Nigel Saval was motivated by his love for surfing and the pivotal role that this sport played in his life, he started the 9 Miles Project in 2013 with the vision of improving the community. The project works with the youth of Strandfontein, Bayview, San Remo and surrounding informal settlements in the Western Cape and aims to provide mentorship and support through surfing to individuals susceptible to drug abuse and criminal activity. While growing up, surfing provided Nigel with discipline, focus and commitment and played a positive role in his development. These are the valuable life lessons that Nigel seeks to give back to the youth he works with through the project. His mission is to allow them to reach their full potential, activate their calling and send them forth as leaders into society. Nigel has dedicated his full commitment to the 9 Miles Project, recently giving up his full-time job to devote himself to the youth he works with. By providing surfing lessons and acting as a mentor and positive male figure in the youth’s lives, Nigel is living and breathing the ethos of his organization: “Going the Distance”.