5FM has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with the Ballito Pro, heading to KwaZulu Natal annually for the surf spectacular. This year will be no different as the station heads to the sunny North Coast town to get in some of the surf action from 3-6 July for Ballito Pro 2019. The high octane event kicked off last week in KwaDakuza and ends on Sunday, 7 July.

Broadcasting live from Wednesday, 3 July until Friday, 5 July, Nick Hamman will bring you all the surf news and interviews from Willard Beach during his show Hammantime (Monday – Friday, 09:00 – 12:00). The Top 40 Charts with Msizi James will also broadcast from the surf contest from 10:00 – 14:00.

The Ballito Pro 2019’s free music concerts are powered by 5FM and sees 5FM DJs take to the decks at Salt Rock Main Beach on Thursday, 4 July and Friday, 5 July. Kicking off from 4pm on both days, 5FM’s DJ Loyd and Ryan the DJ  take the stage alongside Durban’s Gqom duo, Distruction Boyz and Lady Zamar on the Thursday, while Thando Thabethe takes on the duty as concert MC. On Friday Kyle Cassim and Msizi James take to the decks as Msizi also doubles as your MC for the night. 

The weekend promises non-stop entertainment and will continue late into the night with the After Dark Parties at Crush nightclub.

“5FM is a proud media partner of the Ballito Pro for a few years now, broadcasting live from the event for well over 10 years,” says 5FM’s Acting station Manager Liesl Hefkie. “The station looks forward to heading to Ballito each year and being at the heart of the event, bringing listeners from around the country closer to the action. The Ballito Pro endorses some inspired CSi initiatives, which the station is proud to be involved with through its’ own CSi arm Youngblood5.”

The Ballito Pro 2019 will again support community-based surf development programmes when they host a Development Surf Day on Sunday, 7 July, the last day of the festivities with their event ambassador Sal Masekela. Sal, son of legendary jazz musician Hugh Masekela,  is the founder of Stoked Mentoring, a non-profit organisation which uses action sports to empower children from underprivileged communities in the USA.

“The Ballito Pro Presented by O’Neill has enjoyed a longstanding partnership with SABC’s 5FM, which has allowed us, through the platform of this iconic event,  the opportunity to contribute tangibly  not only to tourism development but also more importantly provide opportunities for youth through our various activations and programmes. Through this sports, music and recreation event  we are able to bring together many audiences and people of all ages in South Africa”, adds Ballito Pro event co-ordinator Collette Bundy.

For more information on the Ballito Pro, please visit www.5fm.co.za

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