Ex-Graemian opens surf school
After completing his International Surf Association (ISA) level one instructor course, Old Graemian Cuan Macgregor officially opened the Shaka Surf School in Port Alfred.
This makes Cuan the only coach along the Sunshine Coast with an international qualification. While Cuan and his father David have run a surf school during previous December holidays, David said: “We decided to turn our lifelong love of surfing into a permanent all-year-round business so we can spread the stoke of surfing far and wide.”
The surf school has also received support from Billabong South Africa “through their outreach programmes,” said David, who is the founder and mentor of Shaka Surf school.
The father and son have formed a partnership “to try get others into surfing”.
Surfing runs deep in the Macgregor family, after David’s grandfather first took up the sport in 1927. “My dad and uncles all followed as did myself and my cousins”.
Cuan and his younger brother Kye are fourth generation surfers and all three are former South African long board surfing champions.
Kye is currently surfing the junior professional circuit and is sponsored by Billabong and GStar surfboards. Kye is currently coached by Cuan and his father David, who also coach upcoming young surfer Andrew Laverge.
Cuan says the name Shaka comes from Hawaii and is a common greeting sign in that culture where the thumb and pinky finger are raised in a gesture of friendly intent.
While the surf school has been running for 10 years, it has been rebranded to Shaka Surf School just this year, and “the response has been awesome”, said David.
David has been involved in local development surfing for 20 years and has produced two surfers who made the provincial team and one national team surfer. “We are currently mentoring Andrew Laverge and have plans to nurture the next generation of township surfers after the season has past,” said David.
“One of my greatest joys in life is spending time on the beach teaching people to surf,” said David who added that all equipment is supplied by the school, including surfboards and wetsuits. “Instructors go into the water when they are giving lessons. Different rates are in place ranging from oneon-one lessons to group sessions”, said David.
“Besides beginner lessons, we also hope to provide advanced coaching and work with schools in Grahamstown and Port Alfred taking young people surfing,” said David.
“You are never too young or too old to surf.
“Kye started at three and the oldest person I got into surfing only took up the sport when he was 60. He still surfs six years later and is more stoked than any youngster I know,” said David.
Shaka Surf School will have daily lessons during the festive season at East Beach and lessons can be arranged throughout the year by calling David on 082 335 4764 or Cuan, 083 501 8955, or visit the Shaka Surf School Facebook page for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org