• from Emi Koch's trip to South Africa

Billabong's Emi Koch took off for South Africa to work with one of her Beyond the Surface partners Uthombo Surf Club in Durban. Pictured above, visiting the small preschool at a literal trash dump over a hundred people call home.

A few more photos from her trip:

he children were so excited for visitors and loved being in pictures and seeing themselves in the digital camera afterwards, laughing with a look of awe on their faces and the technology!

Above: The children were so excited for visitors and loved being in pictures and seeing themselves in the digital camera afterwards, laughing with a look of awe on their faces and the technology.

A group of surfer groms at the Umthombo

Above: A group of surfer groms at the Umthombo "Safe Space" where many of the children and teens call a home and a place of comfort off of the dangerous streets of Durban.

One of the most resilient girls in the program who'd seen more in her seventeen years than most see in a lifetime.

Above: One of the most resilient girls in the program who'd seen more in her seventeen years than most see in a lifetime. An avid surfer and beautiful soul and an amazing friend.

The most huggable kid in the world who loved apples!

Above: The most huggable kid in the world who loved apples!