Running alongside one of the globe’s biggest surfing contests, The Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill, is the all-inclusive festival which provides holidaymakers with an expansive entertainment programme – all free of charge! Running at KwaDukuza from 27 June to 7 July, The Ballito Pro welcomes extreme sports’ stars and non-stop beachside entertainment in one of the country’s most stunning winter spots.
“The Ballito Pro festival has been planned to maximise on the awesome North Coast setting with its chilled-out vibe and dynamic residents,” explained Collette Bundy, festival organiser. “Visitors can look forward to everything from extreme biking stunts and seaside contests to fantastic shopping options and food stalls – all while enjoying the sunny seaside weather!”
The Ballito Pro Festival extreme action programme
– Mini Ramp Skate Jams & MX Trials biking with Monster Energy’s Khule Ngubane & The Le Riche Brothers (4 to 7 July)
It’s all about adrenaline-fuelled action as the unmissable Monster Energy activations get underway. There will be some incredible skateboarding going down in the form of Skate Jam sessions at the mini ramp with Khule Ngubane: “I’m looking forward to being back at the Ballito Pro – the vibe is always great there and I’m stoked to shred the mini ramp with all up-and-coming groms!”
This year the Ballito Pro also welcomes back two of the country’s top stunt masters on two wheels – Trial bike stalwarts Bruce and Brent le Riche.
“We will be performing our brand new pull out 3.7m-high undercut ledge!” said Brent le Riche. “This is the biggest undercut step in the world! This trick demands extreme precision as there is zero margin for error – too little power and the back-wheel tucks under the ledge, turning this into a life-threatening situation very quickly. Attacking this step for the rider is also really difficult as they can’t focus clearly on the impact area because of the extent of the pull out. This is a must-see, world-class stunt!”
– The KwaDukuza Municipality, in partnership with Ballito Footy U13-15, Football Activations (4 and 5 July)
There will be some fun-filled beachside action taking place as local U13 and U15 teams go head-to-head in this quadrangular beach soccer tournament. The teams will consist of players from KP Projects – NPO partner of Footy – as well as members from SAFA KwaDukuza. The KP Projects squad will consist of the top 15 players per age group, selected from 10 loca,l under-privileged primary schools in the Ilembe district.
“For some of these players it will be their first trip to the beach and they are even more excited to get to play the beautiful game at this venue,” said Kyle Crichton of Footy Ballito.
The tournament will run for two days – between 10am and 1pm – and is guaranteed to be action-packed beach soccer ideal for spectator support. There will also be a number of fun mini-tournaments and matches for the public including Dads & Lads, Moms& Daughters, family matches, age group tournaments, and more!
– Daily Entertainment and Beach Activities
Get to the Coke a Cola Football Arena for daily beachside games. Visitors can sit on the sidelines and enjoy – or get involved in – beach football, beach volleyball, fashion shows, competitions and dance displays by local talent.
The Mike’s Kitchen Kiddies’ Activation area on the beach will give the little ones lots of enjoyment through a number of fun activities including face painting, sandcastle building, colouring in, jumping castle and much more. To top it all, each child will receive a take home lucky packet and Mike’s Kitchen voucher. The Mike’s Kitchen childminders will be on hand to ensure a safe and fun time for all the children.
– Retail Area
From 9am to 5pm daily, visitors will be able to browse quality crafts, clothing and other retail options as well as indulge in they many food and drink options found in the Food Court and Cider Garden.
Also featuring at the festival…
And if the extensive beachside action isn’t enough, here are a few more compelling reasons for visitors to get to KwaDukuza this winter holiday:
– Meet Sal Masakela, renowned sports’ presenter, musician and this year’s Ballito Pro ambassador.
– Legendary South African surfboard shapers crafting on site.
– The Ballito Pro Music Concerts presented by 5FM featuring top South African acts, free of charge.
– After Dark Parties – hosted by Crush Ballito.
– Meet Simon Keys and Siouxsie Gillett, the hosts of popular Nat Geo WildTV show ‘Snake City’.
– Save the Waves recycling campaign including the Litter4Tokens Recycling Programme.
– Ballito Pro Food presented by Ballito Junction Regional Mall.
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