Alec Short volunteers to coach vets from Operation Surf Project in preparation for England’s first ever Adaptive Surfing Open
England’s first ever Adaptive Surfing Open took place over the weekend in the stormy seas of Watergate Bay, Newquay. 18 adaptive surfers from the UK, USA, Italy & France competed across five divisions to take the inaugural titles. The event, which was the first of its kind here in England, follows a global push to celebrate and provide for adaptive surfing. An integral and developing part of the sport for surfers with a variety of disabilities, and an area lead by the the world governing body, the international surfing association.
The surfers competed in divisions based on their functional surfing ability; Prone Division, Sitting/ Kneeling Division, Assisted Division, Open Division & Standing Division. The conditions may have been less than ideal with autumnal low pressures kicking the sea into motion and heavy rain, but nothing would dampen the spirits of the surfers as they enjoyed a day of rivalry and socialising. As contest organisers seeked to learn for the development of additive surfing, as well as identifying potential Team England athletes for the upcoming World Adaptive Surfing Games in California.