What advice do you have for anyone who wants to give children the gift of surfing?
It all starts with a surfboard and a little bit of time. If you can take even 5 minutes to help a struggling kid in the water or take a friend surfing for the first time, it could be the start of something amazing! I mean, that's how we all started.
Did you get to know any of the kids in the film's stories?
Just looking into their eyes and seeing so much tension, pain and experience well beyond their age and small frames. To hear about the violence and hardships those kids are exposed to in the townships each and every day cut into your soul. It was very emotional.
What is it about surfing that is so magical to everyone who sees it?
Surfing is the ultimate equalizer. Anyone who enters into the water gives up personal control because the power of the ocean takes over. You have to trust the ocean and respect it in so many different ways that it truly is liberating. I think this freedom that you experience when you go surfing is one of the most special things in the universe and anyone who gets to feel that is hooked for life.
What was the most impactful moment for you personally while filming CSOV?
During the filming, it was unbelievable to see where the kids were coming from that live in the townships and work at the camps with Waves For Change. Cape Town is such a diverse area; it was really special to go to the townships and meet the instructors at their houses, go to the schools and pick the kids up and head to the beach. It gave a lot of perspective to how important the community Waves For Change is creating and how great the ocean is to have and be able to share with friends.