Surfing clinic attracts record number

2019-07-30 06:01
An Adaptive Surfing Clinic held in Muizenberg brought out great number of people with varying levels of special needs to surf; some for the first time.

An Adaptive Surfing Clinic held in Muizenberg brought out great number of people with varying levels of special needs to surf; some for the first time.

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Adaptive Surfing Clinic held in Muizenberg attracted a record number of grass-roots adaptive surfers and volunteers.

The clinic, hosted on Sunday 21 July by Surf Emporium, also marked the official launch of the Roxy Davis Foundation as one of the drivers of grass-roots adaptive surfing in South Africa. The foundation is a non-profit organisation (NPO) that aims to affect meaningful, evidence-based change in people’s lives by improving their mental and physical well-being through ocean based therapy.

The clinic also celebrated the launch of an exciting partnership with Virgin Active South Africa as part of its Changing Business For Good initiative.

The collaborators aim to bring exercise to people with disabilities. Virgin Active sponsored five adaptive surfboards for the Adaptive Surfing programme. These boards are specially customised for surfers with disabilities. Employees of the gym and their members joined the enthusiastic team of over 70 volunteers who are integral in making these clinics possible.

The foundation’s ambassador and Protea cricketer Dale Steyn, who is an avid surfer, supported the event and enjoyed meetings all the adaptive surfing participants.

Adaptive Surfing Cape Town, headed up by two-time world champion Anthony Smyth, is an instrumental part of the Adaptive Surfing clinics. Smyth and national Adaptive Surfing team members Tyler Pike and Daniel Nel, and Surf Emporium’s team of qualified adaptive surf coaches, provided participants and volunteers with the guidance and coaching they needed. Smyth also heads up “Learn to Turn”, focusing on the competitive side of adaptive surfing.

Adaptive surfing participants from across Cape Town attended the clinic, including the Warrior on Wheels Foundation members and employees of the Altitude Group who participated in an adaptive surfing clinic for the first time.

Alistair Roberts, managing director of the Altitude Group had a sign interpreter attend the clinic to assist with the translation of the surf lessons for deaf participants. The surf conditions were ideal, providing plenty of surf for all participants. Six teams were running concurrently each with a group of adaptive surfers supported by their head coach, head volunteer, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) and volunteer support team. More than half of the participants were first time surfers. V For more info on how to get involved as an adaptive surfer or volunteer visit www.roxydavisfoundation.org or contact Roxy Davis on 082 562 8687.

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