Rich Kids

Warm up run

Steady rain throughout the Easter Weekend,challenged those of us spoilt by the amazing autumn weather that we have been having this year.

All over it!

However when one lives amid the poverty of an informal settlement like many of the kids of The Unstressed Surf School this level of rain can result in general unpleasantness, disorder and chaos.


But then yesterday, the last saturday of the Easter holidays, broke out balmy and bright –

The full wrap

a perfect autumn morning on Chintsa Beach.


Ready for a bit of sunshine  and with still wind and small waves the conditions were just right for a boat ride and perhaps a dolphin sighting or two.

Warm up yoga with Ash

THis isn’t the first time that the kids have been taken out on the boat and they are starting to become familiar with the wrap as their exposure to the sea and its vessels expands.

Girl TeamWhile teams of three went for a cruise,

Big Jump

others took to the surf,

Wave hunting

rounding off the morning,

Girls Back

with a spat of beach touch rudgy in true South African style.

Beach Touch

As Mike of AHJ, Surf School project co-ordinator and leader said to me this morning while reflecting on yesterday’s session – ‘It was a rich day for kids’. And indeed it was. It is good to be reminded that wealth comes in many disguises.

Celebrating Wealth – Easter Holidays in Chintsa April 2013


12 thoughts on “Rich Kids

  1. I like “a rich day for kids”. It makes me think Hunter S. Thompson’s quote which while essentially true “It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.” can also be considered the other way – the sea and a beautiful day treats everyone equally whereas beyond the shore, there is a disparity between rich and poor.

    • Was on the road when I replied to this much appreciated comment and didn’t do it justice. Levelling the playing field is interesting food for thought. Here we see certain sports such as long distance running do a bit of that. So many activities are not accessible to the poor but certainly a walk on the beach if there happens to be one in the area, or a hike through a forest path provide an exhilarating experience for anyone who is open to it. These kids have been given access to a board and a wetsuit and it is literally changing some of their lives through the choices that they are now making with regard to how to spend their time. Very cool.

  2. I was surprised to see you writing about rich kids, and wondered where they were going to appear until the story, until I got to the end. You can be poor in money terms but rich in love and happiness. It helps to have some money too of course 😉

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