Cass Collier Surf Academy

Iconic Cape Town Local Cass Collier has never stopped moving forward. Through the dark ages of apartheid to this New Day, Cass has always been in the front lines graciously chopping through the nonsense and making way for greatness.


The history behind Cass is rich. Many would have used the "struggle" as an excuse for anger, resentment, and a lack of progress but he did not. Today he is set up in such a grand way to further his name and his movements. Cass works within the community of Cape Town to develop better lives through surfing and natural lifestyle. 

All of this is a result of never giving in to the pressures of outside opinion and negative vibes but rather, moving ahead with a burning torch for all to witness. 

In 1999, South African Rastafari Children Cass Collier and Ian Armstrong won the Big Wave World Champs in Todo Santos, Mexico. Since that time and before, Cass has been working on raising awareness, funds, and competing in surf events around the world.  Through surfing and positive living,  he knows the betterment of individuals in the local townships and the wealthy areas of Cape Town can be achieved. 


Over the years, the radical efforts of Cass and other local residents, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists have made a big impact on the community around Muizenberg Beach. They have made surfing possible for so many who would otherwise not have been on a board. He and others involved have also shone a light into dark places, changing peoples lives no matter the background,  helping them to see the beautiful journey and not the struggle.

It has been a rocky road, one that has been met with a positive attitude even while heavy losses were incurred. Anybody who knows of Cass at muizenberg beach,  probably has a version of the unfoldings. There are no bad thoughts about the past, it has happened and we can learn from it. Today we have the present. Achieving success in the future, will depend on so many people taking action.


If there was a time-lapse film of the beach at Muizenberg over the last several decades, Cass would be like a lamp in the images ,always there, and always on. Hosting group events with kids from all walks of life, working out of the historic buildings right on the beach front with boards and wetsuits, helping all to get out on the water and catch a vibe. No matter the date or time, it would be him that was active in the area. Children and elders look to him, and he to them.  

So what is this fundraiser about ? The Cass Collier Surf Academy is sending Cass to compete at an international surf event hosted by world famous Mr Derek Hynd. This event has been requested by Mr Hynd "to be kept as quiet as possible" but that we have permission to use his name for this fundraising effort.  This year the matches will be held at a few locations I have yet to learn myself. A clue could be that the entry fees are 1000 Aus dollars per event. At this time, all of the athletes have been invited and the competition is on.

Cass has currently ranked within the top ten for the events and has been formally invited by Mr Hynd to compete this year at what he describes as "Not a tour" but rather "a series of matches".  A "showcase of roots and art" "something that defies the ideas of surf competitions today" Mr Hynd packed a multitude of compliments into the letter inviting the world champion to compete " I have always been a huge fan of your surfing and attitude" said Derek in one line. 

This fundraising drive is to send Cass to the event, pay entry fees, and assist with equipment costs that are vital to his success or even ability to compete at this world class championship. This opportunity offers another level of international recognition the surf academy really needs to move forward and take operations to higher heights. The goal is not  simply to throw money at one individual and forget the rest but rather, take all an event like this can offer the collective thereafter and treat it as gold from now, regardless of any outcome. Cass will always benefit others through his success, this I know.

There have been many ways in which Cass has made a success of his life. Many times when he could have paid for this out of his pocket, and more when the smile on his face was so big ! Few could know the joy he experiences. Cass has put all of his time and money into building an idea that will come to light, he has waited patiently and let go. When Casss lived up the street from I family, his place was like a hub, always buzzing, and never did I imagine the opportunity of working together to see his life efforts become again world famous, and supported.   

Another way to understand the lack of funds available is that Cass has refused to engage in mainstream marketing initiatives with international brands, something that he has been offered many times. He has always believed in building his own brand, and that its origin is with community, roots, and culture. This can be seen as a big reason Cass is not as public as others have become, and why it is such a privilege to be involved with this movement. 


Every cent raised will go to benefit The Cass Collier Surf Academy, with the intention of using the money to get Cass prepared and to Derek Hynd's international surf match. Thereafter carry on the work of building a community based surf school that will offer its insight to anyone, with or without money to give. The surf competition will run through the month of April and all submissions need to be made by the 15th of March 2020. Yes, a little over a month away. 

Any interest and assistance with this movement is greatly appreciated, it cannot be done without people ready to get this project over the hump, and from an organic word-of- mouth stand point. We invite anybody who is interested to work on this and other projects along side us. Thank you for taking the time to read. This has been a great investment already.


Pls check out "Africa and Abroad" on face book for more events and fundraising efforts. 



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