Exteme Abilities and Surfing South Africa team up for disabled athletes
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 November, 2013 - Adapted surfing was introduced to the disabled community of the Western Cape when the first ever Adapted Surfing Day hosted by Extreme Abilities and Surfing South Africa was held at Big Bay Bloubergstrand in December 2011.
Together with Surfing South Africa and with support from the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Extreme Abilities is hosting the third Adapted Surfing event on Sunday 8 December 2013, International Disability Awareness Day.
More than 70 participants with different disabilities, ranging from high spinal cord injuries and amputees to intellectual disabilities and blindness, are expected to participate in the event.
The aim of Extreme Abilities and Surfing South Africa is to give opportunities to individuals who live with disabilities to explore their own capabilities and experience the freedom of riding a wave at the event.
To ensure that participants get the chance to ride a wave, Surfing South Africa is providing six qualified International Surfing Association coaches to run the programme. But the success of the day is dependent on at least 100 volunteers turning out to assist the participants get down to the water’s edge and onto the waves.
Further information on the Adapted Surfing Day, including application forms for participants and volunteers, is available at the Extreme Abilities website and via email from Surfing South Africa at surfingsouthafrica @ gmail.com
Everyone is encouraged to spread the stoke of riding waves by coming to the Adapted Surfing Day at Big Bay, Bloubergstrand on Sunday December 8 and giving the participants a helping hand.
If you would like to be part of this event, or support it in any way, please contact Robin de Kock at Surfing South Africa at surfingsouthafrica @ gmail.com or Dries Millard of Extreme Abilities at dries @ extremeabilities.co.za