The eThekwini Surfriders Association (ESA) are in high spirits, celebrating the exponential growth of women in a sport that has been formerly dominated by men.
On 7 March 2021, 33 young girls aged between eight and 15 years old entered this season’s opening event at Durban’s uShaka Beach.
For the first time since the inception of ESA the number of girls into the event outnumbered their male counterparts.
“It’s just unbelievable,” said former national team member and professional surfer Paul Canning, who serves as the chairman on the ESA committee, via the ESA Facebook page.
“It was a first for our junior event here in KZN, or even South Africa, where we actually had more girls enter than boys. Out of the 60 entries, 33 were young girls from various backgrounds, showing that transformation is also a big part of ESA surfing.
“We also had several young girls from Surfers Not Street Children participate in the event. With International Women’s Day being celebrated on 8 March, and to have so many young girls entered into a surfing event, it’s phenomenal to see and we couldn’t be more proud,” he concluded.
Photo 1 Caption: The eThekwini Surfriders Association event where 33 girls entered the 2021 season’s opening at Durban’s uShaka Beach. Photo: pierretostee (ESA Facebook page)