Waves For Change at the Second Annual Extreme Abilities Adaptive Surf Day
Yesterday, the 17th March, the Waves for Change coaching crew headed over to Blouberg Strand to assist at the second annual “Extreme Abilities” adaptive surf day, hosted by Surfing South Africa.
The day saw 46 handicapped members of the wider Cape Town area enter the water with the assistance of a strong crew of volunteers from the Cape Town surfing community, including the coaching crew from Waves for Change.
Arriving early in the morning we spent 5 hours in and out of the water using aquatic wheel chairs and long boards to ensure the participants entered the water safely and enjoyed long rides. The community spirit was tangible as we all pulled closer throughout the day, many new friendships were made on what was a really special day for South Afrcian surfing.
For the Waves for Change coaches, the day was an add-on to their training and a focus was put on the forging of relationships and their communication skills. It was great to see them adapting to the coaching environment quickly and making their participants feel safe in the water, reassusring them constantly and celbrating their good rides: all skills to be tranferred back to Monwabisi and Masiphumelele as they continue to work with the youth of their area.
Our thanks again to Surfing South Africa for putting the event on. They continue to do great things for surfing in this country and we are proud to work in partnership with them.