Disabled surfer Adam Cazalet makes his way into the water on a special amphibious wheel chair.
Disabled surfer Adam Cazalet makes his way into the water on a special amphibious wheel chair. Diana Willis

Disabled have a day in the surf

MORE than 30 members of the local disabled community will be get a new lease on life this Sunday, when they ditch their wheelchairs, hospital beds and medications for an epic day of sun, sand and surf.

The Surfers Helping Surfers Cocky Classic Hands-On Surfing Day at Kingscliff Beach is now in it’s fourth year and fast becoming one of the most-popular events on the Tweed disabled calendar.

Providing the disabled with an opportunity to enjoy the wonder of the ocean and the fun that can be had carving the waves, the event offers participants the chance to experience something they may otherwise have never had the chance.

“We’ve had 40-to-50-year-old adults who have never seen water and we give them the chance,” Peter Stannard from the Disabled Surfers Asssociation Far North Coast, said.

“We cater for any disability and age group whatsoever.

“It can be a little difficult with some of them, but eventually they see their mates out there having a ball and they come around.

“We had a lady on life support last week in Byron which was an experience, but she went back to hospital boasting and now everyone else wants a go. It’s also a good chance for the carers and parents to get a bit of time out.

“It’s amazing, the event just continues to grow each year.”

The DSA FNC, which covers from the border to Grafton, has been running for 23 years on the general premise of surfers helping surfers.

The volunteer-based orgainisation recieves great assistance from the Tweed Coast Old Mailbu Club and the Tweed Shire Council’s Age and Disablity Care Worker Maggie Groff, but no government contributions. Hence volunteers are always sort and welcomed.

The free day kicks off from 10am and a barbecue lunch will be provided. All members of the local and visiting disabled community are invited and simply require swimmers and a hat.

Volunteers are asked to arrive an hour early for briefing and training.

Interested parties can contact Stannard on 0438 580 537.



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