For immediate release

30 June 2015

It Is All Systems Go For 50 Years Of Surfing Durban Celebration

The City of Durban is ready to welcome hundreds of surfing enthusiast that will grace our warm shores as from tomorrow, 01/07/2015, for the much anticipated 50 Years of Surfing in Durban. This milestone event is a commemoration of the number of years since surfing officially started as a sport in the City and it will also coincide with the World Surf Cities Network Annual General Meeting. 

To celebrate this milestone, various activities will take place around the City. These will be attended by professional and amateur surfers. The celebrations will kick-off with the “Surfing through the Ages” Exhibition, that will take you on a journey of how surfing innovations have evolved over the years from the 60’s, 70’s up to date. 

The exhibition will officially open tomorrow and it will run until 30 August 2015 at the Pumphouse, Dairy Beach. It will include artifacts that were previously owned by prominent surfing personalities. Amongst these, is the famous surfing board that World Champion, Shaun Tomson, used when he won the World Surfing Championships in the year 1977.

The industry leaders in the sports and recreation sector will have an opportunity to exchange ideas and engage on how the different sporting codes can work together to produce world-class athletes. This will take place during the Sports Business Networking Dinner that will be keynoted by Mr. John Nielsen, CEO of the GoldCoast Surfing Inc. and former Olympic competitor. His focus will be on how sporting bodies can leverage on international events such as the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics to create business opportunities and market themselves. 

The development of the young surfers will also be on top of the agenda during the Surf Indaba for Groms. This will be a two-hour interactive session targeted at surfers between the ages of 6-16 years. They will be motivated and taught different surfing techniques. A total number of 50 young surfers have been invited to participate. Tom Hewitt, the founder of the Surfers Not Street Children will give a keynote address on the day.

Members of the media are invited to attend and to cover the events. The activities are as follows:

Name of the Event: Surfing Through the Ages Exhibition Launch

Venue: Pump House, Dairy Beach

Date: 01 July 2015

Time: 18:30

Name of the Event: Sport Business Networking Dinner

Venue: Presidential Atrium, Moses Mabhida Stadium

Date: 02 July 2015

Time: 18:30

Name of the Event: International Surf Business Indaba

Venue: Sky Bar, Top of Maharani Hotel

Date: 03 July 2015

Time: 13:00 to 20:00

Name of the Event: Surf Indaba for Groms

Venue: Elangeni Hotel

Date: 03 July 2015

Time: 14:00 to 16:00

To RSVP contact Simphiwe Dlamini on or Sihle Khuzwayo on


Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa