FEEL GOOD| Durban surfer and protester makes peace with Metro cops

FEEL GOOD| Durban surfer treats Metro cops to breakfast for lockdown diligence

The Durban Metro Rescue and Search Unit were being thanked for their courteous and professional rapport towards the surfers during their protests earlier in the year. 


After the hectic surfers' protest Beyrick De Vries (28)  and his surfer friends had during the harder lockdown levels, he hosted an appreciation breakfast and surfing session for local Metro Search and Rescue officers to thank them for the work they've done, especially as COVID-19 continues to exist amid us. 

Sky is describing the kind act as a "kiss and make-up story" but for the professional surfer this was simply an act of gratitude towards the professional manner in which the Durban Metro Search and Rescue Unit dealt with them regardless of their persistence to surf and protest earlier this year.

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He takes Sky through how they ended up escorted by the Durban Metro Search and Rescue Unit and SAPS. He also shares how he wanted to give the officers a moment of relaxation and introduce them to the peace that comes with surfing by granting them the lesson/session in water. 

Take a listen here: 

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If you don't recall, it was in January when disgruntled surfers took to the beaches protesting in Durban against the beach ban or or the "sand rule" as surfers called , which was imposed by national government to curb Covid-19 infections.

The surfers gathered at the New Pier beach during the early morning hours to protest and raise awareness of how "poorly thought out" the ban was.

Here's a video of De Vries after the incident occurred: 

Luckily, as he explains in the audio and the video, the surfers were not arrested but given an official warning by the cops before they peacefully left the scene.

Thanks to the monthly board meetings that De Vries hosts sponsored by the local coffee company, Ella they were able to give this one to the Durban Metro Search and Rescue Unit. 

These monthly board meetings are mainly there to celebrate the underrated great work by South Africans for South Africans. 

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So, this was Thursday June 10, when De Vries hosted the Durban Metro officers to join him surfing at their monthly board meeting: 


De Vries added that it was an absolute pleasure to host the members and to give them a surfing lesson.

And we just want to commend De Vries and the other surfers for a thoughtful and kind gesture. It's not everyday where you see people acknowledge and remember good law officers in our country. It's also not everyday that you witness such a cool "kiss and make-up" story! 

Follow Beyrick on Instagram for more surfers' content. 

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