It’s one of South Africa’s most pop­u­lar hol­i­day play­grounds, at­tract­ing thou­sands in sum­mer. Pho­tog­ra­pher and Dur­ban­ite Tea­gan Cun­niffe cap­tures a typ­i­cal day on the beach­front – and the many mar­vel­lous ways South Africans use and de­light in it

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Its beaches are beloved by all, and if home­girl Tea­gan Cun­niffe‘ s photos of them don’t make you want to dive right in, noth­ing will!

When was the first time you saw the ocean? For these school kids, this was the day. Trav­el­ling by bus all the way from Limpopo (876 kilo­me­tres), and su­per­vised by their smil­ing teach­ers on shore, they splashed and screamed their way through the shal­lows, beam­ing through­out. Some schools make the jour­ney an­nu­ally, but you’ll still find count­less chil­dren in SA who have never seen the sea.

OP­PO­SITE These surfers who are part of Surfers Not Street Chil­dren ( surfnot­streets.org) can be found at New Pier most af­ter­noons. Some go on to com­pete in surf con­tests, but all learn the value of liv­ing in a sup­port­ive com­mu­nity with peo­ple who want to help them achieve their best. Out on the waves, these kids get respite from stress­ful en­vi­ron­ments and a chance to con­nect with na­ture and each other, re­shap­ing their out­look on life and, ul­ti­mately, their fu­ture.

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