“The idea with the Adapted Surfing Day is to take a person with a disability, put him in the water and change his perspective on his own disability and his own capabilities. It sounds very simple, but if you see the smiles on these people’s faces you’ll get it immediately.” explained Dries.
Dries himself has been surfing with a disability for the past few years, following a car accident during his final year of high school that left him paralysed. Keen to share the stoke, Dries went about putting the plans in place for the Adapted Surfing Day to happen.
The Extreme Abilities Adapted Surfing Day would not have been possible without the support of the sponsors, as well as the nearly 100 volunteers who showed up to assist in getting the 70 participants onto the wave of their life, so far – because judging by the stoke on their faces, they will be back for more at the next event.
As you know – once you’ve caught your first wave, you’re hooked…
Graham summed the day up best when he claimed that, “surfing’s cool!”
Check out the highlights from a stoke-filled day below.