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18 November 2010

Zulu Surf Riders on E.TV

DFA member, Carlos Francisco's Zulu Surf Riders will be broadcast on E.TV on Sunday 21st November at 18h30.

Evidence of South Africa’s shifting cultural identities can be seen on KwaZulu Natal’s shores with young Zulu surfers emerging as keen competitors. ‘Zulu surf riders’, tells the story of a pair of second generation surfing twins, Cyril and Mishak Mqade, who have made a life for themselves through this sport. Having grown up in a small community where employment is scarce and education lacking, the film documents the twins’ journeys from their early endeavours to their present day successes. Cyril and Mishak are inspirational figures in their neighbourhood, teaching local youngsters to continue on the path of the ‘Zulu wave’. This film captures the lives of these brothers who, against all odds, have defied traditional taboos to bravely discover a new world.

‘Zulu surf riders’ is entirely self-funded through Scratch the Surfers. Carlos, Andre and Brenen felt drawn to tell the story of these two young men who have sought to change this historically white-dominated sport.

‘Zulu surf riders’ is a surf film about the radical power surfing has to change people’s lives and showcases how surfing has the ability to bring out the humanity in all of us!

For the first time an African perspective on the soulful sport of surfing is captured in Zulu, with English subtext, delivering an amazingly rich and descriptive narrative from our unlikely surfing heroes.

Read the interview with Carlos on Perspective.

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