Meet our team

Surfpop Foundation is run by a qualified and incredible team, who each bring their unique skill set to the program. To ensure a safe space for the children, all our team members also act as caring mentors. The foundation is governed by a board of directors consisting of Daniel Botha as chairperson, Alwyn Lubbe as treasurer and Céline Hoeks as secretary. Together they ensure that the organisation is run in line with the South African and Dutch legislation for non-profit organisations. Once a year, the Surfpop Advisory Board convenes, bringing together professionals and program graduates whose experiences help Surfpop improve its program planning and implementation and whose network contribute towards raising awareness and funds for the Surfpop program. Board members are not remunerated for their role as directors and advisors on the boards. 

Daniel Botha

Founder and director + Learn more

Céline Hoeks

Program, monitoring and evaluation + Learn more

Alwyn Lubbe

Education and finance + Learn more

Amylee Adams

Head surf coach and life coach + Learn more

Luxolo Ponco

Head surf coach and life coach + Learn more

Babongile Kali

Assistant surf coach + Learn more

Shaleen Chikuni

Class manager, teacher and life coach + Learn more

Linda Ntamo

Class manager, teacher and life coach + Learn more

Mzwandile Mkonweni

Driver and community liaison + Learn more

Siviwe Jaxa

Driver + Learn more

Zandie Mbekwana

Cook and translator + Learn more

Meet our ambassadors

Jennica Lowell

Ambassador + Learn more

Joshe Faulkner

Ambassador + Learn more