South African-based surf festival entity Wavescape raised over $10,200 (R85,000) in an auction in Amagansett, NY last week to benefit the Hoops4Hope and the Isiqalo Foundation charities, which aim to help kids in African countries.
Shani Judes, Wavescape’s film festival co-coordinator, traveled from Cape Town to Long Island to donate five locally-decorated surfboards to Hoops4Hope founder Mark Crandall as pieces for the auction. The surfboards were painted and designed by local South African artistsÂ Marcelle Marais, Studio Muti, Cassandra Leigh, Jade Klara, Wesley van Eeden, and Gerhard Human.
Each board displayed a unique design, from portraits of common African fish to underwater scenes. Four of the boards were sold, and one is being donated to Neoteric Fine Art gallery in Amagansett, which is having it’s own surfboard art auction Aug.25 also benefitting Hoops4Hope, the Surfrider Foundation and Citizens for Access Rights.
Hoops4Hope is a nonprofit organization which provides positive life experiences for kids in Zimbabwe and South Africa through sports such as basketball and soccer. The Isiqalo Foundation teaches kids about HIV awareness and aids them in obtaining life skills through surfing.
Check out some of the boards auctioned off below and visit Wavescape for a full gallery!