The Nine Miles project was established in 2013, when founder Nigel Savel had a vision through the eyes of surfing for the now drug and crime infested community he spent most of his youth in. Having moved out of the community for two years prior to starting the project, he noticed such deterioration in many of the youth and young adults each time he returned to visit. Through a combination of lack of opportunity, the absence of positive mentorship and (for some) extremely impoverished circumstances; many had fallen victim to drugs and other destructive lifestyle habits. The drug epidemic seemed to spread faster than anyone would expect and even those close to Nigel were soon trapped in these destructive addictions that had webbed the community.
Whilst growing up, surfing had offered Nigel Savel an escape as it required discipline, focus and commitment. Surfing, his coaches and other positive mentors helped him to become goal driven in life and because of that he was able to escape the plight that threatened him and his peers. Seeing that many others had not been so fortunate and seemed trapped in a place they could not get themselves out of caused Nigel & his wife Sher’Neil Savel to be so moved with compassion that they had to act and start an organization that would stand in the gap and give a lost generation support and hope for a better tomorrow…. This is how Nine Miles Project was conceived. It was formally registered on 26 March 2013 and was officially birthed/ launched with a Community Invitational Surf Challenge on 25th May 2013.