O’ Keeffe, Dan Redman, Welcome Radebe, David van Zyl and Brandon Jackson. Their profiles have been included for your convenience. The SAMSA media team can be contacted to set up interviews with them and pictures can be sourced here.

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