England’s first ever Adaptive Surfing Open took place on the 16th September.
A ceremony in the stormy seas of Watergate Bay in Cornwall. As 18 adaptive surfers from the UK, USA, Italy & France competed across five divisions to take the inaugural titles.
The surfers competed in divisions based on their functional surfing ability; Prone Division, Sitting/kneeling Division, Assisted Division, Open Division & Standing Division. The conditions were 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.
“Today was a momentous day that’s been a long time coming, surfing as a sport holds many possibilities but seeing the impact of today’s event is reminder that it’s more than just a sport.
I would like to thanks surfing England for the invitation and for the opportunity to be part of this great event that I am sure will help the sport to grow and will involte more people.