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Surf’s up at 9 Miles

“Going the distance means no man is left behind. It means no child is left unloved and that no community is left untouched.” These words from Nigel Savel, founder of 9Miles Project, are more than just a saying with a nice ring to it. They’re what fuel his passion to teach young people to surf and walk on the proverbial water.

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When Nigel Savel was introduced to surfing at the age of 11, he fell in love with the sport – so much so that he went on to achieve provincial and national colours. However, during his adolescent years, he became entangled with drugs and alcohol.

Several years later, Nigel became a Christian. Inspired by his love for God and surfing, he founded 9Miles Project to empower teenagers in his area and give them a healthy alternative to gangsterism and drugs.

“I saw many of my friends and other youths in Strandfontein and surrounds getting addicted to drugs, dropping out of school and joining gangs,” Nigel says.

“Teenage pregnancies and broken homes and families were also rife. I wanted to do something to see our youth set free.”

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