Disabled youth taken surfing in Northern Ireland
Disabled Surf Festival runs in Northern Ireland
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 June, 2012 : - - Northern Ireland’s first ‘Disabled Surf Festival’ took place this weekend on Saturday (June 9) at Benone Beach. The festival was organised by Long Line Surf School which is situated on Ireland’s longest beach. The Long Line Disabled Surf Festival was created in order for young people with a disability aged eight to 25 from all over the country to come down and take part in a free surfing experience which has never been offered to them before. Innovative new and customised surfboards were created for wheelchair users in a highly unique surfing festival.
With the great help and sponsorship from Disability Sports Northern Ireland, Coastal Core Lifeguard Trainers, Treasure Trails Northern Ireland and Fruice Drinks this festival brought over 30 people with disabilities together for the day where the family could take part with surfing, a treasure trail through the sand dunes and inclusive games.
Dan, the organiser and owner of Long Line Surf School explained: “This festival was created to give everyone the experience of surfing. We want the child or young person with the disability to take the driver’s seat but we also wanted it to be one of those rare events where the whole family is allowed as parents, guardians and siblings jumped in the water as well.”
Read the full article at London Derry Sentinel
Source: London Derry Sentinel
Tags: Northern Ireland, Disabled Surf, Surf Camps