Help city surfer compete on the international stage
LOCAL surfer Alfonso Peters is unlike any other surfing champion: he once slept on the streets, committing petty crimes to stay alive.
But, after discovering surfing, he shot up the ranks and, last year, trounced multiple South African champion Matthew Moir in the Tiger’s Milk Winter Classic longboarding championship. Peters is now a surfing instructor at Muizenberg’s Surfers Corner.
“I have been selected to represent South Africa at the ISA World Longboard Championships in Wanning, China, in January.
He’s started a crowdfunding campaign to raise the R40 000 he needs to travel to China.
“I am asking for your help. No matter how big or small, to back me so I can proudly represent South Africa at this event.
“Surfing helped me get off the streets. Being selected to represent my country is something I couldn’t even have dreamt of when I was on the streets, but hard work and dedication do pay off,” Peters wrote on his GoGetFunding post.
Peters was born in Mitchells Plain and moved with his mother and younger sister to Manenberg after his father died and they could no longer afford their home.
His older brother stayed with his grandmother, and his older sister with an aunt.
“I was in trouble. I wasn’t going to school and started hanging out with the wrong friends; they taught me the wrong things,” Peters said.
It was not long before he began committing petty crimes and making a home for himself on the streets.
“I used to sleep on the streets and come home weeks later. I felt like I had come from a broken home and there was nothing for me to go back to,” Peters said.
He later ended up at a shelter in Muizenberg called Beautiful Gate, and sent to the School of Hope, which gives at-risk and vulnerable youth a second chance at an education.
Peters discovered surfing through an outreach programme run by Surfshack in Muizenberg.
“It was just by luck that I signed up. I thought I’d rather just play soccer, but then I signed up just to try (surfing). I liked it from the start and never looked back,” he said.
“You can just get out there and not worry about a thing. The only thing you worry about is the next wave coming. You can be free out there.”
You can support Peters’s bid to represent South Africa at the international competition here: https://gogetfunding. com/get-alfonso-to-world-champs-inchina/
CROWDFUNDING: Alfonso Peters, 28, is looking to raise R40 000 so he can compete in an international surfing competition in China.