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The young bodyboarding fans from South Africa have been awarded R210 000 in full wetsuits, flipper socks, fin tethers, boards with leashes and fins, as a result of a Kumba Iron Ore sponsoring project.

The Lambertsbay and Saldanha regions, on the West Coast of South Africa, have been chosen to get this bodyboarding development project. Together with Reef SA and Boland Bodyboarding, an open contest will be also run.

Fourty kids will smile with their new riding kits and the support brings a huge amount to the health and wellness of the community.

SonSurf, a Christian non-profitable surfing organisation in the Western Cape, runs a weekly Friday afternoon competition to keep the development effort sustainable and to help the kids grow in each area of the sport. The same approach will be followed in Saldanha.

Development clinics introduce the kids to concepts like environmental preservation, pollution, exercise, camaraderie and of course respect for the ocean. Fifteen Boland coaches and their support team will be present at each of these development clinics.

Boland believes that by assigning two or three riders to one trainer, they will absorb and learn much more in a short period of time. Reef SA and Boland Bodyboarding will make four trips to Saldanha to deliver the development clinics.

A fifth trip is planned to bring the 40 Lambertsbay and 40 Saldanha kids together for a 80 rider contest. This is going to be a spectacular event with lots of fun, laughter and great prizes. This contest will form part of the launch of the new Kumba branding.

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