Surf for Unity

2019-12-10 06:00
Aadam Gaidien, Jadon Erasmus and Seth de Boer with quadriplegic Pamela Hansford. Through adaptive surfing clinics she has learned to walk up stairs independently, despite her condition. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

Aadam Gaidien, Jadon Erasmus and Seth de Boer with quadriplegic Pamela Hansford. Through adaptive surfing clinics she has learned to walk up stairs independently, despite her condition. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

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Sunday 15 December will be a day for the abled, disabled and differently-abled to unite in the surf – and take on the waves, perhaps for the first time, at Muizenberg’s Surfer’s Corner.

The Roxy Davis Foundation will be hosting two events on Sunday – a Surf Therapy Clinic for anyone with physical, intellectual or behavioural disabilities who would like to learn to surf, and a marathon of sorts consisting of running, surfing and yoga.

The first event, called Run. Surf. Yoga. kicks off at 08:00 in partnership with the Roxy Make Waves Move Mountains Tour.

Roxy Davis, the founder of the foundation and ambassador for the global Roxy surf brand, says the entire day is to promote togetherness.

“The focus is on creating a tribe and creating safe spaces.”

For this event – a women-only event – which has been running for five years this year, Roxy wants to encourage participants to take on the challenge of leading a healthier lifestyle.

It begins with a 5km walk or run through Muizenberg’s iconic and historic roads. This is followed by a surfing lesson hosted by the Roxy Surf Emporium staff and then a yoga session facilitated by Virgin Active’s yogis.

“We want women to get active and get in the water because there’s something magical that happens when women get together,” says Roxy.

The first 200 women to pre-register will go home with a goodie bag.

This event finishes at noon and is followed by the surfing clinic for differently-abled people and even people who suffer stress-related illness. She says surfing and being in touch with nature can calm people.

Roxy encourages those who take part in the Run. Surf. Yoga. event to also assist as volunteers during this follow-up activity.

The Surf Therapy Clinic will take place to commemorate International Day of Disabled Persons which was recognised on Tuesday 3 December.

The foundation has been engaging differently-abled people for many years and emphasises the ability of the sport to help them cope better in general.

“I started our first school 18 years ago and I just wanted to give back and use surfing as a tool to save lives.

“At The Surf Emporium, we do that through surf therapy – teaching people with physical and mental disabilities.

“We want to let people know that physical activity and therapy and community is what sets these programmes apart.”

V For more information on either event, visit: bit.ly/2Lugwad and bit.ly/38ceZ27

Sunday 15 December will be a day for the abled, disabled and differently-abled to unite in the surf – and take on the waves, perhaps for the first time, at Muizenberg’s Surfer’s Corner.

The Roxy Davis Foundation will be hosting two events on Sunday – a Surf Therapy Clinic for anyone with physical, intellectual or behavioural disabilities who would like to learn to surf, and a marathon of sorts consisting of running, surfing and yoga.

The first event, called Run. Surf. Yoga. kicks off at 08:00 in partnership with the Roxy Make Waves Move Mountains Tour.

Roxy Davis, the founder of the foundation and ambassador for the global Roxy surf brand, says the entire day is to promote togetherness.

“The focus is on creating a tribe and creating safe spaces.”

For this event – a women-only event – which has been running for five years this year, Roxy wants to encourage participants to take on the challenge of leading a healthier lifestyle.

It begins with a 5km walk or run through Muizenberg’s iconic and historic roads. This is followed by a surfing lesson hosted by the Roxy Surf Emporium staff and then a yoga session facilitated by Virgin Active’s yogis. “We want women to get active and get in the water because there’s something magical that happens when women get together,” says Roxy.

The first 200 women to pre-register will go home with a goodie bag.

This event finishes at noon and is followed by the surfing clinic for differently-abled people and even people who suffer stress-related illness. She says surfing and being in touch with nature can calm people.

Roxy encourages those who take part in the Run. Surf. Yoga. event to also assist as volunteers during this follow-up activity.

The Surf Therapy Clinic will take place to commemorate International Day of Disabled Persons which was recognised on Tuesday 3 December.

The foundation has been engaging differently-abled people for many years and emphasises the ability of the sport to help them cope better in general.

“I started our first school 18 years ago and I just wanted to give back and use surfing as a tool to save lives.

“At The Surf Emporium, we do that through surf therapy – teaching people with physical and mental disabilities.

“We want to let people know that physical activity and therapy and community is what sets these programmes apart.”

V For more information on either event, visit: bit.ly/2Lugwad and bit.ly/38ceZ27

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