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A documentary film from the shores and surf of South Africa is making quite a big splash at film festivals worldwide.

Movies about surfing aren’t usually dished up as film festival fare, but then Zulu Surf Riders certainly isn’t your average surfing movie! For one, the film challenges the global stereotype of surfers being blonde, sun-bleached beachbums.

Not that there is anything wrong with blonde, sun-bleached beachbums, of course!

Filmmakers Carlos Francisco and André Cronje introduce viewers to twins Cyril and Meshack Mqadi, Zulus from Umzumbe. With only a limited budget to their disposal, the filmmakers rented equipment and some old surfboards. However, the result is anything but amateurish.

Set against the backdrop of some of KwaZulu-Natal’s most stunning beaches, the Indian Ocean and its powerful waves; Zulu Surf Riders depicts the huge cultural, financial and physical obstacles and struggles the twins had to overcome in their quest to break into a sport that has hitherto mostly been dominated by ‘white boys’ in South Africa.

Zulu Surf Riders is currently showing at the Encounters Film Festival at the Nu Metro in Hyde Park, Johannesburg (until this Sunday, 29 June). Cape Townians will be able to catch it at the V&A Waterfront Nu Metro when the festival moves there from 3 – 13 July.

Don’t miss it!