Jai Gorton from Cabarita enjoys the hands-on day at Kingscliff Beach.
Jai Gorton from Cabarita enjoys the hands-on day at Kingscliff Beach. Felicia Kosegi

Spirits high for Cocky Classic

THE perfect weather on Sunday made this year’s Cocky Classic the best yet.

Around 16 members of Tweed’s disabled community basked in the sunshine and splashed in the water as they took over Kingscliff Beach.

Now in its fourth year, The Surfers Helping Surfers Cocky Classic Hands-on Surfing Day is run by Disabled Surfing Australia, and is a free, hands-on day for people with disabilities to catch a few waves.

President of Disabled Surfing Australia Peter Stannard said although there was only 16 participants, there were six times as many smiles.

“It was brilliant,” he said.

“The weather was good, the surf was good, and we had the most volunteers so far.”

“There was a few tears at the beginning, but that usually happens, but after that; everything went wonderfully.

“We had a few boys that have been coming along every year, and this year they actually managed to stand up on the board which was great!”

With a six-to-one ratio of volunteers to participants, each of the happy surfing participants had plenty of support.

“We had a little presentation after with a barbecue lunch and everyone got a little present who participated,” he said.

Disabled Surfing Australia covers the region from the border to Grafton and has been running for 23 years on the premise that surfing enriches people’s lives.

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

The volunteer-based organisation received great assistance from the Tweed Coast Old Malibu Club and the Tweed Shire Council’s Age and Disability Care workers Maggie Groff, but without any government contributions. The next Disabled Surfing Association hands-on day will be held at Evans Head on January 16.



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