Sunday, 16 January 2011

RIP Zama Ndamase

I was very saddened today to hear the news that 16 year old surfer from Port St Johns in the Transkei, Zama Ndamase, had been attacked by a shark and died from loss of blood at his home break of Second Beach. I met and shot with Zama four years ago during a trip Miles Masterson and myself did to document the plight, and rise, of surfers from South Africa's townships and ghettos for Huck Magazine.

Now 16, Zama had risen to become one of Borders most promising surfers from the Pt St Johns area. Not only was he surfing competitively for the province, competing at the SA Grommet Games and the SA Junior Championships, but he had been awarded the SSA Surfing Scholarship in 2009 along with fellow Port St Johns surfer Zitobile Msesiwe.

One of my favorite pictures from that Huck trip was one of Zama and his older brother Avuyile outside their home a few hundred meters from Second Beach. I can remember how stoked him and his brother were on surfing and how pleased and proud his mom was they doing something healthy that kept them outa trouble and away from the tsotsis. 

A fund has been setup to help the Ndamase with the necessary expenses and get a grief counselor to the area to help the other kids deal with this tragedy. The details are on the Zigzag website here.

Below are a few of the other pics from our short time with Zama.

RIP Brother...

Zama and his older brother Avuyile outside their home

Second Beach in Port St Johns


Zama, his mom Ntombudono and brother Avuyile

Zama at Second Beach


1 comment:

  1. Sad sad sad.. Our hearts is crying here in Brazil. I believe that your amazing family will continue your job and will realize your dream, Zama. God is on control. Believe me. R.I.P., boy. You are a beautiful example to all of us in world. Now the sky is happy with your presence.

    Jorge Jojó,
    From Rio de Janeiro city,