A free surf weekend for disabled people at Fistral Beach on June 27-28
Pro surfers and members of the Cornish surf community will be running free surfing tasters for disabled people all weekend at The Wave Project Summer Surf Challenge on June 27-28 in Newquay. The popular annual event is sponsored by insurance company Amlin and will take place at Fistral Beach.
photo ©Simon Burt
People with disabilities will be able to turn up to and go for a free surfing lesson with experienced staff. Kit and equipment is being donated by the Wave Project, Newquay Surf Lifesaving Club and Fistral Surf School. Volunteers will include staff from the Wave Project, Cornwall Fire Service, RNAS Culdrose and Cornwall’s surf lifesaving clubs. Former pro surf champions Russell Winter and Hannah Harding, and current UK surf champion Jayce Robinson will be attending as VIP surf instructors. This year, dance music station Juice FM will be broadcasting live from the event all day on Saturday in Fistral Beach Bar.
Wave Project spokesman Joe Taylor said the emphasis was on inclusion and having fun. “This year we are delighted to be able to run free surf tasters all weekend for people with disabilities. Sessions will be supervised by qualified surf instructors and pro surfers, and all the kit is being provided by the local surf community.”
“We are particularly grateful to Fistral Surf School and Newquay Surf Lifesaving Club for their ongoing support of this event. But the Wave Project is all about volunteers, and we will have them out in force. People are coming from all over the country to help provide a free surfing weekend for people with disabilities.
“We hope that the Surf Challenge will prove that disability need not be a barrier for going surfing – after all, some of world’s greatest surfers have impairments, including Bethany Hamilton and Clay Marzo.”
Wave Project ambassador and pro surfer Hannah Harding added: “It’s a real honour to be able to work with people with disabilities in the water and see the smiles on their faces when they catch a wave. I’m really stoked to be taking part in this amazing event.”
The event is also being supported by Surfing GB, the national body for surfing, and the UK Pro Surf Association.
Nick Rees from Surfing GB said: “We are delighted once again to be supporting the Wave Project’s inclusive surfing event in Newquay. Surfing GB is committed to increasing opportunities for all in surfing across the UK, so we are proud to be supporting the Wave Project Surf Challenge.”
People who wish to take part can complete an entry form on the Wave Project website at online www.waveproject.co.uk/ssc15.