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Could surf parks be the answer for adaptive surfing access?

Artist rendering of the proposed park in Melville



Surf Parks

Melville Surf Park believes people with disabilities could learn to surf there

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 February, 2017 - Western Australia’s planned $25million URBNSurf park in Melville near Perth plans to use Wavegarden technology and produce head-high wave and follow on the heels of surf park models like Surf Snowdonia in Wales and NLand Surf Park in Texas.

Now the owner of the proposed Melville park says they can provide wheelchair access and other amenities for adaptive surfers.

Wave Park Group chief executive Andrew Ross, whose father was a quadriplegic, believes people with disabilities could learn to surf at the park and told Australian news outlet TheWest that disabled access was a “key and fundamental part of the design”.

In hopes of endorsement of the park, both the Disabled Surfers Association and Rebound WA, formerly Wheelchair Sports WA, have both been contacted regarding the “all-access” surf park but want to see official plans before endorsing.

However, individual surfers like Brant Garvey drive the point home of just what such a park would mean to him and other adaptive surfers.

“My wife told me one of her dreams was to go surfing together but just getting to the beach is a major challenge,” paralympian Brant Garvey told “I think a wave pool would open up a whole world of possibilities for people with disabilities.”

The surf park development would include a cafe, rooftop bar and beach club, retail store, a surf academy, beach cabanas, climbing wall, child minding services, children’s playground and skate course. The park would cost between $20 to $40 an hour, depending on the time of day.

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