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See the Story of Wave of Hope
About Wave of Hope

The Wave of Hope Surf Academy is a project of Genesis and SafePlace that aims to support young teenagers in our community while teaching surfing. Philani Sikobi has been running Wave of Hope since 2010, but recently partnered with Genesis in Port Shepstone to grow and further his reach and potential. 


The Surf Academy has 60 young surfers who attend weekend surf sessions on a rotating basis. 20 of these surfers are competing at development competitions in the Ugu District through the season.  

These young surfers have been recruited through different programs at Genesis, and are all from communities where SafePlace is working.


"Surfing is my passion, and a powerful tool to connect with young people and give them hope!" - Philani Sikobi, Coach

Coach Philani

The heart of the Surf School. 

As an experienced and decorated Surf Coach, Philani is able to not only find talented young surfers, but is also change lives as a mentor and life coach.  

Philani wants to change lives through the gift of surfing-not to make world champion surfers, but world-changing young men and women.

Wave of Hope needs your support!

There are many ways to support the Surf school which is free to the kids and completely funded by generous partners!

Needs: (used or new)

Surf Boards, long boards, body boards

Surf Wax


Rash Vests/Wetsuits

Packed Lunches

First Aid Kits

Financial Needs: (used or new)

Food Costs

Transport / Vehicles Costs

Tournament Entry Fees

Coach Salary

Surf Repairs

Storage Facilities

If you are interested in partnering with Wave of Hope Surf School in any way, please contact us!

Philani Sikobi

Cell: 063 279 3953