Sanza Hanza: King Surfer

About This Episode


Sanza Hanza, a Zulu dialect term for King Surfer, is a short documentary following V.I.R.U.S (Very Intelligent Riders Usually Survive), a gang of young train surfers in the South African slums of Soweto. Born out of a restless desire to embrace life (and death) after years of oppression, it is here that you will find train surfing — the semi-suicidal act of climbing outside, on top and under the city’s public trains while in full flight.

Sanza Hanza: King Surfer intimately captures the bleak, almost existential outlook exhibited by many of the best train surfers as they search for the ultimate ride.