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Portrait of a beachfront

Durban’s known for its beaches – not only from an annual holiday-migration point of view but also in the everyday living, surf-before-work kind of way. Getaway Magazine sent their photo Editor, Teagan Cunniffe, to capture some of its more atmospheric scenes for the December 2016 issue of Getaway magazine.

 

Delight – a group of school children from Limpopo travelled 876kms to see the sea for the first time.

 

Stand up paddlers heading out to sea, the profile of Durban city in the background.

 

The colours of late afternoon and early morning, as the sun rises over the sea and sets over the city.

 

A Zionist walks out into the water in an early-morning cleansing ceremony.

 

Dedication from the Durban Surf Live-saving Club – chilly winter waters and vigorous exercise as they train up for an upcoming Championship.

 

There are five lifesaving clubs between the Umgeni River Mouth and uShaka Marine World. They work hand-in-hand, in combination with eThekwini municipality, to ensure swimmer’s safety.

 

A famous sight – the Seine Netters pulling in nets near Durban Underwater Club.

 

Surfers Not Street Children, an organisation that uplifts and empowers kids. They also provide surf therapy, teaching children how to surf, giving them an outlet into nature and community.

 

Hazy mornings with rough seas barely deter regular early-morning swimmers.

 

Walking out along the pier on North Beach and jumping into the waters below is the quickest – but not the safest – way for surfers to get out onto the open waters.

 

Screams and shouts follow you as you walk along the shoreline – the sounds marking joyful abandon at the ocean.

 

Many routinely head out for a swim along the backline, armed with short fins as they swim amongst the surfers.

 

The water is used by all – surfers, swimmers, fishermen, spiritual devotees, kids and the elderly. Everyone is welcome in these warm waters that form part of Durban’s core identity.

Portrait of a beachfront

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ABOUT AMANDA SAMPAIO

Amanda Sampaio

A bit about me: I am Rhodesian born, grew up in Zululand, South Africa. Post matriculation, I studied a 3 year Travel & Tourism National Diploma; I then spent 7.5 years (during the mid-90’s) working in various operational roles for SAA at the old Durban Airport; My husband, son & I then moved to the UK and lived in south-west London (Worcester Park) for 10.5 years – I worked for 3.5 years in Local Government (at Epsom & Ewell Borough Council) and then for 7 years for QANTAS as part of the Cabin Crew Ground Management Team based at Heathrow and later with Qantas Corporate Sales based in their London Hammersmith office. My family and I have been back in South Africa for almost 3 years now (having missed too much of our family, SA sunshine and braai’s) and during our time back, we are also delighted to have welcomed our 17 month old baby girl into our family! Travel is definitely my passion and is in my ‘blood’ as I am firmly back in the travel seat with my current role within Sales and Marketing at iGo Travel and look after this for our newly launched brand ‘iGO Africa’.